Deer Tick (band)
|Origin||Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|Genres||Alternative country, indie rock, indie folk|
|Labels||Partisan, Loose Music, Feow!|
|Associated acts||Titus Andronicus
|Members||John J. McCauley III
Christopher Dale Ryan
|Past members||Paul Marandola
Deer Tick is an American alt-country band from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley. Deer Tick's music has been described as a combination of folk, blues, and country.
Deer Tick originated as a John McCauley solo project in December 2004. Beginning his touring career with the help of Brendon Massei (Viking Moses), McCauley had toured extensively across the United States by the age of 19. In DIY fashion, he released three cassettes and numerous CD-Rs in this time period, and the project eventually evolved into what is now known as Deer Tick. After almost one year of continuous touring McCauley returned to Providence with a newfound confidence and a number of songs including "Dirty Dishes", "Art Isn't Real (City Of Sin)" and "Ashamed". Deer Tick would soon earn comparisons to pioneering indie and alt-country acts such as Lucinda Williams, Modest Mouse, and Uncle Tupelo.
Since its beginning Deer Tick has varied in size from one show to another, and only had one official member (John McCauley) from its inception in 2004 through mid-2007. Paul Marandola often drummed for Deer Tick between 2005 and 2007 and keyboardist James Falzone played with the band off and on from 2006 to 2007. Current Deer Tick bassist Christopher Dale Ryan graduated from Providence College in the spring of 2007, and shortly after he and drummer Dennis Ryan became official members of Deer Tick. Lead guitarist Andrew Grant Tobiassen joined the band in August 2008, and guitarist Ian O'Neil joined the band in August 2009 after playing with New Jersey-based act Titus Andronicus. Tobiassen left the band in early 2010, and Rob B. Crowell (Keyboards/Saxophone) joined the band in the spring of 2010.
Other musicians who have performed live as part of Deer Tick or who have played onstage with the band on several occasions, include Chris Paddock, Liz Izenberg, Diego Perez, and Jonny Corndawg.
The group's debut studio album War Elephant was released on September 4, 2007 on Feow! Records. While Deer Tick continued to tour, the label and the band had disputes over royalty payments. Soon after, Partisan Records signed Deer Tick and re-released War Elephant on November 11, 2008.
In May 2009, due in large part to his love of the song "Dirty Dishes" (from "War Elephant"), NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams featured Deer Tick as the first band profiled on his BriTunes web-based music interview program.
"Born On Flag Day"
The band spent 20 days late in 2008 in a marathon recording session that resulted in enough material for their next two albums. The first album to be released containing material from this recording session was their second album for Partisan Records titled Born on Flag Day, released on June 23, 2009. It received wide critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone proclaiming it the "Country-Rock break-through of the Year". The band continued to tour the US extensively, and eventually toured Europe and shared the stage with the likes of Neko Case., Dawes, and Jenny Lewis
"The Black Dirt Sessions"
The band entered Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York with producer Jason Meagher to add some additional overdubs and mix the remainder of the songs from their 2008 recording session that had already resulted in their earlier album "Born on Flag Day". These songs would become their third album The Black Dirt Sessions. Between the original recording of these songs and the album's release, guitarist Ian O'neill had joined the band so he added rhythm guitar parts to a couple of the songs, and then a few months later (also before the album was released) lead guitarist Andrew Tobiassen left the band. On June 8, 2010, the album was released on Partisan Records. During the period between recording the album and its release, the band also added another new official member, Rob Crowell (keyboard and saxophone) to their line up.
On June 16, 2010, Deer Tick made their network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman. Although the appearance came only a week after the new album was released, Deer Tick didn't perform anything from The Black Dirt Sessions, and instead chose to play a song from their very first album: "Baltimore Blues No. 1". Renowned British music journalist and editor Allan Jones wrote in UNCUT Magazine that "Deer Tick noisily essayed the kind of rock 'n' roll you don’t hear these days as often as you’d maybe like, the sort that lights up everything around it like a burning house, and feel inclined therefore to cheer until you’re hoarse when you do". The band signed a deal with Fargo Records to have all three of their albums distributed throughout the United Kingdom.
Divine Providence is the fourth album released by Deer Tick. Moving away from the folk like roots of War Elephant, Divine Providence has louder, faster paced chord progression leading to a new more punk like sounds like that featured in "Let's all go to the bar." This album also features the first song sang in full by drummer Dennis Ryan, 'Clownin Around.' Clownin Around focuses on the dark life of "The clown killer" John Wayne Gacy.
Negativity was released September 24, 2013. Negativity was penned over the course of a genuinely eventful 2012, an annus horribilus in which McCauley’s father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to a prison sentence. On top of this, McCauley’s wedding engagement collapsed under the weight of his own excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle. Like any true artist, McCauley channeled his anger, sadness, and regret into his work, resulting in what can be safely declared his finest collection of songs to date, impassioned and interior and increasingly mature, both as expression of emotion as well as pure unadulterated songcraft.<pov><fanfic>
They performed "The Dream's In The Ditch" on Conan (TV series) on September 25, 2013.
McCauley explained that inspiration for the name Deer Tick came while he and Brendon Massei, also known as Viking Moses, were hiking in the Morgan–Monroe State Forest near Bloomington, IN. McCauley found a deer tick on his scalp later that evening, which caught the singer off guard. McCauley stated that he had never come in contact with a tick, even though as a child he frequently went camping and fishing. He was thus inspired to name his band after the parasite, stating that it sounded cool. McCauley also stated that he was unaware of the bands Deerhoof and Deerhunter until after he had named his band, but apologized for the similarities.
While Deer Tick perform an eclectic mix of covers and original songs in their live shows, their recorded discography is almost exclusively made up of compositions by McCauley. War Elephant and Born on Flag Day each contain cover songs; "What Kind of Fool am I?" (Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley) and "These Old Shoes" (Chris Paddock) appear on War Elephant and "Goodnight, Irene" (Lead Belly) is included as an uncredited bonus track on Born on Flag Day. The More Fuel for the Fire EP contains the non-McCauley composition "Dance of Love" (Andrew Grant Tobiassen). The Divine Providence album has an uncredited bonus track titled "Mr. Cigarette," written by Paul Westerberg and sung to the music of "I've Been Working on the Railroad."
In an effort to thwart internet piracy, McCauley recorded and released a rap album under the name Cream Ailment:Tornado of Hate with fellow Providence musicians Trip Dicks (Liz Isenberg) and Jack Prime. It was leaked onto the internet as "Divine Providence" before its official release date in 2011.
- War Elephant (2007, Partisan Records)
- Born on Flag Day (2009, Partisan Records)
- The Black Dirt Sessions (2010, Partisan Records)
- Divine Providence, (2011, Partisan Records) / 2012, Loose Music)
- Negativity (2013, Partisan Records)
- Nat Baldwin/Deer Tick Split (EP) (2006, Tabel Tapes)
- Deer Tick/The Shivers Split (EP) (2009, Natrix Records)
- More Fuel for the Fire (EP) – iTunes Exclusive (1 Dec 2009, Partisan/iTunes exclusive)
- More Fuel For the Fire (EP) (2010, Partisan Records)
- Tim – EP (2012, Partisan Records / Loose Music)
- "Easy" (2009)
- "20 Miles" (2010)
- "Main Street" (2011)
- "Miss K" (2011)
- "The Rock" (2013)
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