August 8, 2011
My relationship with Deerhunter has come a long way since I last saw them perform at Pitchfork Festival in 2007. At the time, I found them vastly overrated and their set didn’t do anything to convert me (although seeing Bradford Cox perform in a dress was interesting). Flash forward to current day and I agree with the consensus that Deerhunter are one of the very best indie rock bands around today and I consider Halcyon Digest to be one of the best records of the last couple years.
The band opened with one of my favorites “Desire Lines” and proceeded to play a bunch of my favorites like “Revival”, “Nothing Ever Happened” and “Helicopter” (though I would have loved to see “Memory Boy”). Whether it was feedback-heavy guitar jams or psychedelic garage pop, the band’s kaleidoscopic sonic textures and gripping melodies sounded impeccable. This is one case where I am thrilled that I was wrong. Deerhunter freakin’ rule.
Follow the jump for more Deerhunter pictures. Click here to see the full set.