Offend Maggie

by Jacquelyn Lewis

Offend Maggie blends willfully crude, occasionally pounding art-punk with sweet ’60s textures.

Like a creamsicle full of caviar, San Francisco’s Deerhoof is a strange pairing. Yet, like so many odd combinations, crowds of folks have acquired the taste and swear by it. Since their inception, the mixed-gender, international band has confounded some and delighted many with their original take on pop. Offend Maggie continues to blend willfully crude, occasionally pounding art-punk with sweet ’60s textures. While it may be a sticking point for newbies, Satomi Matsuzaki’s chirping vocals remain a perfect complement to the music. On “Fresh Born,” Morse-code-guitar beeps echo her coos, and on more urgent tracks, like the elliptically political “Eaguru Guru,” hers is the voice of the powerless caught in a web of post-punk guitars and drums. For listeners concerned that the group is erring too close to the pop side, there are bizarre experiments like “This Is God Speaking,” just to remind you that Deerhoof is still wonderfully weird.

You may also like

Get the print magazine.

The best of BUST in your inbox!

Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

About Us

Founded in 1993, BUST is the inclusive feminist lifestyle trailblazer offering a unique mix of humor, female-focused entertainment, uncensored personal stories, and candid reporting that tells the truth about women’s lives.

©2023 Street Media LLC.  All Right Reserved.