Deer Tick are excited to share the second single off their forthcoming new record Negativity (out September 24th), “The Dreams In The Ditch,” today on Soundcloud. They have also confirmed a lengthy run of fall headlining tour dates, making stops in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, and more! Fans can purchase pre-sale tickets to the fall tour at a reduced price via deertickmusic.com with the option to pre-order the physical record. The full list of dates is below.
Negativity was penned over the course of a genuinely eventful 2012, an annus horribilus in which McCauley’s father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to a prison sentence. As if that weren’t enough, McCauley’s wedding engagement collapsed under the weight of his own excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle. Like any true artist, McCauley channeled his anger, sadness, and regret into the album.
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 “In Our Time,” a timeless country tearjerker featuring duet vocals from McCauley’s good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton. At once heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and indeed, life-affirming, Negativity stands as a genuine high water mark for Deer Tick – a defining collection from a band driven by an undying faith in rock ‘n’ roll’s evergreen power of redemption and transcendence.
“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.
Sat-Sep-14 – Pawtucket, RI – Dudesmash II @ The Met
Sun-Sep-15 – Springfield, MA – The John Boyle O’Reilly Club
Tue-Sep-17 – York, PA – Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
Wed-Sep-18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Fri-Sep-20 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
Sat-Sep-21 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival
Thu-Sep-26 – Los Angeles, CA – UCLA – Bruin Plaza
Thu-Oct-10 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Fri-Oct-11 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Sat-Oct-12 – Dekalb, IL – Otto’s Nightclub
Sun-Oct-13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Tue-Oct-15 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Wed-Oct-16 – Winnepeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
Fri-Oct-18 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Sat-Oct-19 – Calgary, AB – The Republik
Mon-Oct-21 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Tue-Oct-22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Wed-Oct-23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Fri-Oct-25 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Sat-Oct-26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
Sun-Oct-27 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
Tue-Oct-29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Wed-Oct-30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Fri-Nov-01 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Sat-Nov-02 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
Sun-Nov-03 – St Louis, MO – Firebird
Mon-Nov-04 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Wed-Nov-06 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Thu-Nov-07 – New York, NY – Webster Hall