IF YOU GO:
What: Deerhoof with Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief, Rahypnol Rangers
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
Information: www.onepercentproductions.com or 402-884-5353
An album called “Breakup Song” is expected to be full of one of rock 'n' roll's staples: forlorn tunes about lost love.
When Deerhoof breaks into the first track of its new album, it's joyous, not miserable. Lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki sing-songs through the lyrics, “When you say it's all over/Hell yeah/Anyway...” over crunchy, happy guitars.
“That is what it was for us: to make a happy breakup song,” guitarist John Dieterich said by phone from his home in New Mexico. “It's not ‘Screw you' to somebody, but it's more charging forward and not wallowing in misery.”
So that's how you get an album called “Breakup Song” about moving on, going out dancing and being happy.
Deerhoof often has a quirky and experimental vibe with clashing, clanging instruments that change from verse to verse. At their heart, Dieterich said, the songs are pop songs just played the way Deerhoof likes to play them.
And on this record, the band wanted to make something people could dance to.
“It's sort of like a hyper-hyper-hyper-energy music or something,” Dieterich said with laugh. “Obviously not everyone shares our prediliction or idea of what ‘danceable' means. For us, we were trying to make music that's fun to play and hopefully fun for people to listen to.”
Though Deerhoof's music isn't straightforward rock or pop, Dieterich said the band isn't trying to be weird for weirdness' sake.
“People have a hard time believing this, but really to be honest, we're making music that comes pretty naturally to us. we're not trying to confound people or hurt their ears.”
Putting an album together can be tough for the band. Each song has lots of little musical parts and each member is a composer and comes up with parts.
Add to the mix the fact that band members live in three different cities and it all gets very complicated. Somehow, they work it out.
“There is some confusion. Three of us might think, ‘This is exactly what we do on the album,' and somebody else will be like, ‘No.' That, for me, is the most difficult aspect of being in the band,” Dieterich said. “It's not fun to tell someone that this song shouldn't be on the album.”
Dieterich said the band was excited to get on the road, both to play new music and because it's where the prolific band's new ideas come from. They don't listen to music in their van, so they end up talking a lot.
“That experience starts to form a group subconscious of what we've done that helps us then move forward and come up with clear ideas about what we want to do next,” Dieterich said.
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