Deer Tick will release the new album, Negativity, on September 24th via Partisan Records. The band has revealed the album’s first single and video for “The Rock” (above).
Negativity is the ban’ds fifth album and follows 2011’s Divine Providence.
Each new Deer Tick record has stood as a progressive milestone for frontman John McCauley and the Providence, Rhode Island-based band (guitarist Ian O’Neill, bassist Christopher Dale Ryan, keyboardist Rob Crowell, and drummer Dennis Ryan), but Negativity represents an epic leap forward on virtually all fronts. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary 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 thus far as well as the band’s most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.
Negativity was penned over the course of a genuinely eventful 2012, an annus horribilus in which McCauley’s father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to a prison sentence. As if that weren’t enough, McCauley’s wedding engagement collapsed under the weight of his own excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle. Like any true artist, McCauley channeled his anger, sadness, and regret into his work, resulting in what can be safely declared his finest collection of songs to date, impassioned and interior and increasingly mature, both as expression of emotion as well as pure unadulterated songcraft.
Be sure to catch the band on tour supporting the new album.
Deer Tick On Tour 2013
7/6 – Portsmouth, NH – Sneakers and Speakers Benefit
7/7 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
7/26 – Newport, RI – Newport Blues Café – SOLD OUT
7/27 – Newport, RI – Newport Blues Café – SOLD OUT
7/28 – Newport, RI – Newport Blues Café – SOLD OUT
9/7 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
9/17 – York, PA – Strand Performing Arts Center
9/18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/20 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
9/21 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival
9/26 – Los Angeles, CA – UCLA – Bruin Plaza
10/1 – London, UK – The Borderline
10/2 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Rotonde
10/3 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso – Upstairs
10/4 – Berlin, Germany – Comet Club