Last night on Late Night, in a shocking turn of events, one of the best rock bands we’ve got premiered a new noise-pop song from their upcoming album in the form of a loud, snarled live performance as opposed to a widely disseminated, embeddable widget. (Well, they streamed it on YouTube too later…) Deerhunter, whose sixth record Monomania is released the first week of May, debuted a new line up, new blouses, and apparently a new rock n’ roll alter ego for frontman Bradford Cox. The picture of “Connie Lungfish” at the right was Tweeted from backstage by the head of the hype hydra, himself.
I interviewed Cox once, right around the release of his first solo Atlas Sound record. As he is an extremely intelligent, extremely talkative guy, I feel like we covered a good chunk of rock history. Asked about the distinct personas of different Bowie eras, he made a really good, under-made point that they had been brought on by personal changes in band, geography, and producer just as much as they were a product of divine theatrical impulse. But he’d never do that. To quote: “I totally respect that, but it’s not where I feel comfortable. I would feel really pretentious trying to do a Bowie thing. And I don’t think it’s very necessary.” Cox has been playing with his image for a long while, now, but this is his first dive into a distinctly named stage persona. Ch-ch-changes.
Watch Lungpin sing “Monomania” with Deerhunter below:
The chanting! The world-weary walk off to the elevator! The “Joey Ramone had a sister?” style! The sinister backstory suggested by the mangled fingers! That weird bro on the side playing a Walkman! Sold. So Sold.