December 13, 2006

Photo: Ben Clark

The San Fransisco indie-noise-rock band Deerhoof will release their eighth album, Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars/5RC), in January. The band returns as a trio, now that guitarist/bassist Chris Cohen has left to focus on his band, the Curtains, full-time.

As the remaining members of Deerhoof, Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich and Greg Saunier have the dubious job of following up their most successful and accessible (albeit for Deerhoof) record to date, The Runners Four. The new record will reportedly feature 12 different covers created by Glasgow artist, David Shrigley.

For those who don’t know, Deerhoof combine the child-like sing-song of Matsuzaki with the spazz-attack seizure activity of Saunier on drums and Dieterich on guitar, along with a stew of occasional noise-synth-electronics. They are nominated for the Plug Independent Music Award’s Best Live Artist.

Listen: Gore in a Rut from The Man The King The Girl, Holy Night Fever from Reveille, Milk Man and Milking from Milk Man, Green Cosmos from Green Cosmos EP, Siriustar from Runners Four, all available from Kill Rock Stars and 5RC. Many others are available here.

Also, check out the self-released Untitled EP (2006) of covers (including the Beatles’ “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”) and other live tunes. 

Deerhoof play at Irving Plaza (NYC) on January 26th, and the Black Cat (DC) on February 11th.

Below is a clip from Deerhoof’s Milk Man Ballet, performed at the North Haven Community School in Maine.

Deerhoof’s Milkman Ballet: ‘Dream Wander’s Tune’

(In a related story, a senior citizen choir recently performed a cover of Sonic Youth’s “Schizophrenia.”)

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