Frontman John McCauley's voice is gritty and ragged and sounds a lot more seasoned and weathered than you might expect a 27-year-old from Rhode Island to sound. Perhaps that's because he's been touring almost nonstop since he persuaded his parents to let him skip college and instead take his guitar on a trip across the country after high school. McCauley started Deer Tick shortly after as a solo project, but it's slowly morphed into its current five man touring roster (although only McCauley, guitarist Ian O'Neill and guest vocalist Vanessa Carlton were at KDHX to record these songs).
Deer Tick has always met harsh critical reception, mostly for their disorganized, whiskey-fueled sets. On the band's newest release, Negativity, and on these three songs though, McCauley and Co. seem to have calmed down a bit. McCauley's voice may sound like a veteran's, but he's young and the future looks bright for his crew of free-wheeling folk rockers.
All photos by Caroline Philippone