Photo by Steve Cross.
The Spin got there kind of late. Deerhoof ruled. It was nice to hear a more fleshed-out sound again, as new guy Ed Rodriguez picked up the slack created by the departure of Chris Cohen (and brought a nice energy to the stage as well). Drummer Greg Saunier set up close to the front of the stage, so we could better appreciate both his herky-jerky style and the thrashing of his hair. There was no Electric Rainbow Machine this time. At first we were kinda disappointed (that thing is awesome) but Deerhoof seemed much more engaging—and engaged—without it. Satomi came out in a surprisingly realistic plush lion mask for the encore (which gave us a brief flashback to Jessica's wolf mask to close MEEMAW's Next Big Nashville set)—seeming to enjoy herself more than she did during the band's last visit to Mercy Lounge. She even looked like she might jump into the crowd on a few separate occasions. Nice!
More on the show in next week's print edition of The Spin. In the meantime, enjoy some more photos from the show.