Deer Tick

Deer Tick

Performing "Divine Providence" + "Tim" EP in Full, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Ian O'Neil (of Deer Tick)

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Advanced tickets to this event are sold out. There will be a limited amount of admissions available to purchase at the door starting at 6:00pm. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $15 at the door, cash only.

Deer Tick presents "Deervana" (performing "In Utero" in its entirety)
Deer Tick presents "Deervana" (performing "In Utero" in its entirety)
From the band that’s been both accurately and inaccurately labeled just about everything this side of Top 40 comes a true-to-form rock-n-roll record. Scratch that, true-to-form is not Deer Tick’s style. Let’s start over…
Naturally, after so many years of critics praising [and making fun of] them for their “folk” and “country” sounds and hardly ever mentioning the fact that they’ve also recorded virtually dozens of other kinds of music, the band wanted to make a record that was truer to their live set (which has gained some notoriety): raw, loud, heartfelt, and completely uninterested in whatever the hell the rest of the music industry is up to.
To produce this record, the band recruited the team of Adam Landry and Justin Collins, who produced McCauley’s side-project Middle Brother’s debut album. The results are unlike anything you’ve heard on a Deer Tick album, but Deer Tick achieves something that is a lot more accurate to their live sound. Distorted guitars are aplenty, guitarist Ian O’Neil and drummer Dennis Ryan take lead vocal duties for the first time on record. Man, you can practically smell the sweat and the beer! Shit, you may even hear a guitar or two break somewhere in there! It’s got a little Exile, it’s got a little In Utero, it’s got a little Nilsson Schmilsson, but it’s 100% Deer-Fucking-Tick in their purest, and most carefree form… perhaps that’s because this is the first record they’ve recorded in their home state of Rhode Island… GAH!!! No need to over-think this shit!!! Moving on…
The songs are there. The delivery is in your face. There’s no studio magic. There’s no hiding the fact that Deer Tick is just five regular dudes. This record may rattle your thoughts, and it may make you think differently about Deer Tick, but at least they didn’t make the same album four times in a row, right?
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Under the moniker, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Jersey­bred songwriter Alex Bleeker has developed a solo career outside of his bass playing duties for Real Estate. Bringing together like­minded players and friends, he and his able­minded Freaks crafted two separate albums of material, a low­key self­titled release in 2009 and a more full­bodied 2013 record entitled How Far Away.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks’ third album Country Agenda is the culmination of Bleeker’s songwriting, as well as the gelling together of a fully formed band. With the full­time inclusion of guitarist Alex Steinberg, bassist Nick Lenchner, drummer Dylan Shumaker and keyboardist Jacob Wolf, along with occasional guest vocals from Mountain Man singer Molly Sarle, The Freaks’ vibe has coalesced considerably.
No longer the work of a single director, this version of the band gives the songs more room to breathe, allowing the tunes to move in unexpected directions. A wholly collaborative effort, Country Agenda features multiple songwriters and ensemble playing that stretches out in unhurried passages of glowing musical interplay. The songs wander in slow motion like a coastline drive, drawing on the same wizened energy and brilliant restraint as Crazy Horse, the Dead, Moby Grape and other like­minded cosmic travelers. Easily the most realized and best sounding set of tunes from the project, the strengths of the album are magnified by a cohesive feeling that was absent on previous Freaks records. The sound here is undeniably the birth of a solid band playing together, locked in the groove, and moving down the road in unison.
Ian O'Neil (of Deer Tick)
Ian O'Neil (of Deer Tick)
Ian O’Neil, a Massachusetts native, has been Deer Tick’s guitarist and a contributing songwriter to the band since 2009. He previously played in the band Titus Andronicus.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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