Last Night: Deerhoof At The Granada Theater
Deerhoof, Experimental Dental School, Flying, Hawnay Troof Granada Theater Novermber 7, 2008
Better Than: Being accused of hitting on a 14-year-old by his mother. Seriously, this happened.
I had heard that Deerhoof had a lot of underage fans (this might explain the 8 o’clock show start time). But there were so many hands with black x’s on them last night.
And the crowd was on the thinner side.
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But the crowd that was there was pretty excited to see Deerhoof.
And when the screen/curtain rolled up to reveal the band, and the smokers flooded back through the doors and into the theater, it became a giddy, enthusiastic crowd--for both the x’d hands and wristbands alike.
Suddenly Deerhoof was reveleaed: drummer Greg Saunier, two guitarists and….a tiger?
Satsomu Satomi Matsuzaki, tiny and everything, wore a giant and weirdly real-looking tiger head on her head. She used it to good effect, too, in the opening song; but she soon put it away as the band moved through its set--mostly stuff off of its new album, Offend Maggie.
Since adding guitarist Ed Rodriguez into the loop, the band's modern prog rock sound has developed a more organic feel, and that comes across as nothing less than some damn good playing in concert. And the band did it all with very little banter.
Critic's Notebook: Personal Bias: I like Deerhoof and have for awhile. So I got to the Granada already thinking the show was awesome...
By The Way: New guitarist Ed Rodriguez is a great addition to the band’s sound and onstage dynamic. Just watching him and fellow guitar player John Dieterich make faces and riff off each other made me want to buy a band T-shirt.
Random Note: Man-about-Denton Paul Slavens was there last night, fedora in place. Very cool. --Dianna Wray
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