Entries tagged with: Deervana
most photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher
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...
Deervana @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brooklyn's Northside Festival concludes today (Sunday, 6/19). If you're reading this, finish quickly and get yourself to one of three day shows that are underway.
The most in-demand show at the Northside Festival Sunday night is amazingly a tribute band (one I am also fond of). Deer Tick playing all Nirvana songs as Deervana proved themselves worthy at SXSW and again during a late-night surprise set at Bonnaroo. The show they're playing at Brooklyn Bowl tonight sold out long ago, so if you're planning on getting in with your badge, get there early. WATERS opens the show.
Your dancier alternative is the DFA showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring a headlining set by YACHT whose last NYC show was at the bigger Webster Hall. The stacked bill also includes the Cut Copy-approved The Miracles Club and NYC disco staples Midnight Magic. Tickets are still on sale if you don't have a badge.
Other places to get some value out of your Northside Badge tonight include Bruar Falls where members of Love is All, Architecture in Helsinki & The Lucksmiths are all on the bill, and Coco66 which will have bands featuring members of Lighting Bolt and Cibo Matto. Diamond Rings and Porcelain Raft play a show at Europa with Bell. NYC Taper & Pop Tarts team up for a 2-stage show at Public Assembly that if you miss you can probably download later. After taking a night off, St Cecilia's Church hosts one final show with Mount Eerie, Nicholas Krgovich (of No Kids), and Wyrd Visions (check out the pics from the Atlas Sound show there on the first night). 285 Kent kicks off at 8:30pm with a set by New Moods and ends with a headlining 11:30pm set by Sun Airway. Various members of Das Racist and their associates play in between. The full Northside schedule is at Northside's site.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: WATERS - "For the One" (MP3)
Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of the recently broken-up Port O'Brien, now records under the moniker WATERS. Rather than the indie folk/pop Port O'Brien had become known for, in WATERS Van opts for a fuzzy '90s-lo-fi approach which can be heard above in the song "For the One." WATERS releases his debut LP Out In The Light on September 20 via TBD Records.
He's currently finishing up a tour in Europe with Wye Oak which he'll follow with three NYC dates. WATERS plays the Flavorpill/IROCKIROLL/The Bell House Northside showcase at Cameo Gallery on June 18 with Sean Bones, Neighbors, Zuzuka Poderosa, Young Adults, and Wojick. They also open for Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) at their sold out Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19. WATERS then plays a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 21 with Exitmusic, Milagres, and Anni Rossi. Tickets are on sale.
The Cameo show is one of many that Sean Bones has happening at Cameo this month. He already played there last Thursday and he also plays there on June 23rd (with afro-funk band/collective Superhuman Happiness) and June 30th with the great New Moods. Full residency show lineups are below. Sean is playing new songs at the shows. Those songs will appear on the new record he's finishing recording with Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend). Sean's last record came out on Frenchkiss.
All tour dates below...
Deervana by Ryan Barkan
I'll always be a Nirvana fan and I'm currently a huge Deer Tick fan (obviously), but I had low expectations for this Saturday night "cover band" show at Lustre Pearl. There was so much going on in Austin, I had already seen Deer Tick on Friday at the BV day party, and Sunday was the only day I didn't have to be up in the morning, but I followed friends who I would have rather been with than anywhere else anyway, and I'm so happy I did. It ends up Deer Tick does an amazing Nirvana, and the capacity crowd at Lustre Pearl did a great job dancing, crowd surfing and singing along. Someone next to me kept repeating that it was the best thing they saw all week. It definitely felt that way at the moment.
The bill for the night also included Holy Sons (who I was psyched to catch a whole set by after missing most of it at the BV day party Friday), Robert Ellis (an up and coming country singer who I was happy to check out for the first time) and Dawes (who always put on a great show). I knew Deervana would also be done by 2am so that meant I could still jet to either Odd Future at the Vice party or Kanye West at the Vevo party to really end SXSW week with a bang (I ended up opting for my bed instead).
Deervana, who previously played a show in Rhode Island and will be back
again at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19th (part of the Northside Festival), ended their smashing set by smashing their instruments, though if you look closely at the pictures and videos, you'll see they weren't actually the guitars they were playing. More, including a shot of the setlist, below...