Deerhoof + Stargaze – Brighton Dome – 9th May 2018

I must admit to having a little trepidation when I put my name forward to review this show. I was worried that I might have ended up on the back foot, as someone who never really got into Fugazi. The proposition, as I understood it before attending, was that Deerhoof and the Stargaze orchestral collective  were going to pay tribute to Fugazi’s breakthrough album In On the Kill Taker, with new arrangements written for the ensemble. I was relieved when Greg Saunier, who drums in Deerhoof, besides being a composer and producer, introduced the show and immediately dispelled my fears. “I have never listened to Fugazi”, Greg began, before explaining that this musical cross-pollination came to him as something of a challenge from the Stargaze camp. He was commissioned to arrange the Fugazi material as solo performances for nine members of the collective.

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