Last Night Deerhoof Direct Cosmic Traffic
posted by February 2 at 14:26 PMon
Deerhoof, Black Black, Leti Angel @ Neumo’s
I was wrong about a couple things re: Deerhoof, the trio, and Neumos. First of all, I still think a band’s impact can get lost in a cavernous club, and I still think Deerhoof are uniquely immune to such a scenario, but I also must give credit to Neumo’s sound wizard, Scotty, who always ALWAYS delivers gale force sound at any show he’s working. Last night, he was twisting knobs with a supremely evil grin, fully immersed in Deerhoof’s epic sound waves. Hats off to you, Scotty.
Secondly, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki made plenty of time for hand jive despite now being responsible for an entire third of Deerhoof’s monsters sound. And I don’t know what it means, but kids go absolutely apeshit for it, cheering and hollering when she points to the ceiling the way that fans may have once applauded guitar solos. Matsuzaki looked like she was directing traffic or landing planes (or trying to hitch a ride form a spaceship), and its still a fine counterpoint to Deerhoof’s epic squalls, but part of me feels like it s a corner that the band have backed themselves into—the gestures seem so unnecessary given how awe inspiring the music is, but they’re an expected part of the show. But maybe that’s just me.
Openers Black Black seemed to be wearing not just blackface but black all over. I don’t know if that makes it any better or worse then when Ted Danson does it, but whatever. Their sound was a fine introduction for Deerhoof: spacey, minor-keyed odd-rock with sort of a Wet Confetti meets shoegaze vibe. The highlight of their set was a cover—an inevitable shame for some bands—of the Misfit’s “Skulls,” and it was kick ass, a dreamy, arrested take on the hardcore classic.