[Boomslang] Deerhoof @ Cosmic Charlie’s 9.21.12
September 27th, 2012 by Matt
Normally when a band puts out a new album, I’d like to hear just a handful of songs from it in their live show. When Deerhoof came to Cosmic Charlie’s for Boomslang I wanted to hear Breakup Song performed from start to finish — and I very nearly got my wish. We got a ton from the new album: “Flower,” “the Trouble with Candyhands,” “We Do Parties,” “Breakup Song” and a couple more. It’s weird for me to be cheering the loudest for new material in a set by a band that’s been one of my favorites for about almost 8 years, but that’s how good the new LP is.
This was my third time seeing Deerhoof and I’ve got to say that it was easily the best. My reaction (after talking to Ed about how much they loved playing the new songs) was that it was because they were so fresh after recording the new LP. But really, I think every time I’ve seen them they’ve been touring in support of a new record. Maybe this was the happy point where they’ve been touring long enough to have worked all the kinks out of the show, but not so long that they’re feeling the effects of a long stretch on the road.
Whatever the cause for this great show, it was another moment in my Deerhoof fandom where I realized that they are all incredible at what they do not only because of their technical prowess, but also their creativity. Ed and John aren’t great guitarists because they’re the fastest or the loudest; they’re great because they use harmony and noise in tandem to give them a huge range within their performance.
About 3/4 of the way through the set, Greg came out from behind the drum kit and addressed the crowd with his tall frame bent hilariously low to Satomi’s microphone. He told us that when they unloaded their gear upon arriving he was struck with a strong sense of dread that there would be no one at the show that night. After all, they’d never played Lexington before and therefore were unlikely to have a very big audience come to the show. He had a good chuckle at that with the fairly large crowd that had come out to see them before apologizing for dismissing Lexington. I know I speak for everyone there when I say we’ll forgive that if they’re willing to come back and grow their Bluegrass crowd even more.