- LP Record (June 1 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Polyvinyl Records
- ASIN: B006E0U6F4
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
43 Year-Old: Yeah, I have. This is a good band for sure.
25-Year-Old: You're not as enthusiastic as you should be! These guys are doing something DIFFERENT!
43-year-old: Well, not really. The jump-cut editing and the noise bursts combined with the freaky jamming remind me a lot of Faust, especially on Faust's first album.
25-year-old: Are you saying they're imitating Faust? And who's Faust? You mean DJ Faust?
43-year-old: NO. Faust was a band of insane German hippies who made some really interesting records in the 1970's that influenced a lot of people. Go look up "So Far" by Faust on Amazon. And Deerhoof is not imitating Faust, that's not what I'm saying.
25-year-old: So what ARE you saying, you old coot?
43-year-old: Watch it, kid, you'll be my age someday. What I am saying is that Deerhoof has the same sense of uninhibited experimentalism that Faust had. They sound like they just don't give a flip what anybody thinks and they want to play whatever they want, which is really cool in this corporate rock era.
25-year-old: So you *do* get it.
43-year-old: Of course I do. Listen, punk, I knew about "noise rock" before you were even dirtying your diapers properly. Back in my day we used to call it "art rock" and that's what this is. It's good art rock, with a lot of energy and freakishness. Plus, I like the singer and her weird "The animals will testify against us on Judgment Day" pronouncement on the first song.
25-year-old: That's the second song.
43-year-old: Whatever. I don't consider 30 seconds of bells and burping a song.
25-year-old: You don't think rap is music either.
43-year-old: Don't get me started. Let's just be glad that Deerhoof is a great band that we can both agree on, OK?
The album perfectly treads the line between the experimental and the conventional. Wildly innovative, it remains highly riff-driven and catchy, with gritty rock 'n' roll guitar licks and organ solos among ever-changing time signatures, casio effects and noise. The mood is so dynamic that you'll feel every emotion through the course of it. The female vocalist is inarticulate and soprano, playing the role of an angelic instrument. But it's not nonsensically experimental; upon close listen it proves to be meticulously structured, but *smarter than us*. It's like listening to music for the first time. You will laugh out loud.
If you like Beck, King Crimson, Radiohead, Ween, the Velvet Underground, Stereolab, and the white Stripes, simultaneously, you will love "Reveille."