Tick at Southpaw
November 8, 2008
Photo: John McCauley
The place was Southpaw in the slope. I like this
place, other than the muscling your way through
to the bar. The downstairs lounge area is comfortable
to the point you almost forget about the din upstairs.
We were there to see Deer Tick, a Brooklyn band
by way of Providence, R.I. Originally started as
a solo project of John McCauley, the band has grown
in recent years with the addition of other members.
This started out as a necessity for touring, but
it seems that McCauley does not want just a backing
band. It did not feel like the McCauley project
with special guests. The band seems to gel well
together, and enjoy playing together.
The sound has roots in singer songwriters of the
seventies, country music and a little Bruce. Think
Neil Young and James Taylor’s monster child
that spent some time doing top 40 hits in the late
50’s. McCauley has a distinctive voice. I
liked the incorporation of the contrabass and the
bass work in general. The songs have texture and
do not just follow the verse chorus verse model
every time. The song “Beautiful Girls”
is an interesting derivative of “Stand by
Me”. It has nice drumming, good guitar and
tasteful arrangements. A little too mellow for my
tastes, though you could put this on if you are
in need of a mellow mood.
For more information: myspace.com/deertick