Deerhoof have just released a new video for the track ‘And The Moon Laughs’ taken from their Japanese language album Miracle-Level which came out in March this year.
The track is a landslide of fuzzed guitar that is beautifully at odds with the sweetness of the tune and the marvellous octave spanning harmonies in the chorus. It’s like a modern take of those early Queen songs like ‘Brighton Rock’ or ‘Seven Seas of Rye’ with Brian May’s crunchy guitar and Freddie Mercury soaring over the top, and I’ve long been a big fan of bands that combine honey and gravel in their music.
The gritty excitement of the track is easily matched by the visuals created by Nespy 5Euro who describe their work on YouTube as “Ugly visuals, nonsense animations, vomit and broken glasses” (so unlikely to be producing anything for Moonpig or Hallmark in the near future). The video looks like a combination of ink blot explosions, charcoal mayhem and over-saturated 1970s TV and the frenetic joy with which it accompanies the track moves at such a pace it gives the feel of an animated Rorschach test.
Deerhoof are on tour in the UK in August this year (dates below) and there is a full list of all dates on their website.
Aug 21st | London, UK – Lafayette
Aug 22nd | Bristol, UK – The Lanes
Aug 23rd | Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
Aug 24th | Sunderland, UK – Pop Recs
Aug 25th | Cumbria, UK – Krankenhaus Festival
Aug 27th | Bethesda, UK – Ara Deg
Aug 28th | Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
Aug 29th | Margate, UK – The Lido
Aug 30th | Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Aug 31st | Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sept 1st | Birmingham, UK – Super Sonic Festival
Review by Paul F Cook