Deerhunter went to the KCRW studio in Los Angeles to perform four songs from their October release, Fading Frontier. They played “Breaker,” “Living My Life,” “Duplex Planet,” and “Snakeskin,” as well as “Desire Lines” from the 2010 Halcyon Digest and a song they improved called “Escape From The Nursery.” After the performance, lead vocalist Bradford Cox talked extensively with the host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Travis Holcombe, about the music industry’s politics and the distance he feels from it:
I never asked for anything. I never sent out a demo in my life. I never asked any label to pay attention to me. Do I look like someone who would ask to play your radio station? If you saw me as a 10-year-old kid, you would think, “I hope this kid doesn’t talk to me.”
Cox also gave the station a compliment and thank you for letting the band perform in the studio:
It’s nice that some radio stations still allow us to do what we want to do and not just carbon copy our album for some promotional scheme.
Watch the performance and the interview here.
Fading Frontier is out on 4AD now.