Deerhunter is an indie rock group comprising of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, Josh McKay and Lockett Pundtn. The group was co-founded in 2001 by vocalist Bradford Cox and drummer/keyboardist Moses Archuleta.
The band derives its name from it’s first drummer, Dan Walton, who ironically left the band in it’s early days. In 2004, tragedy struck and the group’s first bassist, Justin Bosworth, passed away on account of severe head injuries he sustained in a skateboarding accident. He appeared on only one Deerhunter release, the Deerhunter/Alphabets Split. The music of Deerhunter’s debut album, Turn It Up Faggot was influenced by the death of Bosworth. Their studio albums in the order of their release are Turn It Up Faggot (2005), Cryptograms (2007), Microcastle (2008), Weird Era Cont. (2008), Halcyon Digest (2010), and Monomania (2013).
It is widely known in the music circles that the second album Cryptograms was conceptualized and created in only two days in November 2005. Controversy shrouded the exit of guitarist Colin Mee on August 29, 2007 because it is said that he couldn’t make it to a couple of shows which his band members didn’t take to kindly. However, post their European tour in 2007, Mee rejoined the band.
The band has publicly acknowledged the influences that have inspired the sound and music of Deerhunter. Some of them being the Breeders, Stereolab, disco rhythm, krautrock, girl-group pop, among others. The number “Coronado” from the album Halcyon Digest includes saxophone sounds that are inspired by the Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main Street.