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Deer Tick

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States (2004 – present)

Deer Tick is a folk rock band which formed in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 2004. The band consists of John McCauley III (guitar, vocals), Ian O’Neil (guitar, vocals), Christopher Ryan (bass, vocals), Rob Crowell (keys, saxophone, vocals) and Dennis Ryan (drums, vocals).

Bassist Christopher Dale Ryan and drummer Dennis Ryan became official members of Deer Tick in mid-2007 while guitarist Andrew Tobiassen joined the band in August 2008. Keyboardist James Falzone played with Deer Tick off and on from 2006 to 2007 and Paul Marandola drummed from 2005 to 2007.

The band began in December of 2004 as a drums and guitar duo. Within a few years the band developed into a quartet featuring two guitars, bass and drums, with three members singing and writing, and one writing string arrangements. They have released countless CD-Rs and two official releases, 2007’s War Elephant (re-released in 2008) and 2009’s Born On Flag Day.
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Deer Tick began in December 2004 as a two-man drum and guitar band as a new vehicle for songwriter, and Providence, Rhode Island native, John Joseph McCauley III. After hearing a Hank Williams song on the radio, McCauley purchased as much Hank Sr. as he could at a record store, got his underage hands on a big bottle of brandy, and locked himself up in his cold and drafty bedroom listening to ol’ Hank until the bottle was dry. It was a departure from the dissonant rock n roll scene that McCauley had been familiar with growing up in Providence. Alongside him was his best friend, Paul Thomas Marandola, on the drums. The two made some tapes, played a couple small shows, and tried to find a bass player.

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  • autumn-fall

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    none of the 'similar bands' sound very similar. This band is more about heartfelt musical craftsmanship and tradition than about genre or indie rock. Hell many of their song ideas are from old timey music and folk and old country.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    Listen to Hank Williams Gold collection, it fits with Deer Tick. All of their stuff is very good, but the some of the newer stuff takes a few plays before you get it, and then some of the "new" stuff is incredible.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tmanrocker

    not many know how to rock out anymore

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tangerine843

    been listening to the new one non stop. it's fantastic.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • r_m

    I had high hopes for the new album.. but it's not exactly "War Elephant's evil twin brother".

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • EduSkynyrd

    R.I.Peace Opie

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tangerine843

    the rock is great

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • catrach0

    Glad they went back to what makes them good. Hopefully Delta Spirit will do the same.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • blurritos

    new favorite band

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Contristo

    listen to the new Deer Tick track, "The Rock" - http://www.obscuresound.com/2013/06/deer-tick-the-rock/

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Why is this band not hugely popular?

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ichel92

    I DONT CARE IF YOURE ALREADY DRUNK!!!

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BrotherWoodrow

    Unbelievable concert on End of the Road Festival yesterday! And it doesn't happen every day that you drink vodka with the guys from Deer Tick! :) Awesome band.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • GRUZIN88

    отличнейшие! exellent stuff!

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Mandaah86

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicCapitalist

    I thought this awesome artist was a country-punk But it was not, although, What Kind Of Fool Am I? is great!

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • glennkara

    best show I've ever seen - Deer Tick, Fall 2010, Old St. Francis School Bend, OR. Absolutely Epic.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Mixch

    Why is that alt- country? Nothing alt'bout them. Love his voice though.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dwightstallion

    Saw them on Saturday, it was absolutely epic!

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
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