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Tonight we film DEERHOOF and Parenthetical Girls and Hawnay Troof at Lido in Berlin.DEERHOOF has a New CD / LP called OFFEND MAGGIE and is on Tour right now.  

 Begun as a home recording project amongst former childhood friends in the failed mill town of Everett, Washington (a place considerably less romantic than that manipulative phrasing is meant to suggest), the membership of Parenthetical Girls—in mutual disinterest and indifference—quietly chipped away at itself until only one particularly under-qualified member, singer and relative non-musician Zac Pennington, remained. As long on ambition as he was short on musical aptitude, Pennington willed what was little more than a particularly arduous band name into a recording partnership with some of his especially capable acquaintances—namely The Dead Science’s Jherek Bischoff and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart. That partnership became a record called (((GRRRLS))) (2004), released on Pennington’s newly-christened vanity label, Slender Means Society.

Soon after Pennington moved to Portland, Parenthetical Girls became something of an actual band—though mostly in the non-committal sense: comprised first of (a much-indebted) Pennington, Bischoff, and Bischoff’s Dead Science-mate Sam Mickens, and eventually just Pennington and Mickens. This core trio would ultimately produce Safe As Houses (2006), a record that would go on to critical acclaim, and countless flattering—if sometimes greatly overstated—Xiu Xiu comparisons.

Following the release of Safe As Houses, the band fatefully settled on a more stable line-up, adding to its ranks several recent Portland imports in Matt Carlson, Rachael Jensen, and Eddy Crichton—multi-instrumentalists each—whose full-time membership would eventually help to shape Parenthetical Girls in their own respective images. After several lengthy tours in the U.S. and Europe in support of Safe As Houses, the four piece convened to begin preparations for what would by leaps and bounds be the group’s most ambitious work to date. Making good use of his fancy degree in composition, Carlson in particular would prove especially pivotal in this pursuit, who—along with Bischoff’s long-essential production and arrangement work—would help to realize the Technicolor potential long implicit in the (((GRRRLS)))’s earlier works.