From the crumbling dining room of Davis California's DAM House to a massive stage in the Stardust Ballroom at All Tomorrow's Parties New York, Deerhoof have forged a loud and impressive path over their decade-plus existence. Living in the Bay and Sacramento areas during the late '90s, I was able to catch them a few times in their earlier incarnations, and it was a real treat to witness their performance at ATP-NY last month.
After repeated (and mostly failed) attempts to turn friends on to the quirky, irregular, experimental, yet undeniably catchy and sweet sounds of Deerhoof over the years (the girl who cried Deerhoof?), standing in a giant ballroom full of believers was indeed a powerful moment.
The band's lineup has changed over the years: mainstays Greg Saunier, John Dieterich, and Satomi Matsuzaki were joined by Ed Rodriguez at ATP, who has been with the band since early last year. Chris Cohen was part of the band for a number of years (he has since formed Cryptacize, along with Nedelle and Michael Carreira), and appeared with Deerhoof during all three of their visits to WFMU on Brian Turner's show in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
The band has graciously allowed us to serve up their awesome set from ATP-NY for your listening pleasure, including some recent hits, a cover of The Ramones' "Pinhead" (below), and a brand new song (more mp3s after the jump).
Deerhoof - "Pinhead" (MP3)
Photo above by michaelz1, CC by-nc-sa