Too Drunk To Dream

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Deer Tick are a great Providence band

“Deer Tick are a great Providence band”

I don’t get to relish in those words too often. When I can, it needs to be announced. So even when Deer Tick play a sold-out Madison Square Garden some day, I’ll still be advertising the fact that they’re from the biggest little state in the union. With that being said…damn. Why haven’t I seen these guys around? Probably because the best music in Providence is not advertised. Most of the music, for better or for worse, is well under wraps. Hey, with the utter lack of performance space in this city, it’s a challenge to find a place to play. What ends up happening is, bands play in guerilla places, off-the-radar and technically illegal venues; houses, basements, in mills, artist studios, and lofts. When the shows ARE advertised (mostly on blogs), the writers are chastised for allowing the authorities the ability to obtain info on these performances. So, since I moved off of Federal Hill, and shifted my stomping grounds….sadly I don’t hear about a lot of these shows anymore.

SO, Deer Tick, er, John McCauley released an excellent album a short time ago called War Elephant, an alt-country gem heavily rooted in the indie sounds of Modest Mouse, Clap Your Hands, and The Cave Singers. Some really good shit. And coming out of Providence RI. The revolution has arisen again. 1st it was the Talking Heads, then it was Kristen Hersh, Kilgore, and Lightning Bolt. Now it’s The Low Anthem and Deer Tick. Watch out…cuz I’ve got an attitude and an acoustic guitar too…

Ashamed – Deer Tick

Deer Tick – “Art Isn’t Real” at AS220 – Deer Tick – War Elephant [2007]

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, art isn't real, Arts, ashamed, deer tick, ghost of electricity, indie, John McCauley, music, providence, Providence Rhode Island, rhode island, toodrunktodream, war elephant | Leave a comment