London, The Garage – Thursday January 23
New album - Negativity, was released on September 30 2013
Deer Tick will tour the UK in January, culminating at London The Garage on January 23. The Rhode Island quintet released their new album ‘Negativity’ on September 30 2013, through Partisan Records, and played a sold out show at London’s Borderline back in October.
Negativity was penned over the course of an annus horribilus 2012, in which front man John McCauley’s father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, leading to a prison sentence. As if that weren’t enough, McCauley’s wedding engagement collapsed under the weight of his own excessive behaviour and impossible lifestyle. McCauley channelled his anger, sadness, and regret into his work, resulting in what can be safely declared his finest collection of songs to date, impassioned and interior and increasingly mature, both as expression of emotion as well as pure song-craft. Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock ‘n’ roll.
Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos, and last year’s McCauley side project, Diamond Rugs), the album is McCauley’s most personal work thus far as well as Deer Tick’s most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.