“Rhode Island’s bastard sons of Paul Westerberg and The Ramones” – The Independent
“Lovelorn and sometimes chaotic Americana” – The Guardian
“A record that spurts gloriously in all directions” – Uncut
“Soulful Americana with a bittersweet backstory” – Classic Rock
“[‘Negativity’] highlights the band’s creativity and tautness” – The Line of Best Fit
Deer Tick have just come to the end of their UK dates and, as they head on to the European leg of their tour, the band have revealed the new video for ‘Big House’. Taken from their fifth album – ‘Negativity’ – which was released in September 2013, ‘Big House’ is a heartfelt and gentle number which sees John McCauley take centre stage to confront a friend’s addiction: “I wrote it about a heroin addict friend of mine. He's always relapsing and going back to rehab. It's a terrible cycle.”
Negativity was penned over the course of an annus horribilus 2012, in which 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.