Fever 121614 captures Deerhoof playing live in concert in Tokyo last year, to the evident joy of their audience. The setlist goes deep into their repertoire, with fan favourites from several albums brought out to play. As ever, the band are melodic, complex and fun all at the same time, and the live audience brings out their energetic best. Out on the Polyvinyl Record Co.
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Deerhoof went on tour which is just as well because they are a band people like and playing live shows as such a band can garner its rewards -- I have been told $$$ and £££ and other such symbols may be accumulated in their corporeal form, which is nice for artists who need to make money. Deerhoof’s tour over in Japan has also resulted in ‘Fever 121614’, a recording of one of their Tokyo shows, and here it is, chock full of complementary cartoon drawings of your favourite real-life cartoon band.
Basically, this record confirms that their energy translates to a live show, chock full of the intricate and noisy drum fills, the whimsical, locked-in guitar parts (which are written to sound both meandering and full of structure, “Paradise Girls” working as a stellar example). For fans of their material, there’s as much chance you’ll get your Deerhoof fill for the week by listening to the records, but this record shows the band doing it without an iota of spring cleaning, letting their catchy riffs splinter into different variants: you might remember how insatiable the opening melody to “Fresh Born” is, but here it placates and trundles along at a completely different pace, leading into the rest of the song’s urgent riffage with a different kind of intrigue.
It’s worth hearing the band change it up just a ‘lil bit on ‘121614’, because Deerhoof wouldn’t be Deerhoof if they didn’t refuse to be Deerhoof a bit.
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