Posted in music on July 12, 2007

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Deerhunter @ Bowery Ballroom - July 11, 2007 (CRED)

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As seen at Pitchfork, and again.

Did anyone go to the Deerhunter/Man Man/O'Death show in Philly? That was a serious lineup. Deerhunter is playing a free show at South Street Seaport in NYC on August 31st with Battles! That's a serious lineup too. All tour dates below....

Deerhunter - 2007 Tour Dates
Jul 12 - ICA w/ Keith Fullerton Whitman Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 15 - Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park w/ New Pornographers, Stephen Malkmus, and many more! Chicago, Illinois
Jul 16 - Grog Shop w/ The Ponys, Jay Reatard Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 17 - Magic Stick w/ The Ponys, Jay Reatard Detroit, Michigan
Jul 18 - Lee's Palace w/ The Ponys, Jay Reatard Toronto, Ontario
Jul 19 - Lambi w/ The Ponys, Jay Reatard Montreal, Quebec
Jul 20 - AS220 w/ Mixel Pixel, Triangle Forest Providence, Rhode Island
Jul 21 - Ottobar w/ Battles, Singer (ex-U.S Maple) Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 26 - Caledonia Lounge Athens, Georgia
Aug 26 - Explx, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 - South Street Seaport, New York, NY
Sep 6-9 - MusicFestNW, Portland, OR
Sep 27 - Drunken Unicorn w/ No Age Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 28 - Mercy Lounge w/ No Age Nashville, Tennessee

Previously
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Comments (48)

my friend called me from this show and for at least ten minutes there was no music being played, just Bradford talking and people laughing and screaming, "Play another song!" and then I heard Aaliyah's "We Need A Resolution." wtf happened at this show?

Posted by brassbonanza | July 12, 2007 7:22 AM

He sang a B52's song afterwards cause he didn't remember those Aaliyah's lyrics. All this happened after the encore.

Posted by Eduardo | July 12, 2007 9:00 AM

it was pretty insane and probably the most bizzare concert experience I've ever had. Encore ended, Bradford stayed, thanked us, and basically spoke to us as you would to a psychiatrist. He started with a sincere thank you, saying he did not want to be remembered as mean or scary. Then he wanted to clarify that he did not have an erection at any point during the show (though he mentioned the possibility of audience members having them due to the attractive boys on stage). He feared his mother and aunts would read something online and ask him about it ("my mom - she's older" ) he said. Other topics: how he was raised in dresses without gender, he was given a my little pony instead of the real "boy" presents he wanted for christmas, he was on benzos and something else which he claimed, to quote roughly, "turned his entire psyche into a gaping vag" that we as audience members were welcome to fist, or put our hole head into. He loves the B52's and said "Fuck R.E.M." and eventually he was got the sound guy, Matt, to play songs from his ipod so that he could lip synch. Alliyah and then B52's. Ended with him playing a guitar piece with his friend - not the highlight. Then they cut the sound off. I would say this went on for much longer than ten minutes, possibly 20 - 30. It sounds ridiculous and self indulging - it was. But it also felt honest. Ceratinly more than just banter or a quick monologue. Oh yeah, two other things: he wears dresses because they're cool and he wasn't allowed to wear a prom dress in high school so this is him "taking back the night." He doesn't wear them for irony or shock value.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 9:05 AM

Thanks...sounds like it was an interesting, but rad night! I'm looking forward to the next show!

Posted by brassbonanza | July 12, 2007 9:36 AM

Yeah I went to the show here in Philly. Since they were the second band on the bill (O'Death were great, too; nice to see some actual dancing, too), they didn't get to do an encore or any of the bizarre stuff described above, unfortunately, but I enjoyed their set a whole lot nonetheless. I look forward to seeing them again in Chicago this weekend, too!

Unfortunately, we couldn't stay for Man Man, so I can't comment on their set, but I will say that the guy who was at their show at McCarren Park Pool and who was all in the photos on this blog was there! Perhaps he's a BV reader? If so, how was the show?

Posted by Matt Berlyant | July 12, 2007 10:08 AM

I was disappointed with the Deerhunter performance. I really dig their music and the album and EP but last night at the Bowery Ballroom they did not perform to the level I expected. The entire band looked exhausted, bored and just didn't seem into the music.

