Deer Tick – Tim Review

The Rhode Island alt. country rockers are back with a new EP offering. If these songs had replaced the second half of their last LP, it would have made for a damn fine record.

Deer Tick – Tim (2012) – 7.8 / 10.0

Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Running Time: 22:03
Label: Partisan Records
Genre: Alternative Country-Rock
Drug of Choice: Whiskey, Cocaine
Key Tracks:
“Born At Zero”
“When It All Falls Down”

When I reviewed Deer Tick’s Divine Providence LP just a few months ago, I was distinctly let down the the second half of that album didn’t live up to the promise of the first. That album was split between wonderful rockers about quickly ending adolescence on one side, and seemingly aimless ballads on the other. With their new EP Tim, the guys have put together what would have been a much more impressive second half for that record. Generally much darker than any of the material on Divine Providence, Tim is full of dirge blues like this band seems meant to play. Even with that dirty, raw energy holding the day, this music sounds more controlled than anything on Divine Providence. At there very best, this band plays the blues like a seance. That is what you find on the Tim EP. It is hard to pick a favorite track here, because the whole thing is pretty damn good. I suppose the acoustic version of “Main Street” is disposable, but the other four tracks more than make up for it. This is dirty, sweaty three-day-coke-bender material and I love every second of it.


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Chris Bell was born in the suburbs of Kansas City, MO in 1981. His path toward a life enjoying music began at ten, when he first heard Queen. Chris attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he studied English and Communication Arts. While there, Chris spent three years working as an on-air disc jockey for 88.7 KTRM Radio. Chris was the host/creator of the weekly ‘Tangled Up In Bob’ show and a frequent guest on the station’s weekend talk format, serving as a guest commentator on music and politics. It was during this time that Chris was first published by the National Communication Association. His work, ‘Dylan and the New Left: How Political Song Changed American Political Rhetoric’ was presented at the 2002 NCA National Convention in New Orleans. Chris was the only undergraduate to present research on his panel, ‘Rhetorical Strategies in Music’. After college, Chris moved back to Kansas City and started his own talent management company, Poker Face Productions. He continued to manage that company until moving to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a business opportunity in 2008. While there, Chris started as a weekly column writer and album reviewer for Now back in the Midwest, Chris is hoping to bring what he learned about music media in New York to his hometown and support an already vibrant arts culture in Kansas City. His areas of concentration include American Roots, Glam Rock, Punk, Psychedelia, Chamber Pop, American Underground, and Garage Rock.

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