New Music - Deer Tick

Deer Tick have just released their fantastic debut album, War Elephant, via FEOW! Records on September 4th. Deer Tick is actually the work of just one man, 21-year-old Rhode Island native John McCauley. The music on War Elephant never sounds like a one-man band though. It’s as complete and professional a recording as one could hope for, which is a testament to the talent of such a young man. Deer Tick’s bio mentions being influenced by Townes Van Zandt and 90s grunge. His affecting take on folk-rock is at its best though when it sounds full and alive, like the kid brother of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Best of all is that he’s blessed with a voice that sounds as though he should be fronting some great, long-lost 60’s garage band. With sharp lyrics, resonating songs, and a voice like a godsend - what else could you wish for?

It took listening to only 2 songs for me to rush over to eMusic and pick this one up the other day. “Diamond Rings 2007” and “Dirty Dishes” are 2 of the best new songs I’ve heard on a debut this year, and (most of) the rest of the album is just as great. Check out I Guess I’m Floating for a more thorough write up that does this record a bit more justice.

MP3 :: Dirty Dishes
MP3 :: Diamond Rings 2007
(from War Elephant. Buy here)

And check out Deer Tick (now featuring drummer Dennis Ryan and bassist Chris Ryan) on tour:
09/18/07: Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry w/ The Clumsy Lovers & The Crumb Sullivans (18+)
09/21/07: Providence, RI - AS220 w/ Wax & Wane, These United States & Vandaveer
10/08/07: Providence, RI - TBA w/ The Shivers
10/13/07: Somerville, MA - P.A.'s Lounge w/ Birds & Batteries
10/16/07: Worcester, MA - Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner Rock Club w/ Paleo
10/18/07: New York, NY - FORCEFIELD CMJ PARTY @ Cake Shop w/ TBA


Wayne said...

I am excited by this Deer Tick. So much so that I ordered the CD. Am looking forward to hearing it in full.

James said...

Yeah Wayne - it's really good stuff. Maybe just a few tracks too long, but there is certainly a really good album's worth of songs among the 14. You should be looking forward to it!