Also, the soundman should be fired. He totally messed up the entire mix. You could barely hear vocals at times when you saw Bradford screaming. The drums were mixed way to high with the bass and the guitars were low with too much reverb. Bradford's vocals also had ridiculous reverb and he used too much digital delay. The bass player had technical problems throughout the show and eventually his bass died during the encore.

I will also add that the band was seriously off on their timings for songs, chord progressions and tempo changes. They sounded like a messy, noisy high school garage band. It makes me wonder what miracle the producer pulled off for them in the studio. Bradford also needs to chill out with the stupid dresses before it gets too old.

I left early.

Posted by DG | July 12, 2007 10:13 AM

I was disappointed with the Deerhunter performance. I really dig their music and the album and EP but last night at the Bowery Ballroom they did not perform to the level I expected. The entire band looked exhausted, bored and just didn't seem into the music.

Also, the soundman should be fired. He totally messed up the entire mix. You could barely hear vocals at times when you saw Bradford screaming. The drums were mixed way to high with the bass and the guitars were low with too much reverb. Bradford's vocals also had ridiculous reverb and he used too much digital delay. The bass player had technical problems throughout the show and eventually his bass died during the encore.

I will also add that the band was seriously off on their timings for songs, chord progressions and tempo changes. They sounded like a messy, noisy high school garage band. It makes me wonder what miracle the producer pulled off for them in the studio. Bradford also needs to chill out with the stupid dresses before it gets too old.

I left early after the first song of the encore.

Posted by DG | July 12, 2007 10:13 AM

I like their music a lot but I worry for the singer - there's 'honesty' and then there's giving all the intimate details of your life away onstage every night and on the internet (have you checked out their new blog? Already the cause of one 'outraged' headline on Pitchfork).. Unless of course he's just taking the piss to make people uncomfortable.. but it doesn't feel like that.

Posted by Richie | July 12, 2007 10:14 AM

I was disappointed with the Deerhunter performance. I really dig their music and the album and EP but last night at the Bowery Ballroom they did not perform to the level I expected. The entire band looked exhausted, bored and just didn't seem into the music.

Also, the soundman should be fired. He totally messed up the entire mix. You could barely hear vocals at times when you saw Bradford screaming. The drums were mixed way to high with the bass and the guitars were low with too much reverb. Bradford's vocals also had ridiculous reverb and he used too much digital delay. The bass player had technical problems throughout the show and eventually his bass died during the encore.

I will also add that the band was seriously off on their timings for songs, chord progressions and tempo changes. They sounded like a messy, noisy high school garage band. It makes me wonder what miracle the producer pulled off for them in the studio. Bradford also needs to chill out with the stupid dresses before it gets too old.

I left early after the first song of the encore.

Posted by DG | July 12, 2007 10:14 AM

Whatever, the set was fantastic. Great band. I left during Bradford's soliloquy because I had to get up to come to work. I'm sitting at work now, engaged in blog activity. Thinking about Deerhunter. A rock band. Friends. The bass drum sounded fantastic and so did that Paiste cymbal. I could have used more of Bradford's vocals in my mix, but I think that's in part due to the fact that I was standing close to the stage.

Posted by Allen Guy Wilcox | July 12, 2007 10:28 AM

This show was fabulous. Bradford ended with some of the best, most fucked-up standup I've ever seen. That kid is brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 10:50 AM

for the person disappointed with the "bad mix" - that's the way they sound live and on record. His vocals are buried in the mix by an active choice - not due to poor sound engineering.

It's a similar idea to what the Jesus and Mary Chain did - you have to search for the vocals in the mix and if you know the records, you know what to look for a bit better.

Last night was easily one of the shows of the year so far. The bowery sounded incredible and his diatribe at the end was just icing on the cake. Theatrics aside, the music was killer last night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 11:01 AM

I second that. One of the best shows of the year so far. I wasn't enjoying more than the EP but last night's show made completely a new fan. I wonder how the show will be for the All Ages show at South Street Seaport ?!?!?!

Posted by Eduardo | July 12, 2007 11:16 AM

The polarizing live set has done it again. I thought Deerhunter were really good. The crowd did thin out throughout their set but I didn't see any reason for splitting. Did take off after about ten minutes of the post-set ranting.

What's up with the Bowery lately? No longer can you buy more than one drink without the other person at the bar. Also, have seen people kicked out at the last couple of shows I've attended. NYC is becoming so damn uptight.

