Skinny Wolves presents
_ Main Venue _
Tickets, €15.50 from www.wavtickets.ie on sale Friday 13th March, 9am
“Highly revered indie rockers from San Francisco who play fractured, whimsical noise pop with an avant-garde edge.”
From The Guardian Newspaper
“20 years since they first formed in San Francisco, Deerhoof are back with their 12th album La Isla Bonita. We were planning on telling you why we like the band, but then we realised we could just sit back and let the likes of Johnny Greenwood, Henry Rollins and Graham Coxon do it for us instead. Have a listen to the album using the player below, and let us know if you agree with the celebrity fan worship in the comments …”
Jonny Greenwood: ‘They have a childlike quality to their melodies’
Deerhoof deserve far more recognition – go and get Friend Opportunity … it’s a great record. Radiohead toured with them two years ago, and they struck me as being the successors to Soft Machine – their music is equally ambitious, but, like Soft Machine, they have a child-like quality to their melodies. That’s probably because of Satomi Matsuzaki’s contributions, whose vocals and bass-lines stop the music spiralling off into abstraction – while remaining genuinely odd. Come See the Duck was the first song to get me hooked, 60 seconds of disjointed noise and fury – about a duck.
Adam Green: ‘Deerhoof are much better than my old noise band’
In middle school I was in a noise-band called Gay Fag & the Turtles. We were sort of like a shitty version of Deerhoof. I used to wear a blonde wig and dance around taking my dick out. When I listen to Deerhoof it makes me want to start another noise-band except be better at it this time. Deerhoof is much better than my old noise-band. It must be nice to actually be good at doing something instead of being shitty at the guitar like how I was.
David Shrigley: ‘They’re impossible to pigeon-hole’
Unlike most fans of the band, all of my Deerhoof albums arrived at once in a box from Kill Rock Stars when I agreed to do the cover art for Friend Opportunity. I sat down and listened to all of it over one afternoon. I then saw them live a couple of times and that cemented my fanhood. I think The Runners Four is my favourite of theirs, but it’s a pretty close thing. They’re a band who are impossible to pigeonhole. I would call them avant-something.
Henry Rollins: ‘They get the blood going’
Of all the Deerhoof records, Milk Man is my favourite. I was told that this was the one I might not like so I kind of adopted it. I have also found myself listening to Holdy Paws and Green Cosmos a lot lately … it gets the blood going. What a band.
Kliph Scurlock, The Flaming Lips: ‘I realised what it was like for our parents to hear the Beatles for the first time’
When I first heard Friend Opportunity, I finally felt like I could understand what it must have been like when our parents heard Strawberry Fields Forever or Tomorrow Never Knows for the first time. You know how the Beatles chopped up a bunch of calliope music into one-second bits, threw the tape up in the air and then re-spliced it and inserted it into the middle eight of Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite? To me, Deerhoof’s music is like what would happen if you took the entire output of the Beatles and did that, but there happened to be some spare bits of some songs by the Who, Igor Stravinsky, the Shaggs and the Fantasia soundtrack lying on the floor that got mixed up with the Beatles stuff.
Graham Coxon: ‘Like 12 year olds trying to be the Who, which is no bad thing’
Deerhoof make music that seems to me to come from a place of real joy. At first they sounded to me like 12 year olds trying to be the Who, which is no bad thing at all. After a while, though, I started to recognise other things, such as Ornette Coleman’s early Atlantic recordings. So what do you get when you mix Ornette and the Who? A gleeful cacophony full of wit and anarchy that captures the supreme innocence of musical first love.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase: ‘The Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band of our Generation’
I crossed paths with Deerhoof around 2001 or 2002 and have been a fan ever since. They’ve always made me think they are the Beatles’s Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band of our generation. Many innovations came with that album and period, most importantly adapting an attitude of playfulness and exploration to musical form and recording. With that there are limitless possibilities but it takes a special group to show us they exist. People don’t see things the same way once they’re eyes have been opened to a new light.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.