Atlanta’s art-rock/noise-punks/fantastically-awesome-weirdos Deerhunter returned to the spotlight with a huge and intense “freak out the squares” performance on Fallon last night. Bradford Cox wore a wig, appeared to have recently lost some fingers (this is part of a new persona called Connie Lungpin… or Bradford has finally lost it) and staggered out of the studio while the band jammed on the end of the song.
“Monomania” itself is five fantastic minutes of fuzzy, distorted punk that is uniquely Deerhunter and makes me somehow even more excited for their record of the same name, which is out May 7th via 4AD. The band recorded the album in Brooklyn and has said that the “avant garde rock record” was influenced by everyone from The Ramones to Bo Diddley to Steve Reich.
For people shocked by this, Bradford once responded to a heckler’s shouts for “My Sharona” by bringing the man onstage, demanding he get naked and then playing the song… for 55 straight minutes ( LINK)
Brads father did just cut a couple of his fingers off in an accident and was there last night.
Bradford is gone, there is only Connie Lungpin now
Cox's method of creating music is stream-of-consciousness, and he does not write lyrics in advance.
Deerhunter and Atlas Sound mastermind Bradford Cox has never been one to restrain his feelings. "I need punk rock," he told Pitchfork last year. "I am not an indie rock musician. I don't even know what the frick that means."
That attitude was on full display Friday night, during an Atlas Sound show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. In a report for City Pages, writer Sally Hedberg noted that "things felt a little awkward" from the beginning, when Cox took the stage with his face "concealed by a menacing, black ski mask."
After performing selections from 2011's Parallax and a cover of Beat Happening's "Youth", Cox then, apparently, went totally and blissfully insane, while heeding an audience member's request for the Knack's 1979 power pop single "My Sharona". He presented a cryptic and noisy rendition that, according to Minnesota Daily, lasted for a full hour. "I am a performance artist," Cox said. "I must play what you want to hear."
"It morphed into something bizarre," City Pages wrote, noting that he was joined by the night's openers, Frankie Broyles and Carnivores, for "an unending cover that rivaled the length of a Phish concert." He ordered the man who asked for the song to take the stage and strip down to his underwear, and repeatedly stated that "this is what happens when you make requests."
"I am a terrorist. As a homosexual, my job is simply to sodomize mediocrity. I am terrified and horrified and shocked that anyone would mention Phish in any article related to me."
"It's not like fricking Lana Del Rey carved an upside down cross on her cheek and defecated all over herself on stage at fricking Bonnaroo."
In November 2012, it was announced that Cox would portray Jared Leto's lover in the feature film, The Dallas Buyer's Club, co-starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner; this is Cox's film debut
quote:Beers on me if ya end up at the One Eyed Jack show.
Not going to the show, but they're pretty good.
quote:I love them as well. Bradford plays multiple tracks on their albums.
I prefer Black Lips out of all the late Atlanta bands.
quote:Yea, Logos and Parallax are great.
Also, the album Bradfors Cox put out as Atlas Sound is top notch, Walkabout is a banger.