Deerhunter

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Deerhunter
Deerhunter at Coachella.jpg
Deerhunter at the 2010 Coachella Festival
Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Indie rock, noise rock, ambient, neo-psychedelia, shoegazing, garage rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Kranky, Stickfigure, 4AD
Website 4ad.com/artists/deerhunter
Members
Past members
  • Justin Bosworth
  • Dan Walton
  • Adam Bruneau
  • Colin Mee
  • Whitney Petty
  • Josh Fauver

Deerhunter is an American five-piece indie rock group originating from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, consisting of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, Josh McKay and Lockett Pundt, have described themselves as "ambient punk," though they incorporate a wide range of genres, including noise rock, garage rock,[1] art rock, shoegaze, and post-punk, as well as significant pop elements. The band has gone through several line-up changes and the death of a member.

History[edit]

2001-2005: Formation and Turn It Up Faggot[edit]

The band was co-founded in 2001 by vocalist Bradford Cox and drummer/keyboardist Moses Archuleta.[2] The name Deerhunter came from the band's interest in the Deer Hunter series of arcade games. The band was joined by Colin Mee, whom Cox met while Mee was living at the Atlanta label Die Slaughterhaus Records with members of Black Lips. In 2004 the group's first bassist, Justin Bosworth, died of head injuries suffered in a skateboarding accident. He appeared on only one Deerhunter release, the Deerhunter/Alphabets Split, issued before their debut album. Joshua Fauver, of Atlanta punk band Electrosleep International, then took up the position as bassist. Bosworth's death influenced the sound of Deerhunter's first album, Turn It Up Faggot, which was "the result of a lot of negativity".[3] After the band finished the album, in an indication of how difficult it was to record in the wake of his bandmate's death, Cox said "I don't ever want to make this album again".[3] The album's liner notes are dedicated to Bosworth. After the release of Turn It Up Faggot, Cox asked his best friend from high school, Lockett Pundt, to join the band.

2005-2007: Cryptograms and Fluorescent Grey EP[edit]

The band, now featuring Pundt's reverb-saturated guitar sound, went on tour, playing shows with the likes of Lightning Bolt and Gang Gang Dance. This tour culminated in a recording session engineered by acclaimed folk musician Samara Lubelski at Rare Book Room, New York.[4] This session failed to produce anything that could be used, due to Cox’s mental and physical state at the time, as well as disagreements that emerged with Lubelski.[4] Cox has kept a copy of the sessions on "a scratched CD-R under my bed" and has stated that "nobody will ever hear them".[4] In spite of Cox's claim excerpts from those sessions were later posted as a free download on the band's blog. The band returned to the same studio where they recorded their first album outside Athens, Georgia and decided to give recording their second album another attempt. This was partly due to advice received from the band Liars, who encouraged them to re-record it.[4]

It took only two days in November 2005 for the band to record their second album, entitled Cryptograms. In 2006, before its release, Pitchfork Media added "Spring Hall Convert", a song from the record, to its "Infinite Mix Tape series".[5] The album was released by Kranky in January 2007. The album revealed a more subdued and introverted[6] sound for the band. As with their first album, Cryptograms also had a dedication inside the album's liner notes, this time to a friend of Cox's, Bradley Ira Harris, a heroin addict who died in 2005.[4]

On May 8, 2007, the group released the Fluorescent Grey EP, which was recorded in July 2006. In the same month, the band released the Whirlyball 7" single, which was only available at Criminal Records, a record shop in Atlanta. The single also acted as a ticket to a show.[7]

On August 29, 2007, the group became a quartet with the loss of guitarist Colin Mee. Mee departed because he "...couldn't make it to a couple of shows we had booked next weekend and that was unacceptable to certain bandmates".[8] Mee rejoined the band after their autumn 2007 European tour.

