Posted in music | pictures on June 20, 2011

most photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher

Deervana

Let me start off by saying the Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) show at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (6/19) was the most fun I had at all of Northside Festival.

WATERS opened the sold out show, which was appropriate. Deer Tick was covering Nirvana and WATERS is the indie-folkie turned '90s-guitar-rocker Van Pierszalowski's new project. WATERS played material off their upcoming debut Out in the Light, which is being released on TBD in September. If the recordings sound as good as the songs did at Brooklyn Bowl, then Out in the Light is definitely an album to look out for. Towards the end of their set, Van said, "Nirvana are one of my favorite bands of all time and In Utero is my favorite album of all time. I'd also like to pay tribute to one of my other favorite bands of all time." WATERS then proceeded to, possibly ironically, cover Hole's "Violet." They ended the set with the one song they've released, "For The One." Catch them at their third and last NYC show on this run, this Tuesday (6/21) at Mercury Lounge before they head back to Oslo, Norway, where the band is based.

About 15 minutes, 9 guitars, and a few beer pitchers later, Deervana walked out on stage and said, "Tonight we are not Deer Tick." They proceeded to pay a more-than-sincere tribute to Nirvana. I very unfortunately never saw Nirvana, though I know Deer Tick honored them in more ways than one. Their set notably left out hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and "Heart Shaped Box," in favor of the less popular, but even more revered live mainstays like "School," "In Bloom," "Aneurysm," "Scentless Apprentice," "Blew," and others. Deervana not only echoed Nirvana in their approach to live setlists, but also in their raw energy and silly stage antics.

Mosh pits broke out to every song (save for "Something in the Way") and the crowd often overpowered Deervana while singing along. Fans crowd surfed, stage dived, grabbed band members, and threw drinks in the air. "It's like playing a party in your friend's garage whose dad is really rich and bought a bowling alley," said Deer Tick/Deervana frontman John McCauley. After only an hour of thrashing around to Nirvana songs, Deervana thanked Fender for "giving them things they could break," and broke into "Curmudgeon" which they ended by kicking over their drums and destroying their guitars, aptly aided by the dropping of bowling balls on the instruments. Despite the fact that Deervana could have played for another hour without losing crowd interest, the conditions on stage made it pretty clear they weren't even doing a one-song encore.

Setlist and more pictures from the show below...

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this photo via Teresa Guy
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this photo via mintjulip
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this photo via Widder Twidder
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show souvenier via HerbertHarper
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Setlist: (possibly slightly out of order)
School
In Bloom
Aneurysm
Blew
Lithium
About A Girl
On A Plain
Been A Son
Serve The Servants
Molly's Lips (Vaselines)
Scentless Apprentice
Something in the Way
Curmudgeon

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Comments (12)

holy sunday, Deervana kicked the shit out of Brooklyn Bowl!

Posted by aintgonnapeepee | June 20, 2011 5:15 PM

i thought waters was even better. and the hole song was fucking awesome!

Posted by page23 | June 20, 2011 5:24 PM

that was such an awesome show! i want a deervana t-shirt badly...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 5:33 PM

WATERS knocked me out. Great set. Going to try and catch them tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 6:02 PM

Very good set, if a bit short (was more like 45 minutes instead of an hour). Felt like the 90's for a night.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 6:23 PM

I'd agree while it was Deervana's night, Waters were rocking. Must see them on Tuesday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 6:28 PM

Nothing like playing someone else's tunes to get a brooklyn crowd riled up. So, now we're COOL with cover bands?

- HATER

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 6:39 PM

Curmudgeon from last night:

http://youtu.be/2DYqZPuVtgc?hd=1

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 7:10 PM

"Felt like the 90's for a night."

Oh, shut up. You're making actually wish it WAS (and they weren't that great the first time around).

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 11:31 PM

Tribute band....not a cover band

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | June 21, 2011 10:19 AM

OMG! Waters blew my mind. Deervana were awsm too

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2011 2:58 PM

Setlist is 100% correct.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2011 3:05 PM

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