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Deerhunter at Vinyl Music Hall

By Sarah McCartan

In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Deerhunter frontman, lead singer and guitarist Bradford Cox made a poignant statement.“The other guys in Deerhunter, they all found things,” he said. “And I just have monomania. I always will. I’m obsessive about one thing, that there’s one thing that’s going to make me happy and it’s making music, or there’s one thing that’s going to make me happy and it’s this person.”

On May 7, Deerhunter is set to release their fifth studio album titled “Monomania.” This will be the first album release since the Atlanta natives’ acclaimed 2010 release of “Halcyon Digest,”—an album that was met with great enthusiasm and left a resounding impact on long-standing fans and new listeners alike. “Halcyon Digest” is an album that continues to be played and replayed, carrying with it a nostalgic haze.

Since then, the group took a brief hiatus, during which Cox released “Parallax” under the guise of his side project, Atlas Sound.

Deerhunter has returned in 2013 with a rearranged lineup and is now bracing for the birth of “Monomania.” Rougher around the edges, as the title track of the album suggests, the sounds of the album take Deerhunter back to what has been referred to as their “scrappy punk” aesthetics.

If you are looking for a reason to see Deerhunter live, look no further than their thrilling and chilling aura, Cox’s hypnotic nature and captivating stage presence, and the band’s largely intoxicating sound. I imagine watching Deerhunter live to be much like holding an intent fascination on someone carefully constructing something that is equal parts confusing and brilliant. Filled with loud, distorted guitars that complement each other in a seemingly seamless fashion, Deerhunter is aggressive yet ambient, melodious yet melancholy.

DEERHUNTER AT VINYL MUSIC HALL
WHAT: Deerhunter with Jackson Scott and Mas Ysa
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox Place
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
COST: $15.00 – $20.00
DETAILS: All ages; advance tickets available at vinylmusichall.com