Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Deerhunter preview

My preview of Deerhunter appears in this week's Charleston City Paper!

Deerhunter w/ All the Saints
Thu., July 31.
By Andrea Warner

Atlanta’s Deerhunter is a band of startlingly high contrast. The quintet’s website is self-hosted on a free blogspot account, yet their live shows have been hailed as a “religious experience” by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They list influences such as Echo & The Bunnymen and David Bowie, but their newest album, Microcastle, earned them an opening gig for Nine Inch Nails. Deerhunter’s first two albums made them critics’ darlings and hipster favorites. Spend a little time sampling concert footage from their website and it’s not hard to understand why. Beautifully layered songs hypnotize with complex lyrics and relentless rhythms, guitars, and keyboards that evolve into long, drawn-out jams that showcase the band’s mastery. Lucky concertgoers will hopefully be treated to a few tracks from their newest album, particularly “Never Stops” which sounds like it could have been a lost track from Elliot Smith’s earlier days or the wonderfully inventive “Little Kids demo.” —Andrea Warner

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