Interview: Deerhoof

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Their potent, and polarizing, music has brought them a cult following that fills clubs throughout Europe, Japan and North America, as well as a celebrity fan base that includes “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and artists like Beck, Wilco and fellow noise enthusiasts Sonic Youth.

It wasn’t long ago that the members were able to divide their time among numerous musical projects.

“But lately,” Dieterich explains, “there hasn’t been a heck of a lot of division happening. More like whole numbers for Deerhoof.”

Speaking from his home in Oakland, Calif., he says that the band has fallen into a consistent touring pattern, and because they do their own recording and production work (straight into Dieterich’s laptop), they spent four months locked in a room together finishing their latest album.

“We started off saying that we would give ourselves enough time away from each other so that we’re not going to kill each other,” he says. “But soon after we started, we realized that we were going to have to work full-time, all the time.”

The effort paid off. “The Runner’s Four,” their sixth album, is their most satisfying and consistent release yet, with songs that range from epic bombast (“Running Thoughts”) to delicate balladry (“Odyssey”). It’s also nearly twice as long as earlier albums, partly because all four members brought songs to the table. Did this involve compromise?

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.” Dieterich says. “Basically, the band Deerhoof isn’t compromising, but in order to do that, the individuals in Deerhoof had to compromise.”

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

Deerhoof- Balancing melody with noise | The Japan Times Online

About Jason A Jenkins

Writer, father and informavore, Jason likes working in, around and between Tokyo's creative forces. He is an avid fan of live music, carry-on luggage, people-watching and Taiwanese high-mountain oolong tea.
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