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Harvest Sun & Evol presents
plus special guests
By The Sea
8pm, Friday 31 August @ The Kazimier
Tickets £10 advance AVAILABLE ABOVE
Probe Records (School Ln)
The Music Consortium (Bold St)
Deer Tick. Brilliant.
Not much to say about this one, it kind of speaks for itself we think. Rhode Island's Deer Tick are a great band, and we're extremely proud to bring them to Liverpool for one of a handful of dates around their End of the Road appearance. They released yet another brilliant album, 'Divine Providence' last year. From 'War Elephant' back in 2007 to this, it's been nothing but thrilling.
Check out the love for them right across the board here (if you've got 5 to spare).
“"Main Street," the first single from Deer Tick's new album, Divine Providence, finds the Rhode Island rockers hitting a comfortable sweet spot where the romantic rhythms of girl-group pop, the raspy punk of Nirvana and the rootsy, blue-collar poetry of Bruce Springsteen all blend together into something fresh and new.”
“On a set of howling rockers, frontman John McCauley pulls a genre jailbreak as impressive as the time that Ryan Adams ditched Whiskeytown to pledge his love for Morrissey and electric Dylan.”
“The set’s true patron saint: a punk-rock singer-songwriter who does as he damn well pleases”
“Something to Brag About," "Let's All Go to the Bar," and anthemic, calling-card opener "The Bump" ("We're full-grown men! / But we act like kids!"), are all raucous standouts from Deer Tick's revelatory fourth album, actually the best Replacements songs in 25 years. More clear-headed moments like "Make Believe" and "Electric" provide relief, in both senses of the term."
–SPIN (8 out of 10)
“The growly, funny, slyly insightful John McCauley and his band Deer Tick get rowdy — well, rowdier — on their album “Divine Providence” (Partisan) which cranks up the amps to push their rootsy, twangy rock toward boozier dives.”
-New York Times
“Their new album is everything we like about rock and roll. It’s up-tempo, irreverent, silly when it needs to be, grave when it must be.”
“If this sounds like a rave, then you read it correctly. Divine Providence, music that the Creator Himself may have sent, is the best, funniest, most detailed, thrilling blast of rock and roll since The Hold Steady’s Boys And Girls In America. It’ll have you dancing while you’re thinking about the lyrics and positing all kinds of intellectual theories as you listen to its very danceable grooves. In fact, you won’t know which one to do first. And the coolest thing? You will not care.”
“McCauley’s sense of musical inebriation has a deep cohesiveness and striking emotional weight.”
“There’s an overarching messiness on this album, sure, but that’s one of the aspects that makes it feel real – the product of an imperfect songwriter who articulates the imperfection in each of us.”
“The Providence-based outfit delivers another terrific effort that blends trademark lo-fi indie folk with blues and rock.”
“Just when you think you’ve seen all the Tick’s tricks, they release this. Deer me.”
“This one is much closer to the reckless abandon of their live shows…it’s served with such a knowing grin that you can’t help but love it.”
“Loud, raw, gritty? Check. Sometimes silly, often earnest lyrics ripping from whiskey-soaked vocal chords? Got that, too.”
“The slightly more rambunctious flare that permeates the album is what helps set it apart from the rest of the band’s catalog.”
“Divine Providence is a celebration of music by a band who likes nothing more than to have a good time—and what is more respectable than that?”
“Best of all is “Make Believe,” a mid-tempo rocker with guitar solos that croak to perfection and imagery so believable that listeners actually might imagine themselves inside the “you cheated on me: narrative.”
-Under The Radar
“Deer Tick go for a rustic barroom brawl of a rock sound with raggedy upright piano, stomping guitar lines and party-hearty notions on Divine Providence"
“when McCauley relaxes, and lets his genuine talent for penning rousing rock songs imbued with tough-guy sincerity shine through without the posturing, Deer Tick achieves that uniquely Westerbergian mix of fuck-it-all arrogance, intensely personal emotionalism, and sharply written (albeit sloppily executed) hooks.”
-The AV Club
“The album is a mean cocktail of the band’s notable stage energy thrown into the studio and spit out in a rowdy, flying-by-the-seat-of-its-pants sound.”
–Consequence of Sound
“The balls-to-the wall approach to the album shows a dynamic that any witness to the band’s live spectacle can attest to: altogether wild, fleetingly mellow, and not giving a damn in the least.”
-Consequence of Sound