#1
Just stumbled upon this wonderful musician. Folk, alternative, rock would probably be some categories I'd place his music under. http://www.myspace.com/deertick
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#2
I'm really liking that. They come to pittsburgh on the 28th. same night as tokyo police club though ugh.
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#3
I stumbled upon these guys a while ago. I'm undecided on whether I like them though. The singers voice comes off a bit whiny sometimes in my opinion.
#4
i've enjoyed what i've heard but never got around to listening to his album, from /08 i think. phosphorescent and castanets are in the same vein, but not as straight-ahead folky.
#5
i got the album a month or so ago, it is worth a good couple listens.

i am going to be interviewing the band/him sometime next month, so that is pretty exciting.
#6
that is very cool. will it be featured on UG?
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i suppose there's a chance
i'm just a litte too shallow to consider
that maybe i've been a little more eager
each day to wake up and take a shower
brush my teeth and smile for the mirror
#7
Deer Tick has really become something of an obsession for me. The first song of their's I heard was These Old Shoes, and from that point I was hooked. The band's story is pretty unique and it really does seem to fit their music:

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Deer Tick's three-page biography reads like a road map for a band that started like any other but then found its footing several detours later. It's rich in myth-making tidbits like this: "After hearing a Hank Williams song on the radio, [frontman John] McCauley purchased as much Hank Sr. as he could at a record store, got his underage hands on a big bottle of brandy, and locked himself up in his cold and drafty bedroom listening to ol' Hank until the bottle was dry."

The biography is credited to someone named Cecil Thyme, writing from New York earlier this year, but it's too intimate and winking to come from an outsider.

"I wrote all that stuff," McCauley admits recently over drinks and the blare of blues and country music at E&O Tap, a dive bar he likes in his hometown. "After reading so many things that weren't exactly true about Deer Tick, I decided I should just tell my own story."

McCauley, whose two-packs-a-day rasp and world-weary perspective belie his 23 years, has a history of making sure he's understood. He remembers joining the yearbook committee in middle school just so he could be in charge of writing people's superlatives. His was always the same: Rock Star.

That prediction - more of a destiny, McCauley would probably say - is coming to fruition. Formed as a guitar-and-drum duo at the tail end of 2004, Deer Tick is now a quartet and finally poised to break through on a national level. This year will bring two new albums, a solo tour (including a stop at Harpers Ferry on Thursday), and opening stints with Jenny Lewis in June. A documentary about the band's rise, "Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!," is in the works. And Rolling Stone magazine just picked Deer Tick as the No. 1 band to watch from the recent South by Southwest Music Festival.

Around here, the band's reputation is established, especially among musicians who were initially incredulous that McCauley emerged so fully formed and compelling at age 18.

Yet he's had a rather lengthy and convoluted introductory period. High school bands (Kadaver, El Toro, Metro Savages) came and went, but with Deer Tick McCauley finally had a vision for the aesthetic he wanted.

It's the sound of a young man who rocked out to Nirvana at 13 but then was floored by Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt a few years later. For easy comparison's sake, Deer Tick gets lumped into the alt-country category, falling haphazardly somewhere between the twilight glow of John Prine's folk and the Band's jangly roots rock.

"War Elephant," Deer Tick's 2007 debut, found an enthusiastic audience with bloggers but disappeared shortly after the original indie label wasn't able to keep it in print. (It was rereleased last year by Partisan Records.) The songs, which put a poetic shine on McCauley's problems with women and booze, made it hard to believe he had written most of the album when he was 17, let alone that he could relate to those subjects. "I'm just going through the motions/ I need an old-fashioned potion/ There's gotta be some old recipe/ 'Cause I gotta get drunk/ I gotta forget about some things," he sings on "Art Isn't Real (City of Sin)."

"Songwriting, at least back then, was an experimentation in creative writing for myself, paired with being an incredibly depressed teenager," McCauley says. "Through my knack for writing, I was able to turn simple things and simple breakups into these elaborate stories."

As independent and self-sufficient as he is - he started the band long before the current lineup was in place and played most of the instruments on "War Elephant" - McCauley knew from the start that he didn't want to go it alone.

"That's how I always heard my songs, with a full backing band," he says. "I tried to do it all myself, but hindsight being 20/20, I kind of realized that I wasn't the badass drummer and bassist that I thought I was. I like the dynamics of having a band."

