Deer Tick

Deer Tick
Event on 2017-09-23 21:00:00

At each show, they will play two sets; an acoustic setAnd an electric set. There will be an intermission andA comedian will open the shows.Deer Tick will play music from all their albums.John McCauley and Deer Tick have long walked a tightwire between total despair and fractured resilience, but Negativity represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos, and last years McCauley side project, Diamond Rugs), the album Deer Ticks fifth full-length studio release, and follow-up to 2011s acclaimed Divine Providence is McCauleys most personal work thus far as well as the bands most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.Negativity was penned over the course of a genuinely eventful 2012, an annus horribilus in which McCauleys father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to prison. Mr. Sticks which takes its title from the senior McCauleys childhood nickname is about my father going to jail and all the things he may miss, but when the son sings With a hug and a kiss/You may say goodbye to all youve ever known, you get the sense he might be talking to himself.For if that seemingly untenable situation werent enough, McCauleys own personal life was equally shambolic, his notoriously excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle escalating to the point where his imminent wedding engagement was finally called off. Like any true artist, he channeled the anger, melancholy, 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.This record is me pulling myself out of the funk I was in, McCauley says. I wouldnt say I was depressed, I think it was more than that. A lot of those days, I just felt like a waste and I didnt truly recognize it. Theres a lot of time that I just dont remember at all and its kinda frightening.Drugs hard drugs figure significantly throughout the album, much as they did in McCauleys life itself. Big House which dates back to McCauleys earliest songwriting efforts tells of a friends cyclical battles with heroin, while Pot of Gold is a stream of consciousness recollection of what went through my head and what kinds of misadventures I got myself into when I was doing crack. It also touches on the guilt I felt when I came down from the high.Deer Tick sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band who have spent a couple of hundred nights each year on stage for more than half a decade more than match the strength of the songs by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop of The Dreams In The Ditch (penned by guitarist Ian ONeil) to the full-blown Memphis showstopper, Trash, Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock n roll. Additional sonic color comes courtesy of magnificently arranged brass accompaniment by Austin, Texass GRAMMY-winning Latin fusion collective, Grupo Fantasma.While Deer Tick have been rightfully hailed for their raucous rave-ups and substance-fueled fervor, Negativity places considerable focus on the bands nuanced and tender side, with notable highlights including the wrenching breakup ballad, Hey Doll, and the stunning In Our Time. Written from his fathers perspective, the song is a timeless country tearjerker featuring McCauleys good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton singing duet vocals in the role of his mom.My parents have had a long and seemingly healthy marriage since before I was born, McCauley says. That whole year, as I watched my family deal with my dads looming sentencing date, Id never seen my parents like that. This was the first time I ever saw them really struggle. Lots of silence and lots of yelling. But despite all of it, theyre still married. I guess they must really love each other.Love, McCauley well knows, can save a man. Bottom was definitely in sight when the proverbial good woman pulled him from the brink, giving him the inner strength to both carry on as well as to imbue Negativity with far more than just endless sadness and suffering.I met a really amazing woman who made me realize the consequences of my actions were just getting bigger and bigger, he says. Without her, I dont think I would have changed anything and thats frightening as hell.I guess Ill catch you on the other side, McCauley sings in the albums final moment, a promise that, despite the pain and fatalism and yes, negativity, hes here for the long haul. Heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and ultimately life-affirming, Negativity stands as an indisputable high water mark for Deer Tick a defining collection from a rock n roll band driven by an undying faith in the power of redemption and transcendence.

at The Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, United States

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