After 16 years together, local indie band Deerhoof decided to break out of their comfort zone and make their 10th album on the road, sometimes mixing tracks through the stereo in a rented tour minivan with no engineers or outside input. Then they released each track of the resulting Deerhoof vs. Evil to a different international website in the weeks leading up to the album’s Jan. 25 release date. The explosive first track, “Qui Dorm, Només Somia,” is sung entirely in Catalan, an even more surprising touch when you consider the already heavy Japanese accent of lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki. The album progresses neatly through colorful songs packed with instrumentation and trippy, often nonsensical lyrics. But when Matsuzaki sings, “Me to the rescue, hello, hello, you lucky so-and-so,” during “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” the proverbial light goes on, and, no matter how bizarre, you just get it.
Deerhoof plays Friday, Jan. 28 at the Great American Music Hall