Deer Tick

Deer Tick Biography

Deer Tick is the songwriting project or band (depending on how you look at it) of John McCauley, a singer/songwriter based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Thanks to the help of Brendon "Viking Moses" Massei, McCauley has been ferociously zig-zagging across the United States, hitting all the sparsely attended basement shows, smoky bars, upscale joints, small to medium size festivals, and everything in between, since April of 2005. At 20 years of age, McCauley has worked very hard to get his homemade CD's in players across the country, and has no plans to stop any time soon.

Deer Tick's first official release will come in September 2007, just a few months after McCauley's 21st birthday, on Jana Hunter’s newly launched label, Feow!. Titled War Elephant, the album represents the fearlessness of a young man who will play a set at a New England sports bar while a Red Sox championship game is on the tube. But more than that, the album celebrates the art of songwriting. It’s one big party for the songs that have advanced McCauley in his career and made him a unique figure on the face of music for the past two years.

McCauley takes his cues from legendary songwriters such as Townes Van Zant, Neil Young and Ritchie Valens, and big stage personalities like Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Bennett. Like Tony Bennett, McCauley loves the art of vocal projection and will often perform without the aid of microphones, but for his whole set. His influences are something that set his live shows apart from most other acts. The Deer Tick experience is something that can be fun and heart wrenching at the same time. The performance is usually riddled with jokes, but always with a genuine and serious message that is delivered sincerely to the listener.

The music of Deer Tick is something that should speak for itself.

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