Posted in music | pictures on October 4, 2011

photos by Andrew St. Clair

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John McCauley of Deer Tick made it clear at last night's free BV-presented Brooklyn show that they weren't there to protest with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. Nothing against Occupy Wall Street, but the band more importantly wanted to to help bring attention to the police brutality that is happening to the protesters at Wall St., because everyone has a right to protest.

Everyone also has the right to rock! And Deer Tick rocked for two hours at Willliamsburg venue Death By Audio, a DIY space that the now-Webster Hall-headlining band last played about three years ago. The all ages capacity crowd started lining up at 8pm, the place filled quickly, and the band (no opener) was on around 9. Without the pressure of playing to a paying audience, Deer Tick had fun and played their hearts out. They debuted many new songs live, played a bunch of covers, and lots of classics too. The sound was excellent and loud.

John McCauley has never been afraid of sharing the mic with guest singers, but the past couple of years have also seen Deer Tick increasingly showcasing the singing abilities of other permanent members of the band as well. Most notably, guitarist Ian O'Neil takes center stage at times, but drummer Dennis Ryan also gets to showcase his voice, like he did on one crowd favorite they tested out for the first time last night, that will appear on the band's new album Divine Providence (out 10/25).

Covers included the Replacements, Foreigner, Nirvana (Deervana), The Shivers, Chuck Berry and Michael Hurley (who happens to play Union Pool tonight).

One of the live sort-of-debuts wasn't a Deer Tick song, but one that will appear on an album by yet another supergroup side project. The crowd thought for sure John was talking about Middle Brother when he started to intro the song, but it quickly became apparent that in fact there is now a supergroup #2. Diamond Rugs is its name (Damn I Am On Drugs), and its members include Ian from Black Lips (who also have a Webster Hall show coming up), Hardy from Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne from Six Finger Satellite (who was at the show), Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and John & Robbie from Deer Tick. The Diamond Rugs song they played is a Christmas song, which I called a "sort-of-debut" because it has been played in front of people at least once before (video from the Hamptons below). Stay tuned for more about Diamond Rugs.

To the delight of many who were shouting out requests, Deer Tick played a hard-hitting full band version of "Christ Jesus" and closed the set with the fast and fun Ramones-esque "Let's All Go To the Bar", complete with John McCauley stage dive.

More tour dates HERE. A recent Deer Tick Landromatinee session was put online HERE. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...

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Christmas Song - Wellfleet Beachcomber Cape Cod MA 8/25/11

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Comments (22)

such an awesome show. thank you Deer Tick and BV!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:35 AM

police brutality in NYC? what the hell do you expect? do you see who they hire nowdays???

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:51 AM

she's smoking indoors! gasp!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:04 PM

Deer Tick killed it last night. By my count their last 2 NYC shows have been totally free too. Says alot. Hope that song "Lets All Go To The Bar" is on the new record. It's more early Clash than Ramones tho.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:19 PM

Deer's Dick

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:20 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:25 PM

what are the songs they covered? (not the bands)

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:28 PM

I'm gonna have a free concert in my basement tonight to raise awareness of the treatment of the pinto beans on Olivera St. in downtown L.A. People in another city / another state really need to become aware of this situation.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:33 PM

people love to bitch about the police, that is until you need a cop, then we're all like "where the hell are the cops?!?!?"

ya need to make up yo mindz

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:40 PM

It's not like the cops beat people who I wouldn't beat on myself.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:29 PM

they covered bastards of young, can't hardly wait by the replacements. tonight i'll be staying here with you, oh boy, move it on over, maybellene, dead flowers, i'll never got out of this world alive. does anyone know which foreigner/nirvana songs they covered? i missed those...

Posted by jon | October 4, 2011 1:34 PM

on a plane.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:44 PM

Mean to tell me that they did all those covers and nothing by The Police? THAT'S pretty lame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:02 PM

2:02 - get off your high horse!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:08 PM

you call a band with members of

Black Lips
Dead Confederate
Six Finger Satellite
Deer Tick

a "supergroup"?

LOL

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:54 PM

Foreigner song was "Jukebox Hero". 2:54, when was the last time you played w Steve Berlin? Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:37 PM

the best part of the show was at 3 am when everyone left and some old bum jerked off in my mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:48 PM

hummus)))

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:09 PM

"when was the last time u played wit steve berlin"

WHO?????

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:29 PM

4:29 - get off your high horse!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:41 PM

i put together a mix of (nearly) every song deer tick covered last night:

http://thepretender.tumblr.com/post/11040896246/deer-tick-songs

Posted by jon | October 4, 2011 11:46 PM

the best part of the show was at 3 am when everyone left and some old bum jerked off in my mouth.

Posted by broadcast | November 25, 2011 1:52 PM

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