Nearly 20 years into their run, and well over a decade since breaking out to critical acclaim and commercial success, Atlanta indie/noise/garage/ambient punk/art rock outfit Deerhunter are back with their first album in four years, the stunning, recently released Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? In support, the group return to Nashville for the first time since 2016, this time to headline Cannery Ballroom tonight, Feb. 15, with fellow Atlanta native and buzzy genre-bending up and comer Faye Webster. It’s only February, but we can already guarantee this is going to be one of the best shows of the year, especially if you like thoughtful, conceptual, label-defying indie rock. Tickets are still available, and we urge you to snag them here before they’re gone, then read on for more about this stellar lineup!
Forged out of Atlanta’s underground punk, garage, indie, noise, and art rock scene, eclectic and critically acclaimed outfit Deerhunter first formed nearly 20 years ago, anchored initially by enigmatic frontman Bradford Cox and drummer Moses Archuleta, the group’s only constants. With 2005’s debut LP, Turn It Up Faggot, along with early shows in the local scene, the band gained a cult following, but it was the addition of Lockett Pundt on guitar, with his reverb-soaked and ambient sensibilities, ahead of 2007’s Crytpograms, which helped define the band’s sound, eventually reaching wider critical acclaim and worldwide audiences with subsequent releases towards the turn of the decade. 2008’s post-punk and shoegazing fan favorite Microcastle firmly cemented Deerhunter as an artsy, thoughtful, and genre-defying band of conceptual weirdos, and, by 2010’s more poppy, psychedelic, and dreamy Halcyon Digest, they were a regular album of the year contender, festival staple, and major touring act, spending the indie boom of the late aughts on the road both with legacy acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, as well as fellow contemporary breakouts like Spoon, No Age, Battles, and Kings of Leon. Despite some continued lineup changes, side projects (notably Cox’s Atlas Sound and Pundt’s Lotus Plaza), and the preoccupation of life, age, and a lengthy career and everything that comes with it, Deerhunter have continued on as a celebrated indie rock fixture this decade, even as many of their more hipster-aligned peers have faded away. With the recent release of their eighth full-length and first in four years, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, Deerhunter sound as future-thinking as ever, devoid of any nostalgic notions that might have seeped into their earlier work, instead embracing lush, poppy tones; bleak, literary themes and reflections on the modern world; and the confidence and experience that’s come from being in a band who’ve never lost sight of their artistic core over nearly two decades. An unrelentingly unique band with a stunning live show to boot, Deerhunter’s first Nashville show in three years is sure to be one of the most memorable concerts you’ll see all year.
Briefly a Nashville resident while attending (and subsequently dropping out of) Belmont, 21 year old Atlanta singer-songwriter Faye Webster is, like Deerhunter, hard to pin to any single genre convention. Raised on country and western, Webster’s first album, released in her teens, is more informed by her Americana upbringing, but after getting into hip hop in high school, switching from songwriting to photography during her brief stint at Belmont, and falling into the Awful Records collective as her hometown friend group, Webster’s poppy, country-infused indie folk and synth-soaked style began to also take subtle cues from hip hop, leading to a pretty remarkable, eponymous 2017 sophomore LP. Simultaneously fostering her visual art career as a photographer, Faye’s hip hop ties extend behind the camera as well, counting Atlanta rap legends like Killer Mike, Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M. and Offset among her portrait subjects (Faye’s also dipped into directing, including her own video for recent single “Kingston,” below). After nabbing a deal with Secretly Canadian, the talented rising singer is set to release her next album sometime this year, and we have no doubt that Faye, with her fresh and substantive musical style and unique visual flair, is destined to break out in a major way. Don’t miss her set!
Deerhunter and Faye Webster will perform tonight, Feb. 15 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.