Deer Tick

John McCauley and Deer Tick have long walked a tightwire between total despair and fractured resilience, but Negativity represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos, and last year’s McCauley side project, Diamond Rugs), the album –Deer Tick’s fifth full-length studio release, and follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Divine Providence – 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.

Deer Tick – sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band who have spent a couple of hundred nights each year on stage for more than half a decade – more than match the strength of the songs by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop of “The Dream’s In The Ditch” (penned by guitarist Ian O’Neil) to the full-blown Memphis showstopper, “Trash,” Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock ‘n’ roll. Additional sonic color comes courtesy of magnificently arranged brass accompaniment by Austin, Texas’s GRAMMY®-winning Latin fusion collective, Grupo Fantasma.

While Deer Tick have been rightfully hailed for their raucous rave-ups and substance-fueled fervor, Negativity places considerable focus on the band’s nuanced and tender side, with notable highlights including the wrenching breakup ballad, “Hey Doll,” and the stunning “In Our Time.” Written from his father’s perspective, the song is a timeless country tearjerker featuring McCauley’s good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton singing duet vocals in the “role” of his mom.

“I guess I’ll catch you on the other side,” McCauley sings in the album’s final moment, a promise that, despite the pain and fatalism and yes, negativity, he’s here for the long haul. Heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and ultimately life-affirming, Negativity stands as an indisputable high water mark for Deer Tick – a defining collection from a rock ‘n’ roll band driven by an undying faith in the power of redemption and transcendence.

Autumn Tone Records/ Chicago

Recognized initially for their raucous and sweaty live shows, Twin Peaks have been making a buzz in Chicago's music scene. Their debut "Sunken" manages to hold up to their live act, rolling catchy hooks, chorused guitars, chugging rhythms, and pure rock and roll all into one fantastic album.

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Fat Tramp Food Stamp

F.T.F.S. is a unique collaboration of Americana, Metal, and good old fashioned river rat Rock n' Roll. Think Tom Waits meets Scooby Doo, with a little Johnny Cash and Slayer thrown into the mix just for the hell of it. What started as a drunken rant in the back of a Main Street bar on a cold winter day, grew into one of the most innovative sounds the midwest has to offer.

Fat Tramp is currently booking shows, writing new material, and making new fans every chance they get.
For more information on the band, a schedule of its upcoming shows, and to hear its latest songs visit www.myspace.com/fattrampfoodstamp or www.fattrampfoodstamp.com

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Deer Tick with Twin Peaks, The Union Electric, Fat Tramp Food Stamp

Monday, May 6 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Firebird

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