Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity

Another from this weekend’s leak folder. When Deerhoof’s awesome “+81″ was made available on a European magazine comp last week, we got really excited really quickly (we know, how un-bloglike!) and tried giving you a taste but were politely asked not to; so if you can’t dig up the record on the world wide web, you may just have to wait until its formal release. Either way, Friend Opportunity really is a must listen. Those who’ve been turned off by the band’s deconstructionist, no-wave stylings won’t find much to latch onto beyond “+81″ and “Believe E.S.P.,” but make no mistake — this record is gonna knock some heads off.

Guitarist Chris Cohen left the SF outfit in May of this year, but the band came back with an inspired record — ever challenging, restlessly moving through each song’s possibilities, but always coated with Satomi’s sugary sweet voice. (See: the brilliant “The Galaxist.”) But we know how polarizing Deerhoof is, and we don’t expect this record to be any different. Did you manage to snatch it? Are they better or worse sans Cohen? The McCarren show this summer may have been disparately received, but we heard CMJ had ‘em guns blazing. Can’t wait for the Opportunity (pun!) to see this stuff live.

Friend Opportunity is out 1/23/07.

Tags: Deerhoof