Published Jul 30, 2013Arts & Crafts' ever-expanding roster just got a little bigger, as the esteemed Canadian label has added another new band: Rhode Island alt-country eclectics Deer Tick. Their album Negativity will come out on September 24, with the U.S. release handled by Partisan Records.
The album was recorded earlier this year in Portland with Los Lobos member Steve Berlin (Faith No More, the Tragically Hip). Latin American outfit Grupo Fantasma contributed brass. The songs were penned during 2012, in which time Deer Tick band leader John McCauley had his wedding engagement fall apart and his father was jailed for conspiracy and tax fraud.
According to a press release, this is "McCauley's most personal work thus far as well as the band's most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole."
Stylistic touchstones include baroque pop, boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and rock'n'roll. Songwriter Vanessa Carlton (of "A Thousand Miles" fame) duets with McCauley on "In Our Time."
Scroll to the bottom of this page to stream the heartland rock-tinged single "The Dream's in the Ditch," courtesy of Rolling Stone.
Also below, see the band's extensive fall tour schedule. It includes Canadian stops in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
09/14 Pawtucket, RI - Dudesmash II @ The Met
09/15 Springfield, MA - The John Boyle O'Reilly Club
09/17 York, PA - Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
09/18 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09/20 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
09/21 Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival
09/26 Los Angeles, CA - UCLA - Bruin Plaza
10/10 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/11 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10/12 Dekalb, IL - Otto's Nightclub
10/13 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10/15 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10/16 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
10/18 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
10/19 Calgary, AB - The Republik
10/21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
10/22 Seattle, WA - Neumos
10/23 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10/25 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
10/26 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
10/27 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10/30 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11/01 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
11/02 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
11/03 St Louis, MO - Firebird
11/04 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
11/06 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/07 New York, NY - Webster Hall