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Album Review

On their second full-length, San Francisco band Deerhoof continues its reckless recombination of noise, abstraction, and the occasional turn to structure — while the album's free-form noisefests come somewhere between the Boredoms and Caroliner. Deerhoof frequently brings this experimentation full circle into fuzzy, out-of-control pop territory ("A-Town Test Site," "Polly Bee"). The alternation between abstraction and structure (with both underpinned by raw live drumming and female vocals) seems to work better than either would by itself, appealing to both ends of the noisy, unstructured pop spectrum. The Man, The King, The Girl also includes five tracks from one of the bands' live performances.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

By turns cuddly and chaotic, San Francisco's Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into sweetly challenging and utterly distinctive music. The group began as the brainchild of guitarist Rob Fisk and drummer/keyboardist Greg Saunier in 1994; early releases, such as the 1995 7"s Return of the Woods M'Lady and For Those of Us on Foot, had a more traditionally harsh, no wave-inspired sound, though they also included the quirky tendencies that dominated their later efforts. Vocalist/bassist...
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