Deer Tick can roar like Nirvana and pick like Guy Clark, and not coincidentally, those are two artists Deer Tick’s John McCauley has played with recently. But for the band’s new project, they decided to split up those personalities into two distinct albums. Deer Tick, Vol. 1 is the tender, country-and-folk-inspired reboot, while Vol. 2 howls with distorted abandon.
“Sea Of Clouds” leads off Vol. 1 with a rustic ramble, sounding like something from Workingman’s Dead. But old habits die hard; Deer Tick let a little rock-and-roll seep in to cut the sweetness. McCauley’s sandpaper voice has always been the band’s great strength. He doesn’t sound like many country singers, and likewise, Deer Tick play by their own rules.
“Sea Of Clouds” appears on Deer Tick, Vol. 1, out now. Deer Tick play two sets–an acoustic and electric–at the Mohawk on Saturday, November 18.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX