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Bradford Cox wrote what would become the final track of Deerhunter's forthcoming album, a song called "Punk," at a friend's house in New York during what he describes as a very difficult time. He'd gone north to get away from personal turmoil in his hometown of Atlanta, taking few items other than a borrowed leather jacket. Before work could start on the album, the band faced more difficulty — the departure of its longtime bassist Josh Fauver — which made Cox fear the band would break up. It did not, but Cox still wound up playing a melodic bass line on "Punk" during recording sessions earlier this year. "I played a lot of stuff on that song, but that's only because the demo is so confusing because I was drunk when I made it," he said during an interview at his house in Atlanta. "I was in character for that song."