Photos: Deerhoof rocks Mississippi Studios
Before indie-rock veterans Deerhoof stopped by the Hi-Fi Lounge in Eugene on Tuesday night, the band kicked off its tour in Portland with two shows at Mississippi Studios on Friday, Sept. 15 and Monday, Sept. 18. Deerhoof is touring in support of its 14th studio album “Mountain Moves,” which is largely about the current political climate.
Deerhoof comprises Satomi Matsuzaki on bass and vocals, John Dieterich and Portland’s Ed Rodriguez on guitar, and Greg Saunier on drums. The band’s first album was released in 1997, and the current lineup has remained since Rodriguez joined in 2008.
Saunier is an aggressive drummer, and he brought a tote bag full of drumsticks onstage. He admitted that no amount of sticks is enough to last a whole tour. “I tried to teach myself to play a little quieter or to hit the cymbal at a different angle so it doesn’t chew into the stick so much, or to buy better sticks in the first place that seem to break less,” he told the Emerald. “Really no strategy works.”
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