There are few American bands more delightfully unpredictable than Deerhoof. For 20 years (or at least 13, since they arguably didn't hit their stride until the arrival of guitarist John Dieterich on 2002's Reveille), they have been cranking out one spastic masterwork after another, dabbling along the way in art-punk noise, herky-jerk math-rock, kaleidoscopic guitar pop, and everything in between. At this point, they're pretty much a national treasure, although they remain too defiantly weird to show up any Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballots anytime soon.
The San Francisco quartet's most recent studio album, 2014's La Isla Bonita, is their brightest and most accessible work to date — although it's still quirky enough to baffle the Madonna fans who probably stumble across it on Spotify with some regularity, looking for Madge's faux-Caribbean song of the same name. One of our favorite tracks on it is the shapeshifting jam “Big House Waltz,” which like much of the album finds bassist/singer Satomi Matsuzaki and drummer Greg Saunier locked into a delicious groove that Dieterich and fellow guitarist Ed Rodriguez attack like drunken tourists at a Vegas buffet line. So when Deerhoof's label, Polyvinyl Records, offered to let L.A. Weekly premiere the video for “Big House Waltz,” how could we say no? You can watch it below. It's about the adventures of a piece of white vinyl and the people who love it. Or something.
Deerhoof will be at the Echoplex tonight, and tickets are, inexplicably, still available. You should go. It will be full of riffs and smiles and noise and people dancing awkwardly and probably a flying drumstick or two (Saunier gets really into it live).
You should also be on the lookout for the band's new live album, Fever 121614, out Nov. 27 on Polyvinyl. It will make you nostalgic for the amazing show you're about to see tonight.