In 2007 Deer Tick released War Elephant, one of the year’s best debuts and one of my favorite albums of that year. I was taken immediately by lead singer/songwriter John McCauley’s voice, which sounded like it should have been fronting a long lost garage band from the 60s. He sounded like a kid with an old soul and attacked the songs with a swagger well beyond his 21 years. War Elephant was eventually picked up by Partisan Records and re-released in 2008. Today comes a brand new single from the forthcoming follow up. Born On Flag Day will be released in June, and “Easy” is the first taste of what to expect. It’s a raw rocker with a long instrumental lead in custom made to be a side 1 track 1. Born On Flag Day has suddenly jumped to the front of my most anticipated 2009 releases, so stay tuned for more info and music when it’s available.