Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers

Show of the Week
by Julie Stoller

11-18-11 at Royale

Deer Tick at the Newport Blues Cafe - Newport, RI

Deer Tick - "Main Street"

PROMISES TO BE AMAZING - Every once in a while a show comes along where the line-up is truly inspired. Such is the case with Friday’s now sold out show at the Royale, with co-headliners Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers. The Felice Brothers’ powerful storytelling and stylistic label defiance is a perfect match for Deer Tick’s defiant barroom revelry.

Deer Tick's new release, Divine Providence, explodes from the first bars of “The Bump,” a foot-stomping call-and-answer which embraces every flaw that encapsulates frontman John McCauley and his idea of rock and roll. McCauley shouts it out, as fair warning “I can take a tree and tear it from its roots. If you see me, I suggest you move.” [for the full review and more live photos of Deer Tick, click here.]

Insider's Tip: For those who procrastinated, your next best option to see Deer Tick playing at Webster Hall in NYC on November 20 (with Virgin Forest and Thomas Hardy of Dead Confederate), or at the Providence Performing Arts Center, for Providence RI’s 375th birthday on November 22.

Deer Tick - Molly's Lips (Nirvana)
"Deervana" recorded live 6/19/11 at the Brooklyn Bowl

Deer Tick
Web / Fb / Tw / My
on Partisan Records

The Felice Brothers - "Ponzi"

Felice Brothers live at The Firebird in St. Louis, Mo
Sarah Marie Smith photo

The Felice Brothers are also making an ambitious departure from their starker, melancholy, alt-country sound on previous albums, to explode on their latest effort with horn arrangements, synths, dance beats and samples. They employ every tool in the shed to tell their dark tales of the American experience (their 7th album, Celebration, Florida is most likely inspired by a violent murder about a year ago in Celebration, Florida, a Disney-founded community that was meant to be an idyll of old-time family values).

Felice Brothers
Web / Fb / Tw / Tr
on Fat Possum Records

THE WRAP - What these two bands and their music have in common is that they are both in the process of breaking free from genre tags like “indie folk” and “alt-country,” having the creative urge and drive to go where their respective muses take them. For Deer Tick, it’s that boozy, adolescent and rambunctious groove that colors their folk and country influences. Though it might be considered bratty and immature by some accounts, it has admirable conviction.

Both bands are steeped in tradition, yet firmly planted in the modern world, trying to reconcile their place in it, and looking for adventure. What a great evening this will be.


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