[To listen to the AUDIO INTERVIEW, click above] Guitarist/vocalist Ian O’Neil of rock band Deer Tick talks about the band’s Wyoming debut, recording with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, and dealing with the media.
(An excerpt of this piece was published in Planet JH Weekly)
Does Deer Tick sometimes get a bad rap? Misunderstood? When I caught up to guitarist/vocalist Ian O’Neil, he explained that it’s because “we are not inclined to do what people are expecting of us.” What rock band would, right?
I dug my ears into the Providence, Rhode Island quintet’s discography, read interviews, and tried to wrap my head around where they are coming from, musically. I kept getting distracted, though, by public distaste of the band’s rock ‘n’ roll attitude, their lack of tact. As the band’s label-issued bio honestly states, they are “100% Deer-Fucking-Tick” and “completely uninterested in whatever the hell the rest of the music industry is up to.”
Fist-pumping masculinity, thorny pessimism, debauchery, and that seemingly not-giving-a-damn perspective rolls confidently without blush on their loud, drunken rock affair and fourth LP, Divine Providence (2011). Though exploration into previous albums—like the folk roots of War Elephant (2007)—and forays into material that’s fleetingly mellow to Nirvana punky, is telling. Deer Tick’s approach is heterogeneous, and can be rather thoughtful, too, while living up to