Deer Tick is closely identified with Providence, partly because it's an anomaly in the city's mostly experimental and noise scenes, but also because most of its members - including bassist Christopher Dale Ryan and drummer Dennis Michael Ryan - are native Rhode Islanders. Guitarist Andrew Grant Tobiassen is from Florida.

Though he moved to Brooklyn last year, McCauley says this is a thoroughly Rhode Island band: "This is where I call home. Real people live here. We're a tiny place, but we kick [expletive]." McCauley says he has too good of a setup in Brooklyn right now (cheap rent, solid group of friends, 24-ounce Budweisers with his roommates), but he's eager to move back to Providence.

For now, he splits his time between the two cities while his career takes off. In June, fans will hear an even broader range of Deer Tick songs when Partisan releases "Born on Flag Day," which sheds some of the lonesome country noir of "War Elephant" for a more upbeat and cohesive sound. A third album, still untitled though McCauley may call it "From the Bottom of a Heart," features some of his earliest songs and should arrive in the winter.

His confessional songwriting bent is surprising considering that most everyone who knows him says McCauley is rather shy and introspective. His gaze is usually fixed more on the floor than your eyes when you meet him and he tends to mumble, but it's like a switch is flicked when he's on stage.

"I deal with bands that when they have really big sold-out rooms, they get super nervous," says Ian Wheeler, Deer Tick's manager and co-owner of its label, Partisan. "With John it's completely the opposite. He's so much more comfortable when there's a big huge crowd that's completely pumped to see him."

With his mustache, tattoos, and penchant for Western wear, McCauley plays the raucous but tenderhearted troubadour especially well. At a South by Southwest performance last month, McCauley dedicated a song to his father, who had flown in from Rhode Island: "Like Stevie Nicks said about 'Landslide,' this one's for you, Daddy." (The women in the crowd went "aww"; never mind that his father actually missed that show.)

Cory W. Lovell, a 24-year-old film student at Burlington College, was so inspired by Deer Tick that he made the band the focus of his first documentary. Last week Lovell finished a rough cut of "Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!" - the trailer is posted at www.vimeo.com/3068379 - after spending three months on the road with the guys. Lovell says his connection to the band's music was immediate.

"It was completely sincere and genuine," Lovell says. "So much of independent music these days has this real ironic detachment and lack of sentimentality or connection to the roots of our country and its music. It blew me away that this music was blues, folk, punk, grunge. It was everything - like 70 years of music that went into making something totally contemporary."

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2009/04/21/band_with_a_plan/
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Yeah, it really is.
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#10
i suppose that i could post my interview up here

Quote by joe's interview with deer tick

me: You guys have generated a whole lot of positive reviews and feedback without getting much in the way of the negative side of things. I know that there was that one Pitchfork review...

Andrew Tobiassen: Wait, what's a “pitchfork”?

[laughter]


me: And I know that it wasn't particularly accurate, but their review was the only one that I’m aware of that’s has been downright negative. So was all of this positive promotion something that you really had to push for or did it just happen naturally?

John McCauley: I'd say that it was a combination of that and the fact that we work with a group of people that are true believers in what we do. They'd support us to the ends of the earth. The label that we are on [Partisan Records], the guys that run it are the sweetest couple of dudes you could ever wish for. And our booking agent is just a God-send for us.

The fact that we have the people we...

Man on Street: You guys Deer Tick?

JM: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Man: What kinda music are you guys?

JM: We're a rock and roll band.

Man: What's your influences? I'm gonna ask some good questions.

[laughter]

Man: You know what I'm sayin', you gotta ask good questions. You know what I mean?

JM: My biggest influence, I'd probably have to say is Roy Orbison.

Man: Roy Orbison. [To IYS] Yo, yo! Ask real questions man. Roy Orbison is your influence, right? Where you from? The paper?

me: No, I write for a website (my note, not anymore)

Man: [To Deer Tick] Sorry, I missed the show.

JM: It's cool, man.

Man: What's your group...what's it called again?

JM: Deer Tick.

Man: Deer Tick. My brother had a Deer Tick on his head one time.

JM: That's where I got my first one.

Man: Dude, you got Lyme Disease?

JM: I don't think so.

[laughter]

Chris Ryan: I've got Lyme Disease.

Man: Yeah? You know Chevy Chase got Lyme Disease from a tick one time. So, how you feel about...what you think about, like, Metallica, man?

JM: I like some of their albums.

Man: Which records? How you think about after And Justice For All?

AT: **** 'em.

Man: **** 'em? Exactly! Black Album was the sell out album, right?

JM: There are some moments...

