Before 2011, Deer Tick was widely considered a folk and country-styled indie rock band.
With its 2011 album “Divine Providence,” the band turned up the amps and rocked out for us.
The band's recent release, “Tim,” is a five-song EP that continues in that vein. Though they were cut from the “Divine Providence” track listing, many think the five songs on the new EP were the best from the sessions.
We caught up with groggy bandleader John McCauley while he was on the road.
Q. Why did you decide to put these songs out now?
A. We didn't change a thing, so I don't know. Some people think it's the best songs from the sessions. Who cares?
Q. Is “Tim” a reference to The Replacements?
A. Yes. Also, the guy on the cover is the owner of our record label, Tim Putnam. So, we wanted to (mess) with him more than anything else.
Q. Isn't Tommy Stinson a big fan of Deer Tick?
A. I wouldn't say “big” because I don't know. Apparently, Dennis' cousin ran into him at a casino and he had one of our records.
Q. “Tim” and “Divine Providence” really sound more like your live show.
A. Yeah, absolutely. I don't really think we've been able to capture anything like that in the studio before. It was time to do something like that.
Q. Tell me a little bit about Diamond Rugs, your project with guys from The Black Lips, Dead Confederate and Los Lobos.
A. It's a fun project. We were gonna do it. It was gonna be me and Ian from Black Lips and Brian the drummer. We were gonna make a (crappy) little punk album. We were gonna write all these songs about things stoner roommates might argue about like “When's your girlfriend gonna pay rent?”
Then I met Steve Berlin and I told him about it and he said he wanted to join. Then it became more serious. It just kinda fell into place.
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