In Living Color: Deer Tick at The Garage (+ free MP3)
Filed under: In Living Color | Posted by: jody
Deer Tick played a packed out show at The Garage last Wednesday night in support of the UK release of their latest record, Divine Providence. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the band since they first emerged on the scene in 2007 and have seen them play live at almost every stage of their career’s progression: from a tiny coffee shop in Austin, Texas (for War Elephant) and a dusty desert outside of Joshua Tree (for Born on Flag Day) to their holding court at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (for The Black Dirt Sessions) and now, at this latest gig (for Divine Providence) at The Garage in London.
What’s struck me most about Deer Tick is that every time I’ve seen them they have completely surprised me. Some bands you can watch for 10 years and they always have the same tricks up their sleeve. But not them. Not Deer Tick. Though you can still hear traces of the ol’ bedroom recordings in their new tunes, life on the road these past 5 years has slowly but surely seeped into their sound and turned the one-man folk-tinged project into an all-out, bar-room power rock group.
From songs like “Let’s All Go To The Bar” and “Funny Word” to top-notch covers of the Traveling Wilburys’”Last Night”, Deer Tick had the whole bar bouncing and thrashing around and acutally inspired a mini-moshpit by a small group of youngsters at the front of the stage. Older favorites like “Ashamed” even got a makeover with a classy, slinky saxophone and piano rendition that would have made even 1970s-era Van Morrison weak at the knees. This gig also marked the first time that I’ve seen lead singer and Deer Tick founder John McCauley take a step back and let the other guys lead on some of the tunes (for the record, if drummer Dennis Ryan ever made a record of his own, I would be one of the first in line to buy it).
Verdict: Deer Tick is a band that is successfully evolving and letting the road harden their sound (and what a darn good sound it is). Divine Providence? Divine Deer Tick.
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