Deerhunter returned to the fold Tuesday night with an impeccable performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Atlanta collective of Bradford Cox, Lockett James Pundt, Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, and Josh Mckay debuted the loud, brash title track to their forthcoming fifth studio album, Monomania. The best part, however, was how (and where) it all ended. Replay the performance below, followed by the studio version, which can now be be purchased via iTunes.
Update: No, Cox didn’t actually cut off his fingers. Rather, according to Pitchfork, the black wig and bloodied digits are part of his new persona as Connie Lungpin.
Monomania hits stores May 7th via 4AD. As previously reported, the 12-track effort was recorded at Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn. Cox hinted to Rolling Stone that it’s a very avant-garde rock & roll record, citing influences from The Ramones to Steve Reich and Pierre Schaeffer to Bo Diddley.
Update: Here’s the new Deerhunter promo picture, taken by Robert Semmer: