Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Deerhunter @ Le Poisson Rouge - Tue Sep 09, 2008


I don't have much time these days to blog the shows I attend, but I can't ignore one of my favorite bands of the past two years to come to a small venue in the city, play their most accessible songs from their breakthrough album Cryptograms and Fluorescent Grey EP, and show us why their upcoming releases, Microcastle and Weird Era Cont., are to be some of the best albums this year will see out there. Here is Deerhunter yet one more time:

Le Poisson Rouge, the new venue on Bleecker St almost arruined it for me. Even though it is a cool space and it has nice lights, last night also had too many sound problems, at least from upfront, where I was standing. Bradford's vocals were too low at the beginning of the show and the setup for the speakers and returns on stage (I guess) was not the best because I kept hearing the vibration of the drum set sometimes even more than the guitars. If I forget that... what a great show. The music selection couldn't have been better:
Calvary Scars
Never Stops
Spring Hall Convert
Dr. Glass
Hazel St.
Saved By Old Times
Fluorescent Grey
Nothing Ever Happened
Some death metal
Intro (as in Microcastle)
Strange Lights
After the first two (new and very convincing) songs, which are both on Microcastle, they played three of their most accesible songs from Cryptograms and Fluorescent Grey, with no talking in between. It was smooth. Spring Hall Convert and Dr. Glass were great, but Hazel St. was just ridiculous. All these songs are all very good and I could write an essay (not necessarily good) about each of them and what little details on each of them helped to make my night, but I need to go to sleep, so I'll just mention the new ones and  say that you need to hear live Operation and its cool changes in rhythm, Nothing Ever Happened and its great Bradford's fingertapping, the grandiosity of Microcastle's Intro, and the delicate Bradford's vocals on Agoraphobia, to feel as excited as I was for having the pleasure of being there.

Everytime I am about to buy a ticket to go to see Deerhunter I always think that I might have seen them enough times already. This time, as before, once I heard their three guitars making such an enjoyable noise in the new extended Strange Lights, Bradford's vocals and its effects in everything that's on Cryptograms, and Moses's potent drum hits, to which Microcastle owes a lot of its (future) success, I was proved wrong yet one more time. That being said, see you at Bowery on November 10th. [photos of the show]


Were you at the show? How did you like it?

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