DeerhoofÂ have dusted off their copy of Leave Home, clinched their fists and Blitzkrieg Bopped their next single Exit Only into yourÂ airwaves.Â Â Knowing theirÂ taste for experimental pop music, however, I doubt the album as a whole will reflect this first metal punkÂ tease. Â I’d be willing to bet that you’ll hear all kinds of influences scattered, mangled andÂ mashed together like a musical Shepherd’s Pie.
That’s why I keep buying Deerhoof albums. Â It’s going to sound strange and far out, but it will hit your eardrums with the greatest of ease. Â They’ll give you an off-beat jazz improv, follow it with a minimal slow ballad, then throw a safety-pinned punky curveballÂ aimed right at your knee caps. Â Variety. Â Spice. Â Life.
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Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take.
La Isla Bonita was recorded in guitarist Ed Rodriguez's basement. Situated next to a parking garage, it was perfect for making noise till the wee hours. They recorded live, DIY style, "a weeklong sleepover arguing over whether to try and sound like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson, cracking each other up, one guitarist whose name starts with J always putting too much red chile into the rations," says Greg. But more than that La Isla Bonita is about the eclectic worldwide community that has supportedâ€¦
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