Note to self---wear earplugs when it comes to Exmodels. Damn, that was loud!

Posted by TWB | July 12, 2007 11:16 AM

Bradford was just fucking around - it wasn't -that- weird.

as for the sound, it sounded as close to their records as I've ever heard them sound.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 11:16 AM

I couldnt make last night's show, but I did make their show earlier this year at the Mercury Lounge and it was probably the best rock show I've seen in years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 11:17 AM

and how were ex models?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 11:23 AM

Ex-models were awesome. they were having mechanical difficulties. But they turned it out.
so much fun to watch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 11:35 AM

I made it to Spoon and Deerhunter and the Deerhunter show was really good. I didn't stay for the on stage diatribe, but sonically, they are very impressive, though you could tell they were having sound issues.

Posted by greg | July 12, 2007 11:42 AM

he looks like the scary monster from pan's labyrinth in that photo.

didn't go to deerhunter, was at spoon. despite the commentary above, i'll be sure to catch them at sssport

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 12:36 PM

Went to both Spoon and Deerhunter. Spoon had a tighter, cleaner set. Deerhunter definitely had sound issues. the Deerhunter record is much cleaner and easier to distinguish vocals and instrumentation. some of you need to drop your scenster "rock-god can do no wrong" perspectives and be a bit more objective.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:00 PM

deerhunter had amp problems, a guitar amp fed back and a bass amp went out, but when they were going and not having break downs, it sounded good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:07 PM

Anon: 12:36

HAHAHHHAHAHAHA, he does look like that fucking monster hahahahahaah

Posted by Daniil | July 12, 2007 1:11 PM

be a bit more objective? what are you even talking about? there is no such thing as objectivity and music. and what do you want? the SAME sound as on the record? go fuck yourself and listen to the record if you like it so much. they sounded incredible live last night.


it's ok to criticize the band for making the choice to bury Bradford's vocals in the mix - but it's completely intentional - it's not a "mistake" - i think that's all that commentors above were pointing out.


personally - i love it. c'est la vie.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:17 PM

Top 5 best live shows of all-time in the history of world civilization next to the premier of Beethoven's Eroica and Foghat's 2nd to last concert in Rome, Alabama.

Posted by unt | July 12, 2007 1:25 PM

"What's up with the Bowery lately? No longer can you buy more than one drink without the other person at the bar."

I think that's only at 21+ shows, 18+ and 16+ you always need to have the other person there or at least hold up their hand so the 'tender can see the wristband.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:30 PM

deerhunter sounded great despite the terrible soundman at the bowery. could not hear the vocals or bass -- not sure that's how deerhunter intended to be heard.

also, having to tag team it for drinks is time consuming.


Posted by lola | July 12, 2007 1:56 PM

personally you're a scenster!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 3:01 PM

actually i'm too old to be called a scenster

Posted by lola | July 12, 2007 3:32 PM

I thought it sounded excellent, and for the record Deerhunter brought in a sound person for the show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 3:52 PM

While I appreciate you posting my picture from last night, it would have been nice if you HAD ASKED FIRST.

Posted by gabi | July 12, 2007 4:14 PM

i wish i went last night, they opened for project pat and tvotr at wesleyan. stole the fucking show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 4:29 PM

Milk Chocolate is to Chocolate Falvoring
AS
Liars are to Deerhunter

there, I said it.

Posted by Kelly | July 12, 2007 4:58 PM

Milk Chocolate is to Chocolate Flavoring
AS
Liars are to Deerhunter

there, I said it.

Posted by Kelly | July 12, 2007 4:59 PM

Show was absolutely fabulous. the band was not lethargic and uninterested, they were focused and professional. The set interspersed ambient pieces between the rock songs. Songs were controlled and atmospheric yet precise, coming very close to the album recordings, with some welcome improvisation.

i thought the after hours monologue was interesting and appreciated, not too pretentious, yet perhaps lasting a bit too long. I'm wondering if that's a bit irksome for the rest of the band. not for me, but for some, it may distract from the potency of the actual performence. I for one, will not miss a Deerhunter show in the future.

