Artist of the Week: Deer Tick

Deer TickThis week we’re featuring Boston Calling performers Deer Tick as our Artist of the Week!

Like a number of acclaimed artists such as Iron and Wine, The The and Fitz and the Tantrums, Deer Tick started out as a solo project by songwriter John McCauley. McCauley began writing music and touring around his nearby hometown of Providence, Rhode Island while he was still in high school. Eventually he began putting together a full band for Deer Tick and released the project’s first album, War Elephant, in 2007. Toward the end of the following year the band spent 20 straight days in the recording studio and ended up with enough material for two albums: Born On Flag Day and The Black Dirt Sessions. The former of these albums was so well received that it led to shows with artists like Dawes and Neko Case, and publications like Rolling Stone hailed it as the, “Country-Rock break-through of the Year.”

The year after Deer Tick released their fourth album, 2011’s Divine Providence, frontman John McCauley experienced a tumultuous year of events that included his father pleading guilty to tax fraud and conspiracy, as well as McCauley’s wedding engagement falling apart. McCauley poured the resulting anger and sadness into his songwriting for Deer Tick’s upcoming fifth album, the appropriately titled Negativity, which Partisan Records (Deer Tick’s record label) described as McCauley’s, “finest collection of songs to date.” Negativity is due out September 24, and the band is kicking off their tour in support of the album at Boston Calling this weekend. In fact, they’re even going to perform live, in-studio this Friday, September 5 before playing at the festival, so make sure to tune in only on 88.9 WERS!

By Bond Collard

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