Deerhoof share the story behind some of the zaniest guitar recording methods ever committed to tape: “It sounded like the world was ending!”

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Deerhoof have never sounded like any other band. They bring elements of punk, art rock, pop, noise and even free jazz crashing together in a joyful explosion of genres that’s limited only by their imaginations – and therefore probably not limited at all.

Guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez construct complex interlocking parts that swing pendulum-like from harmony to antagonism and back again. They riff with playfulness, interact with intensity and wholeheartedly embrace the band’s unpredictable nature. Together with vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki and drummer Greg Saunier, they seem to relish giving cliché the middle finger. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.