April 8, 2010

If you lost your way, I’m seeing you through (new Deer Tick)


There’s a raggedy-haggard old country vibe to Deer Tick‘s John McCauley’s rasp, and on this song it could damn near make Tom Waits cry. But lest you think they only have an introspective sad-bastard wave to drown under, you must also see the youthful punk vibrancy that they bring to their live show, in order to understand them.

Deer Tick hails from the corner of the country up in Providence, RI, and this song is the first listen we have from their forthcoming Black Dirt Sessions LP (due June 8 on Partisan Records).

545Twenty Miles – Deer Tick

It’s rough and sad, but melodic and beautifully moody. The Black Dirt Sessions (named for the upstate NY studio where it was recorded) seems more introspective and raw than the jangle and clamor of last year’s Born on Flag Day.

They stole my heart when we all sang wholeheartedly with them on a Beatles cover at Monolith last September. Yup. Check them out at Coachella or Lollapalooza, or one of their 32 other upcoming tour dates — for a good time and a soundtrack for your whiskey. A documentary about the band, City of Sin, was also completed last year and should be out in 2010.

[photo from my Monolith Festival 2009 set]

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  • These guys really seem to be at the top of their game right now. Definitely looking forward to this album. Wish their tour wasn’t skipping Denver this time around, but at least they basically seem to be perpetually on tour.

    Jeff — April 9, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  • they were in town this week, twice, opening for Spoon.

    Tom — April 9, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  • think that was Deerhunter. Deer Tick’s touring in the northeast right now.

    Jeff — April 9, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  • I saw these guys open for Jenny Lewis last year, and they were awesome! Their live show really has alot of energy that doesn’t get conveyed in their albums. But their albums are good in their own respect.

    Beth — April 11, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

  • Dope! Simply Dope

    Nick — December 21, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  • What does it for me is that I don’t even listen to this kind of music, but now…..I do!!

    Nick — December 21, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

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