Deerhoof is a lovely experimental pop rock band and I can say that they are one of my favorites. Their latest release is Offend Maggie and I am always quite surprised when bands release albums so quickly. Friend Opportunity came out last year sometime and as much as I loved “The Perfect Me” and “Believe E.S.P.”, it simply was not The Runners Four or Apple O’. Offend Maggie started exactly where Friend Opportunity left off. It is a continuation of unrecognizable singing by Satomi Matsuzaki and almost math rock driven guitar pull quirks from John Dieterich and new guitarist, Edward Rodriguez.
The band is moving towards a clean pop sound and Satomi has taken a bigger role in the singing then she had on the past. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Satomi’s voice and the band’s sound would take a beating without it. The album is great and it is hard to choose a favorite song. “Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back” brings back great memories of “Spirit Ditties of No Tone” from The Runners Four. Also I’m going to say that “Eaguru Guru” sounds a lot like the theme song for when you are fighting a boss in Super Mario(specifically called the Bowswer Castle Theme song if you really want to get nerdy.) As much as you can listen to my word, as a Deerhoof fan, it is best to hear things for yourself. “Fresh Born” is a simply a fresh track and all I really want to say is that it rulez ballz. My best recommendation is take Offend Maggie with a grain of salt. It may or may not be the best work by Deerhoof, take it simply as you will.
Stand out tracks for me is “Snoopy Waves”, “Offend Maggie”, “Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back”, and “Fresh Born.”