Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful Girls’

Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Deer… Tick

November 9, 2008


Good grief! Does the world need another “Deer” band? After Deerhunter and Deerhoof, it seemed like indie rock’s obsession with the word “deer” had become pasé — kinda like what happened with all those “Wolf” bands in  2006. But alas, it looks like we’ll have to make room for one more: Deer Tick.

This Brooklyn via Rhode Island band exists in the grey area between folk and alt country where so many Dylan fans inevitably end up. John McCauley’s vocals are appropriately raspy and the band sounds like a less gothic version of The Veils. Deer Tick also has a penchant for great covers like my secret favorite song Beautiful Girls.” Deer Tick strips way Mr. Kingston’s kitchy drum machines and gimmicky Auto-Tuned vocals and turns into a Temptations-like old-school stomp. The results are pretty fantastic. 

Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)
These Old Shoes
What Kind of Fool Am I (Sammy Davis Jr. Cover)

Deer Tick is prepping to re-release their impeccable War Elephant album this Tuesday on Partisan. If an AIDS DEER band comes along, I’m never listening to an animal band again.