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Music via Skype: Despite physical distance, Deerhoof members work on songs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Greg Saunier can’t wait to hit the road. In fact, he’s a little nervous about it.

Alternative rock band Deerhoof will finish its current tour in Albuquerque in support of its latest album, "Breakup Song."

Alternative rock band Deerhoof will finish its current tour in Albuquerque in support of its latest album, “Breakup Song.”

“The last time all four of us were together, it was for a tour in Asia,” he says from his New York City apartment.

Saunier is one fourth of the alternative band Deerhoof. The band’s lineup also consists of John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Satomi Matsuzaki. Its latest album is 2012’s “Breakup Song” and the band is back on the road in support of the album.

Saunier says getting back on the road has been a journey for the band. Each member of the band lives in a different area, which makes it different when it comes to making music.

“It’s a strange process for us,” he says. “We get together on Skype and work on music. It can be interesting, but we all try and figure it out.”

Saunier says before the tour begins, the band will meet up in New York to rehearse and get the set all put together. He says the band also will get a chance to try out some new material.

“We haven’t been in front of the audience with these songs so we are a little nervous,” he says. “We’re going to try and tighten our set up and create an amazing show.”

The last time Deerhoof performed in New Mexico was two years ago in Santa Fe. On this tour, Albuquerque will be the last show and Saunier will be able to hang out with Dieterich at his home.

“John lives out there and we are all going to spend some time together,” he says. “I don’t know if we’ll be tired of each other at that point.”

Saunier says what’s great about being in Deerhoof is that the band doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to music.

“Everyone is taking risks,” he says. “As we stay on tour, we don’t get more predictable. Actually, the music and our performances gets more unpredictable. It’s what makes it fun. We’re out here making music for everyone to enjoy.”

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