Metal Ditties of No Tone

Today I’m feeling Deerhoof, makers of wig-out rock, daunting in the description department but here goes with: 10-year-old boy vocals by Japanese woman, small kit bellows big beat, munchabunch guitar, bounce bass. Dance if you’re dusted on the dark shit, the no peace and love shit. Imagine Led Zeppelin if they were good, and listened to Beefheart.

Both tracks are from their latest full length, the oft blogged The Runners Four.

Deerhoof – Scream Team

Deerhoof – Spirit Ditties of No Tone

Maybe I come back to Deerhoof to justify, to myself, my recently unhip dipping into all things neu-metal, especially those pyschedelic Sabbath-channelers popping up on the Headbangers’ Ball – which, by the way, is the only place on national tv where you’ll see something interesting, metal fan or not. I’m talking the Sword, High on Fire, Witch, or Comets on Fire, who all share Kemado records as a label. And Dungen and Pelican as label mates, believe it or … believe it.

They also all share the knowledge that Black Sabbath, at their best, communicated a howling weirdness that reminds me of true punk; the grunge era only really resurrected the cock rock riffs, which sure, were part of BS’s lure, but they were only 1/4 of the sum. Rage was there in Ozzy voice, and the shifts, and their willingness to taunt listeners with a groove slowed to the point of a dirge. They lost it quickly, but that’s what BS had when they were great.

These are from the pretty good Invaders comp from Kemado. Dunno much about Big Business; happy hunting. The Sword are all over the place.

Big Business – As the Day Was Dawning (super excellent yes yes)

The Sword – Under the Boughs

If you can’t enjoy this so-heavy-it’s-ridiculous music, you take yourself too seriously, like people who hate the Smiths.

buy Invaders and The Runners Four from Amp Camp.


5 thoughts on “Metal Ditties of No Tone

  1. <>The Beatles Help was the original crunchcore record. Everyone else is just a follower.<>You obviously haven’t listened to Herman’s Hermits legendary <>Black Hermit<> album. “I’m The Lord of Darkness, I Am,” “No God Today” and a slightly altered cover of “P.S. I Love You” retitled “Satan, Buttfucker of Virgins.”And no, sadly, Deadguy does not have a new album out. You got me all excited. Although one of the guys in Deadguy was in Rorshach, who I think reunited recently. He left after the first album to form a not-as-good band called Kiss It Goodbye.When I was doing research on Deadguy for the Trouser Press entry (, I found that a lot of hardcore/power metal/whatever bands reference them as an influence. Unrecognized gods in their own time. Their balls have balls.


  2. You obviously haven’t listened to Herman’s Hermits legendary Black Hermit album.Perhps you haven’t heard the Kingston Trio’s ep titled “The Days of Crunch and Roses, Pussy.”


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