Monday, March 24, 2014
Deer Tick have the power to make a person believe in rock and roll again. At least they do for me, much like The Hold Steady did a few years back. If you appreciate that band, or Drive-by Truckers, or The Replacements, then you owe it to yourself to give Deer Tick a listen or two or three. The band's newest album Negativity is at turns precious, abrasive, delicate, fiery, pretty, and ragged.
Actually, those adjectives might all be relevant even if you just listened to the first song, The Rock. These Deer Tick boys have got it all covered.
But second track The Curtain is the song that calls me back to it every day. I don't even want to talk about it, it's so good. Do yourself a favour and go get it. All I can offer you is some live versions below, but make sure you track down the album version. It is sublime.
The Dream's in the Ditch/ The Rock
Mr. Sticks (Live at KDHX)
Some older stuff for ya. Born at Zero
Deer Tick - Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston cover)
Baltimore Blues No. 1
In Our Time (Live at KDHX 8/9/13)
Piece by Piece and Frame by Frame