Deer Tick aims for "Negatvity"
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
– Deer Tick will release its fifth full-length studio disc, "Negativity," on Sept. 24 on Partisan Records.
The release is the follow-up to 2011's "Divine Providence." The lead track on the new disc, The Rock, has just premiered exclusively at Rolling Stone. In addition, a pyrotechnic album teaser video can be viewed HERE.
The band includes front man John McCauley, guitarist Ian O'Neill, bassist Christopher Dale Ryan, keyboardist Rob Crowell and drummer Dennis Ryan. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Ore. with 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.
"Negativity" was penned over the course of 2012, which saw McCauley's father plead guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to a prison sentence and his engagement collapse "under the weight of his own excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle," according to his publicist.
The music includes Hey Doll and In Our Time, a country tearjerker featuring duet vocals from McCauley's good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton.
The band also will be hitting the road. Dates include:
July 6 - Portsmouth, NH - Sneakers and Speakers Benefit
July 7 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
July 26-28 - Newport, RI - Newport Blues Café - sold out
Sept. 7 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Festival
Sept. 17 - York, PA - Strand Performing Arts Center
Sept. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sept. 20 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
Sept. 21 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival
Sept. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - UCLA - Bruin Plaza
Oct. 1 - London, UK - The Borderline
Oct. 2 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Rotonde
Oct. 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso - Upstairs
Oct. 4 - Berlin, Germany - Comet Club
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