Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Deer Tick Releases "Miss K", Plans to Conquer World
Deer Tick today dropped "Miss K", which quite simply sounds like the best thing they've ever done, and it may only be the second best John McCauley song this year, # 1 still in lockdown by Middle Brother's "Daydreaming". Deer Tick has been steadily morphing with each release, from the spazzy punk folk of War Elephant, the country rock of Born on Flag Day and the moodier but bracing alt-soul-scuzz of The Black Dirt Sessions, where the volume was turned down while the intensity soared. And now we can get our drink on while we await what promises to be the greatest Deer Tick of all, Divine Providence, out October 25th on Partisan Records.
John McCauley is on fire, with Deer Tick tearing up clubs across the country, festive solo shows, the ridiculous greatness of Deervana and as the heart and soul (and breakout star) of Middle Brother. McCauley is forging a reputation as a monster songwriter, with a scabby, craggy voice that delivers songs with a white-hot intensity calling to mind Paul Westerberg, while Deer Tick's manic, booze-fueled live show is drawing comparisons to The Replacements.
Here's what main Tick McCauley has to say about the upcoming record:
"Man, you can practically smell the sweat and the beer! Shit, you may even hear a guitar or two break somewhere in there!. It's got a little Exile, it's got a little In Utero, it's got a little Nilsson Schmilsson, but it's 100% Deer-Fucking-Tick in our purest, and most carefree form."
Based on the above, I proclaim Divine Providence one of the best records of the year and I've only heard one song. Let the hype begin!
Deer Tick - "Miss K" (from the upcoming Divine Providence)
Middle Brother - "Daydreaming" (from Daytrotter)
Deer Tick - "Still Crazy After All These Years" (Paul Simon cover)
Deer Tick - "Nebraska" (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
Deer Tick - "Beautiful Girls" (Sean Kingston cover)
Deer Tick - "Mexican Home" (John Prine cover)
Deer Tick - "Unwed Fathers" (from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows)
Deer Tick - "Dead Flowers" (Rolling Stones cover)
Deer Tick - "Summertime Blues
Deer Tick - "Waitress in The Sky" (Replacements cover)
Deervana - "All Apologies" (Nirvana cover)
Deer Tick - "Christmas All Summer Long"