Concert Review: Deerhunter Live at the Rickshaw Theatre

Thursday 25th, July 2019 / 10:33
By Emily Corley

Photo: Darrole Palmer

July 22, 2019
Rickshaw Theatre

Deerhunter’s Vancouver show marked the end of their North American leg of tour and the shoegazing indie legend’s set was hypnotic from start to finish. Every guitar riff, every perfectly synched instrumental, every accentuated wash of reverb was flawless.

The band largely stuck to playing tracks from their latest album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared, with a speckling of old favourites. The crowd highlight was “Desire Lines” from 2010’s behemoth Halcyon Digest. 

A vast range of sonic delights were served up throughout their intimate and rousing set, coupled with the haunting vocals of Cox and a healthy dose of interaction with the audience. 

Photo: Darrole Palmer

Deerhunter’s own drummer Moses Archuleto (AKA Moon Diagrams) opened the show with heavy cinematic splendour. Initially, this seemed a stark contrast to the trademark, lighthearted, pop-driven Deerhunter sound. But the band’s live performance is an entirely different beast from the Sunday-afternoon-daydream experience of their impressive discography. 

The evening’s final offering of three encores, including a crushingly emotive violin interlude, confirmed Deerhunter’s status as masters of the crescendo.