Imagine those tiny pixie girls that are oh so sweet looking. Now imagine them with guitars, spewing out rock jams, making grown men lose their minds in a fit of head banging and body bumping. Deerhoof‘s show was definitely one for the books as their deceiving cute looks rocked the stage Tuesday, October 2nd.
As the night started, there was a buzz of excitement – there had been rumors that Deerhoof, a humble San Fransiscan experimental rock band fronted by Japan native Satomi Matsuzki, could really bring down the house. But before the main attraction landed, opening act Raleigh Moncrief serenaded the audience with his somber and soulful set, while everyone was in for a surprise as the two-person band Buke and Gase got the crowd on their feet with their catchy melodies and quirky demeanor. Arone Dyer, one half of the Brooklyn-based duo, charmed the audience with her comfortable attitude and banter between songs. By the end of their set they had the audience begging for an encore in which she menacingly asked everyone to sing along “Everyone here is out to get you!” and bodies started to rush up against one another.
The large crowd grew as the main attraction entered the stage. Quiet and unassumingly they gathered with their instruments and then a rush of guitar and drum smashing began. Matsuzki had the audience jumping with her dance moves as she struck every pose and leaped on the stage. Equally energetic were the three other band members, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier as they played their instruments with what looked like every ounce of strength they had.
Playing old and new songs, they mixed their trademark bubbly melodies with the hard smash of rock which infected the audience with movement. In the end, Deerhoof had the audience screaming when they played fan favorite “Panda Panda Panda” as well as a couple others as their encore.
Definitely a band to see, Deerhoof’s catchy tunes sure make an awesome pixie rock show to lose your mind to.
Photographs by Joe Alimagno; Words by Ian Pearson