'Panic mode': Deerhoof hits road after rush to complete new album - Albuquerque Journal

‘Panic mode’: Deerhoof hits road after rush to complete new album

John Dieterich is gearing up to leave his Albuquerque home for Portland, Ore., to begin a tour.

It’s something he’s gotten used to over the course of 20 years.

When he gets back to Albuquerque for his show, he will spend about two days catching up on sleep, eating some green chile and hanging out with his partner and his dog.

Oh, and eating some more green chile.

Dieterich is a member of the indie rock band Deerhoof.

It formed in 1994 in San Francisco and has since released nearly a dozen albums.

The lineup consists of founding drummer Greg Saunier, bassist and singer Satomi Matsuzaki and guitarists Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez.

The band is touring in support of its new album, “Mountain Moves,” released on Sept. 8.

Dieterich says the band wasn’t planning on releasing an album this year.

“We were approached by Joyful Noise Records in December to not only release an album but to be their ‘artist in residence’ for 2017, which in the end meant releasing a box set which includes a new Deerhoof album, 4 other split LPs of other musical projects that we are involved in and several other 7-inches, flexis etc.,” he says. “We went from thinking we were going to have a slow year to complete panic mode. Some of the songs on the new album were things that we had been tinkering with for a while in various forms, and some were generated very quickly.”

The band members weren’t together for most of the project.

This meant that each member had to be efficient and work separately on things.

“Greg had a large cache of songs he already had written, so we leaned heavily on those,” he says. “Other than that, I guess it wasn’t that different. We never go into an album knowing what it’s going to be, so this one was no different. We just had to go through the process faster than we normally do. Instead of having to simulate panic in order to generate ideas, no simulation was needed.”

After two decades of touring, Dieterich still enjoys being on the road.

“Strangely enough, I like touring more now than I did 15 years ago,” he says. “There are things that are hard about it, and it sometimes feels torturous to constantly be about to leave or about to arrive, but I do think it’s also an interesting position to be in, and I feel lucky to do this. You get a lot of perspective. I meet wonderful people, and I have people I can honestly call friends all over the world. I get to connect with people that I’m supposedly so different from, and of course I discover that I’m not so different from them at all.”


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