New Deerhunter written during 'very dark' time
Bradford Cox performs along with other members of the indie rock group Deerhunter, at One Eyed Jack's in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
ATLANTA (AP) — Bradford Cox wrote what would become the final track of Deerhunter's forthcoming album, a song called "Punk," at a friend's house in New York during what he describes as a very difficult time. He'd gone north to get away from personal turmoil in his hometown of Atlanta, taking few items other than a borrowed leather jacket.
Before work could start on the album, the band faced more difficulty — the departure of its longtime bassist Josh Fauver — which made Cox fear the band would break up.
It did not, but Cox still wound up playing a melodic bass line on "Punk" during recording sessions earlier this year. The reason for the extra duties wasn't personnel-related.
"I played a lot of stuff on that song, but that's only because the demo is so confusing because I was drunk when I made it," he said during an interview at his house in Atlanta. "I was in character for that song."
Bradford Cox plays his guitar along with other members of the indie rock group Deerhunter, perform at One Eyed Jack's in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
The smoldering, propulsive track was part of a burst of songwriting within the past two years that Cox says resulted from "very dark" things that he declined to explain further. These songs form the bulk of "Monomania," the band's fifth full-length album due to be released on May 7.
Anticipation for the album was goosed by a performance of the noisy title track in early April on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," which was analyzed on more than a dozen music blogs under headlines describing it as "brilliant, bizarre." The band's past two albums each landed near the top of year-end lists, and this summer the band will curate a weekend of the British music festival All Tomorrow's Parties, an honor indicative of its stature in the indie rock world.