Deer Tick Vol. 1 and the electric Deer Tick Vol. 2. It’s been four years since Deer Tick’s last album, Negativity, and the band almost didn’t return from its hiatus, as frontman John McCauley prioritized getting a handle on his habits and becoming a family man with wife Vanessa Carlton. Armed with twenty new songs and a deep catalogue, McCauley and company will present a “Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery” at the Gothic, flying their freak flags high.
At the dive bar where angels and demons party together, Deer Tick is the rowdy house band. The Rhode Island act has long embodied dual drives: lovelorn, country-tinged folk rock and burn-it-down barroom punk, all of it beer-soaked and unabashedly human. The band’s newest release embraces the swing between poles with two separate records: the acoustic