Posted by Ronnie | July 12, 2007 5:25 PM

I love how - whenever a band says "sorry for the technical difficulties" from the stage - the clueless idiots who know nothing about sound suddenly chattering that the sound at the show "was bad."

the hilarious bit is that they'll suffer through *terrible* sound so long the frontman doesn't say anything about it.

listen - the band sounded good last night, they had problems with their own amps, but nothing was wrong with the mix or the house PA.

all of the previous sentence is undoubtedly gibberish to 99% of the people who complain about "bad sound."

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 5:38 PM

the philly show fucking rocked. all 3 bands. fucking rocked.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2007 7:05 PM

Ronnie, we shold be friends cause we are gonna see each other in the future a lot then.

Posted by Eduardo | July 12, 2007 9:17 PM

i am not clueless or a novice. -- i'm a fucking sound engineer you sudo-critic. there were problems technical or whatever. i think it is subjective to a certain extent as most people thought they sounded great. that said, i still thought show rocked and am a huge fan.

no reason to assume all of us who comment are idiots. careful....

Posted by lola | July 13, 2007 11:26 AM

fine, then you're a "sudo"-idiot

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2007 12:49 PM

@ lola: if you're a 'sound engineer', you should know that 99% if not 100% of national touring acts, such as DEERHUNTER employ their own touring Front Of House Engineer.

so that means, to all the people criticizing the sound, that THE HOUSE SOUNDED EXACTLY AS DEERHUNTER'S FOH ENGINEER, AND THUSLY DEERHUNTER WANTED IT TO SOUND. dumbass mutherfuckers.

the Bowery Ballroom DOES have a house FOH engineer, who is an excellent sound man and who has been mixing every possible obscure genre of music live and in studios for longer than most of the BrooklynVegan commenters have even been alive. However, because professional bands always bring their own sound guys, you'll never hear him mix unless you show up for the openers.

so if you're gonna bitch about the sound for a headlining band at a show, know two things:

1)It's how the band wants it to sound. Most touring engineers I've met are more than capable, and the band you worship PAYS them for a reason.

2) Don't fucking blame the Bowery. The whole 'those aging metalhead tech sound guys don't know shit about my obscure and difficult art' mentality is hilarious. A FOH engineer, especially one at the BOWERY BALLROOM, A) sees (and, gasp! mixes) approximately 1000X more shows than YOU, you cute little hipster, including noise bands, indie pop and Deerhunter and B) is very, very good at what he does.

Live Audio Engineer is a CAREER you dumb fucks. We take it seriously.

Not only are you being embarassingly ignorant, but you're being really fucking disrespectful.

Posted by NYC Live Sound Engineer | July 13, 2007 12:59 PM

WOW - NYC Live Sound Engineer - you are PISSED OFF!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2007 1:15 PM

I would be mad too if I were an NYC sound guy/gal. Those (non gender specific) guys work fucking hard, and they're usually really fucking nice too. I recently noticed that Harley who used to work sound at Brownies is at Bowery now. He was the BEST, hands down. Didn't happen to notice if he was there Wed, but regardless, the sound at Bowery is the best in NYC for the size of the venue. It's hard to find a place that isn't a sweet spot there, it's mixed so well.

I was at this show and I thought the sound was spectacular. I had a friend with me who isn't from NYC, isn't even from this country, had never heard of Deerhunter and doesn't know much about music. She turned to me after the show and said, "Wow, that was like a trance, it got inside your head." Technical difficulties aside, that's the way they WANTED to sound. It was totally apparent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2007 6:09 PM

word up anon 6:09. Harley actually doesn't work at the Bowery right now - he tours (i think) with Interpol (so he WAS at the Bowery the night they played - good show right?). cool fuckin dude though, and a great sound guy.

Posted by NYC Live Sound Engineer | July 13, 2007 9:17 PM

I highly doubt the shiny dress wasnt shock value. Dont you think he would be wearing right as he walked on instead of those hidious fbi pants???

Ex Models were surprisingly great. Deerhunter really was a let down both vocals and music.

I did leave early and by the sounds of it...Im glad I did!

Posted by Jim Johnson | July 14, 2007 10:43 PM

well, whoever did the sound for ex models did a great job. they sounded perfect.

for me, the rant at the end was the highlight of the deerhunter set. they just seemed off, esp. spring hall convert. i was looking forward to hearing that song live.

i'll check them out again, tho. every band has their nights where everything goes wrong.

Posted by doesn't matter | July 15, 2007 3:08 AM

I was there... really good show.

Posted by Eduardo | July 15, 2007 9:54 PM

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