Deerhoof To Play Ballroom At The Outer Space

Special to The Courant

There are a lot of ways to recommend Deerhoof. They’re a true art-rock band, but not exactly in the nerdy fusion version of that term. Deerhoof is more like art rock in the Jackson Pollock, Richard Serra, Yayoi Kusama and Philip Guston sense. They are abstract and expressive, sometimes madcap, heavy and outrageous. The San Francisco quartet started as a trio in 1994. They fuse improvisation, punk, krautrock and experimental pop.

Frontwoman Satomi Matsuzaki sings with an endearing Japanese accent and sense of left-field poetry. One could make connections to artists like Shonen Knife and Can based on the lyrical delivery alone. But Deerhoof has always been known in part for the heroic, virtuosic drumming of Greg Saunier. It’s hard to overstate the mix of force, precision and ecstatic motion that he brings to the music.

Deerhoof released “Mountain Moves,” the band’s 14th studio album, last September. Its covers of the Staples Singers’ “Freedom Highway” and Bob Marley’s “Small Axe” are simple, inspired, brilliant and of the moment.

Deerhoof performs at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 203-288-6400,

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