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Published on Aug 9, 2013
Deer Tick may fall somewhere in the alt-country category, but these guys can really rock out. The Providence, Rhode Island-based quintet includes band members John J. McCauley III, Christopher Dale Ryan, Dennis Ryan, Ian O'Neil, and Rob Crowell. The band originated as a McCauley solo project in 2004, and has had a rotating group of band members since 2005. They released their folky debut album "War Elephant" in 2007, and released "Divine Providence," a rock 'n roll thrasher of an album, a couple years later. Their newest album, "Negativity," out September 24th, is a bit of a darker record than its predecessors, and is in part influenced by songwriter McCauley's rough past year, during which he dealt with his father going to prison for fraud charges, and a failed engagement. The new album also features some brass accompaniment arranged by Austin's own Grupo Fantasma.