Inquiring Minds: Deer Tick's Front Man Goes for That Chased-by-Alligators Sound
We talked to McCauley yesterday after the band had sound-checked in Orlando, Fla., and he seemed to be the same aloof character that he portrays in his songs. We had been playing quite the game of text messaging phone tag, so it was nice to finally get to sit down with him over the phone. He began telling us that the reasonings behind the new EP are actually quite hilarious, but also conducive and telling of the band's creative process.
"We had some to spend in the studio a few months back, and we were thinking about how much people try to pigeonhole us as some sort of alt-country twang band, so we decided to play that up. We had more space to roam in the studio and a good producer so we went for it," McCauley said as the band was getting ready to make a run to a local guitar store.
Deer Tick isn't without their fans in high places. This past spring David Fricke, the senior editor of Rolling Stone, picked them as his No. 1 band to watch at this year's SXSW in Austin. To be noticed by Fricke, let alone singled out for praise so emphatically, is quite the honor. Remember, this is the guy who was handpicked to write the liner notes for a few Led Zeppelin and Nirvana retrospective compilations. He's kind of big deal.
McCauley is still stunned by the accolade, "I saw him on the street a few months back in New York and it took me a second to process who he was and by that time he was more than a few steps down the street. I just wanted to say thank you again to him."
McCauley confirmed that the band is working on a follow-up to this new EP and Born On Flag Day, and hopes to be able to showcase the new material during SXSW 2010, where they are set to play a round of shows.
With Neko Case, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 22, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.