2007-2009: Microcastle and hiatus[edit]

Deerhunter contributed the song "After Class" to Living Bridge, a compilation put together by Rare Book Room Records. The song was recorded in the same place where they attempted to record their second album. They returned to Rare Book Room studios in April 2008 to record "Oh, It's Such A Shame," a Jay Reatard cover that would be released as a split single with Reatard himself covering the Fluorescent Grey title track.[9] In the same month they recorded their next album, Microcastle. Prior to the announced release date for the LP, the band continued to tour, with one date opening for The Smashing Pumpkins and a select of fall shows opening for Nine Inch Nails.[10]

The quartet's third offering, Microcastle, was set to be released on October 27, 2008 although it became available through peer-to peer networks in late May. In an attempt to reward fans who awaited for the street date, the group reconvened to record a new album of material, Weird Era Cont., which later leaked before its street date also. However, Microcastle did manage to debut at No. 123 on the Billboard 200,[11] a first for Deerhunter. Colin Mee again left the band, to be replaced by former cheerleader and high school friend of Cox's, Whitney Petty.

While touring the Microcastle album in the UK, Cox booked an evening in a studio and recorded what would become the On Platts Eyott cassette. This was released in two batches of 100 copies each; an edition of pink cassettes was given out to competition winners by his record label and orange cassettes were sold at a special Halloween concert in Atlanta on the 31st of October 2008. In a comment left on the Deerhunter blog on February 28, Cox announced that Whitney Petty was no longer a member of the band, stating:[12]

We will be a four-piece again for now. Whitney is what you would call a 'free spirit.' She's also a great friend. Deerhunter is the four of us. We might have people come and go and that's just how we keep things interesting for ourselves.

While on tour, the band managed to release Rainwater Cassette Exchange, an EP of songs written during the Microcastle sessions, and "Vox Celeste 5," a Sub Pop single of songs from Weird Era Cont. and Microcastle. To promote the releases, they embarked on a short summer trek with No Age and Dan Deacon as the "No Deachunter Tour."[13] Later during a performance at All Tomorrow's Parties 2009 Music Festival in September (curated by The Flaming Lips),[14] Bradford Cox announced that the band will be going on hiatus to "devote time to some other things," calling the show their last "for a long time."[15] During the hiatus, Bradford Cox continued with Atlas Sound and released his second album Logos, Josh Fauver resumed work with his record label Army of Bad Luck, Moses Archuleta enrolled in culinary school, and Lockett Pundt performed some shows in celebration of The Floodlight Collective, his debut album as Lotus Plaza released in March of that year.

2010: Halcyon Digest[edit]

In early January, it was revealed that the group would serve as openers on the upcoming Spoon tour to promote their album Transference. Along with the Spoon tour, the group also announced some shows of their own, including stops at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and All Tomorrow's Parties (curated by Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.)[16] During these shows, the band began to debut some new material, including the songs "Helicopter," "Primitive 3D," "Fountain Stairs" and "Revival,"[17] all of which would end up being recorded for their next studio session to follow.

In June, Deerhunter took a short break from touring to record Halcyon Digest. Initial news of the album became public when music industry firm, Milk Money, posted a message on their Twitter account that the band had been mixing the new record with Ben Allen (who also worked on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion and Fall Be Kind EP.)[18] A week later the band launched a new website where they announced the title and release date of the LP, along with a guerilla style marketing campaign.[19] The first single "Revival," was made available to fans who had assisted the band with promotion for the new album through a link via official email. In the same month, director John Albrecht posted a trailer for an upcoming live video on his Vimeo page set to be released later in the year.[20]

It has been recently announced that Deerhunter will be providing an original score to the The Curve of Forgotten Things, a short film by the fashion line Rodarte starring Elle Fanning.[21]

2013-present: Monomania[edit]

On March 22, 2013, Deerhunter announced their sixth studio album would be released on May 7, 2013. The album, entitled Monomania, was recorded in New York with frequent collaborator and producer Nicolas Vernhes at his Rare Book Room Studio (where Microcastle and Parallax were taped). For Monomania, former bassist Josh Fauver was replaced by Josh McKay, and Atlanta native Frankie Broyles was brought in to play guitar.[22] Deerhunter's press release describes the record as "NOCTURNAL GARAGE"[23] and “avant garde(?) but only in context not form (original intent of avant garde (1912-59) / before logic: FOG MACHINE / LEATHER / NEON.” [24] On April 2, 2013 the band performed the song "Monomania" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[25]

Current plans[edit]

It has been announced they will headline and curate the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival held at Pontins holiday camp in Camber Sands, England from the 21–23 June 2013.[26] At the event they will perform the Cryptograms, Microcastle & Halcyon Digest albums in full, with Atlas Sound also performing. Deerhunter was announced as a headliner at Austin Psych Fest,[27] the 6th annual festival held April 26–28, 2013, Heineken Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Optimus Primavera Sound (Porto), and will perform live at Dancity Festival (Foligno, Italy) along with FYF fest in Los Angeles, this summer.[28] Deerhunter have also been asked to play at the Meredith Music Festival this December in Victoria, Australia.

