Deer Tick, Weeks | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Aug. 23, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $21, $19 in advance
Deer Tick main man John McCauley has never been shy about getting loose. He’s never been shy about talking about getting loose either: in an interview with Noisey to promote his country-fried rock band’s fifth full-length, last year’s Negativity (Partisan), McCauley discussed, among other things, inhaling a two-foot line of coke. The first time I saw Deer Tick, maybe five years ago, the atmosphere was rowdy, with McCauley embodying the glory of rock ’n’ roll and breaking the fourth wall to party with the crowd—his showmanship would’ve made Springsteen blush. The second time I saw the band, maybe a year later, they were fucking annihilated and visibly struggling to keep it together. (From what I’ve heard, the latter has become more the norm over the past couple years.) But in interviews and lyrics, Deer Tick are currently spinning the angle that they’ve reeled it in a bit, though not entirely sobered up—and you can hear the change on Negativity. McCauley’s nasal, soulful drawl and impressive songwriting remain, but the album’s twangy indie rock is so much more sweeping in its execution that it’s practically symphonic—it’s a reflective journey, not a straight-up rush. —Kevin Warwick
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