San Francisco, CA
By: Sadie Dupuis "Think of all the beauty, positivity and love that gets deemed ugly, negative and hateful by the self-proclaimed guardians of 'common sense.' We'd hardly be destroying society by dismantling their colonial economics and prisons and gender roles and aesthetics. We'd be creating it!"- Deerhoof Over eighteen boundless albums as experimental as they are pop, Deerhoof has continuously quested for daring storytelling and radical sounds, creating a new shared language of revolution. 2020's critically acclaimed, overwhelmingly prescient Future Teenage Cave Artists explored fairytale visions of post-apocalypse, welding intrinsic melodies with absurdist digital recording methods. Its immediate sequel Love-Lore, a live covers medley, channeled futurist mid-century artists - Parliament, Sun Ra and Stockhausen, to name a handful - into a patchwork love letter to the anti-authoritarian expressions that inspire the band. "We suddenly felt extra free and non-judgmental towards ourselves," says drummer Greg Saunier of their audience's enthusiastic reception to these records. Galvanized, they landed on their next record's concept: This is Deerhoof's "baroque gone DIY" LP. "We wanted our own working person's version of highbrow, with all the operatic flourishes and twinkles and sparkles," says Saunier. Deerhoof set to scheming, using their agility, wit, and outlandishness to create this exuberant ode to unexpected growth.