Influences[edit]

The band has revealed many artists and genres that contribute to Deerhunter's sound. A New York times concert review mentioned "the Breeders, Stereolab, disco rhythm, krautrock, Sonic Youth’s noise breakdowns, girl-group pop, the picked eighth-note bass lines of 1980s indie rock", as influences.[29] The song "Coronado" from Halcyon Digest features saxophone sounds inspired by the Rolling Stones' album Exile On Main Street. Cox recalled, "I wanted that sax on there because I was listening to the Stones' Exile On Main Street reissue a lot...I began to see a pattern forming. Saxophones are becoming this thing. That's why we did it early. Next year everyone's gonna have a saxophone on their record because saxophones are just cool."[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Touring[edit]

During live shows, Cox has worn sundresses and has performed with fake blood smeared over his face and hands, their live show being "much more savage" than their albums.[31] In his explanation of the sundresses Cox has said, "I don't like the idea of going around stage in just jeans and a t-shirt. It seems anticlimactic."[32]

Deerhunter have supported many bands on tour, including Nine Inch Nails, TV on the Radio, Project Pat, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Spoon, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Fiery Furnaces, Lower Dens, Ex-Models and Battles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stillinrock.com/2013/04/album-review-deerhunter-monomania.html
  2. ^ "Don't Quit Your Day Job". Stereogum. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Youth Gone Wild: Deerhunter's young punks try to fight off adulthood". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Interview: Deerhunter". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Infinite Mixtape No. 51: Deerhunter: "Spring Hall Convert"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Deerhunter". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Deerhunter Whirlyball 7" Single". Chunklet. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  8. ^ "stereogum: Colin Mee Leaves Deerhunter". Stereogum. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
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  11. ^ "Artist Chart History - Deerhunter". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  12. ^ "A". Deerhunter Blog. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  13. ^ "No Age, Deerhunter, and Dan Deacon to Tour Together This Summer! | News". Pitchfork. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  14. ^ "ATP New York 2009 curated by The Flaming Lips & ATP - All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Deerhunter Announce Hiatus at ATP Festival". Spinner. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  16. ^ "ATP curated by Matt Groening - All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  17. ^ "Deerhunter Concert Setlist at Coachella Festival 2010 on April 18, 2010". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  18. ^ "Deerhunter Working With Animal Collective Collaborator Ben Allen | News". Pitchfork. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  19. ^ "Deerhunter". Halcyon Digest. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  20. ^ Hudson, Alex (2010-07-22). "Deerhunter Unveil Trailer for New Concert Film • News •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  21. ^ "Elle Fanning Plays It Cool in Rodarte Film - Sneak Peek - News". FashionEtc.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  22. ^ Pitchfork.com: Deerhunter Announce New Album, Monomania. Retrieved 3/22/13
  23. ^ http://www.stillinrock.com/2013/04/album-review-deerhunter-monomania.html
  24. ^ Stereogum: Deerhunter Monomania Details Retrieved 3/22/13
  25. ^ Minsker, Evan (April 3, 2013). "Listen: Deerhunter Share "Monomania"". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ ATP curated by Deerhunter
  27. ^ Austin Psych Fest 2013
  28. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=19643
  29. ^ Ratlif, Ben (2008-10-09). "http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/arts/music/10deer.html". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  30. ^ Interview with Cam Lindsay, Exclaim! October Issue. url= http://exclaim.ca/articles/coverstory.aspx?csid1=148 {accessed September 29, 2010}
  31. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2007-04-28). "Hazy Clouds of Sound, Halfway Intelligible Vocals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  32. ^ "Deerhunter's Cox Talks LP3, Atlas Sound, Dresses". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 

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