Deerhunter out on UK tour
Alt.rock foursome beloved by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Battles and Nine Inch Nails
Any respectable profile piece on Atlanta, Georgia quartet Deerhunter would necessitate its author to offer a history and overview of the self-styled ghost rock and ambient punk band’s impressive ten-year career. It would thus require the writer to dig deep into the troupe’s gorgeous noise-pop back-catalogue, by way of research. And if such investigation resulted in the loss of several working hours thanks to the, how shall we put it, ‘mesmeric’ cover art for Deerhunter’s 2005 debut album, Turn it Up, Faggot, (let’s just say it involves a naked appendage belonging to the Black Lips’ Jared Swilley), well clearly that would reflect rather shamefully on the journalist in question.
While the sleeve for Deerhunter’s calling card remains something of a talking point, its musical content has since been down-played by frontman Bradford Cox: he has suggested that perhaps they issued their debut too early and too eagerly. Following a professional hiatus, several personnel changes and well-received tours with the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Battles and Nine Inch Nails, however, Deerhunter continue to thrive as a much-loved alt-rock proposition. Their present line-up spans Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh Fauver, and Lockett Pundt, and their current (fourth) long player, Halcyon Digest (4AD) is a worthy follow-up to 2008’s widely acclaimed double-disc Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Whether or not we’ll witness any of Deerhunter’s vivid onstage antics remains to be seen – think floral cross-dressing and fake blood – but what’s guaranteed is some colourful rock from a rousing four-piece who are fitter than ever.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Monday 28 March.