Man: Was Death Magnetic just blown chance to ****ing come back hard?

Dennis Ryan: A lot of the fans, they wouldn't have to do with it.

Some Other Guy on the Street: Metallica? After S&M, nothing. The Black Album, Master of Puppets...**** it.

[Those two engage in a gripping conversation about the merits of Metallica; everyone else walks away]

JM: I gotta confess, I'm a big fan of Metallica's Garage Inc. album. Anyway, what I was trying to say earlier was that we have the people that we have has really helped us out a lot. Any negative press is fine as long as it is fair. I think my age snuck up on people.


me: Yeah, that seems to be an unfair focal point any time someone writes about you...

JM: I think it’s total bull****.


me: What exactly prompted the expansion of Deer Tick to a four person band? It started off as two people and then dropped down to just you, John. And now you have a four person lineup.

JM: I always wanted it to be a band. It started off with just me and my friend, Paul on drums. I guess with how ambitious I was made it hard fro him to keep up so, I had it going alone for a while. I didn't like using a name (other my own) when playing solo, but I just did it so I could build up the Deer Tick name for later when it would be a full band.

These three guys are just amazing, and we all work so well together. To be honest, I couldn't ask for a better group of musicians to play with.


me: How has expanding the band changed the dynamic?

JM: I just think it has given us a whole lot more energy. Everybody kinda brings their own thing to the table.


me: The other day I read that you have a film about your Fall 2008 tour coming out called To The City of Sin!. How did that come about? Are you pleased with how it came out?

JM: I've only seen the trailer, which I dig. I think it is really funny because I narrated of the trailer at six in the afternoon one day. I had just woken up and I was hungover as hell. The interview footage is hilarious because I'm sitting there in my bedroom, still soaked from a shower, drinking a beer.

Our friend Cory [Lovell] shot most of the footage. He is making the documentary for school as his senior project. I don't know if it is going to be out on DVD, but it will definitely be out there in one form or another.


me: Can you give me any word on the new album, Born on Flag Day?

JM: That is actually going to be out in June; we’re mastering it this weekend. As of a few weeks ago, the record is all mixed and we are very happy with it. I should add that it sounds nothing like War Elephant. It is a step in a new direction for the band. Fans of The War Elephant will absolutely love the album, and I think we'll be able to expand our audience as well. Born on Flag Day is very accessible, but not in a way that is compromising. The songs are good, and the performances on it are great. All four of us played on the record, which was the right approach.


me: I also read that you have another new album coming out later this year? Anything on that one?

JM: Same lineup, but I don't really want to talk too much about it just yet. I will say that it is a very dark album. It is going to be very different from both War Elephant and Born On Flag Day. It's a mother****er - quite an album. I'm really kinda ****tin' my pants trying to hold back on talking about it. We're really happy with it.

We spent two weeks in New York in this the little town called Westtown. We were snowed-in the entire time. We were champs about it - we recorded it fast and really well in my opinion. It should be out by December.


me: So, looking back on your past tour dates, you pass through Albany a whole lot. Is there something that keeps bringing you back or is it just a matter of convenience?

JM: I'd say at first, it was a matter of convenience. I’ve really grown to love Albany. A couple of our friends got married, and they had us play at the wedding over the summer. A lot of the people that were at the wedding were from Albany, and kinda hyped the **** out of us.


me: So, enough stuff about the band for now. How about this, perfect song?

JM: “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny.

AT: “Stand By Me” by Ben E King.

CR: I don't know...Come back to me.

AT: It's a perfect song, not the perfect song.

CR: I'm going to have to think about it.


me: That's fine. Last question. If you had to describe your music to someone who had never heard music before, but could hear sounds...how would you do it?

JM: I'd probably give them a back massage and then put them in a jacuzzi with jets.

AT: The football team.

CR: I think I would say that it is a voice, but a voice that's worth listening to.
#11
nice one. i wanna hear "Man's" interview, can you post that next?
so where did this get posted, if not the website?
#12
i would love to have an interview with that man, he was soooo drunk and just kinda wandering the streets.

it was originally posted on a website that i was writing for, but have since stopped. combination of time constraints, frustration with my own writing, and frustration with the way things were done on the site.
#14
Mad bump for a mad band.

"Ashamed" and "Standing at the Threshold" are gold. I bought War Elephant a couple of weeks back and I can't get enough of it. I have been getting a daily fix every morning and I don't think it'll be ending anytime soon.

Looking forward to Born on Flag Day once it shows up in the mailbox.
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