Monolith :: Deer Tick


Deer tick
Sunday, September 13
Brian Kenney

Early on, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley might have gotten his Master of Arts at the School of George Harrison, alongside fellow singer/songwriters Hank Williams and Jay Farrar.

Probably the biggest thing to come out of Rhode Island since the Farrelly Brothers, Deer Tick tunes roll out in front of you like a familiar but exciting road trip narrative. Deer Tick’s latest, Born on a Flag Day, is more Nirvana-influenced indie than Ryan Adams alt-country as McCauley has fleshed out his band in the last few years since his one-man-band outing War Elephant (2007).

Their newer, more full-bodied sound still drawls like a whiskey drunk sidestepping down a narrow Telecaster street, to accompany its pocketful of bitter songs of lost love and apathetic politic.

Deer Tick should more than fulfill your alternative country fix for the weekend — even though the band scoffs at any description with “alt” in it.

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