John McCauley (far left) and his band of brothers who go by the unforgettable name of Deer Tick.
August is bearing down on New York and yet these last few nights have proved to be perfect backdrops for trouble-making in the big city.
Tonight should be no different when two of indie rock’s best liabilities park their vans by the Hudson River for a show at Pier 54.
Tonight’s River Rocks event will feature two bands that never cease to entertain. Headlining this evening is the pride of Providence known as Deer Tick. Lead by singer-guitarist John McCauley, Deer Tick pounds out their own brand of scratched up American rock with tales of booze, religion and women.
Their particular brand of musical whiskey nods to the classics while always keeping one foot on the gas pedal giving their sound an urgency that the laid-back genre occasionally lacks.
Opening this evening’s proceedings is the Worcester, Mass., rat pack DOM that just scored high praise from the infallible Pitchfork for their second EP titled Family of Love, (Astralwerks). While still in their salad days, DOM has taken a big leap forward with their new EP and hopefully the live show finds a balance between the maturity on the new record and the playfulness of their first EP.
The Pier 54 doors open at 6pm and the entry to the free show is first come, first served. The organizers ask that concert attendees cross the West Side Highway at 14th Street and Horatio Street. From there you’ll be able to find your way. Also, check out their site for a list of prohibited items so you they can’t force you to toss that handle of Jack Daniels or hide your skateboard along the river.
Check out Deer Tick playing their jam "Easy" in the KEXP studio: