About half way through their cross-country tour, Rhode Island band Deer Tick stopped in Los Angeles Tuesday night to play the Echoplex. While the audience waited for McCauley and co to take the stage, you could sense that the crowd was battling some post-Halloween delirium. But all that changed when Deer Tick filled the room with their vicious energy and enormous sound, ricocheting from the low-ceilings of the Echoplex.
After being introduced by long-time friend and a dapper fellow DJ Awesome, one half of DJ Awesome Goodtimes, Deer Tick ripped into an 18-song set that covered both new and old tunes equally. They opened with a song from their latest album, Divine Providence, called “The Bump,” belting lines like “we’re full grown men and we act like kids.” Throughout the show, they continued to churn out new anthems like “Let’s All Go to The Bar” and “Miss K,” getting the crowd thumping and fist pumping into a full swinging mosh pit. Deer Tick and their fans don’t really mess around when it comes to a live show, so naturally, before McCauley could call it a night, he joined his raucous fans by jumping in it and kicking the monitor off the stage, seemingly by accident.
Though Deer Tick may not be Pitchfork’s number one recommended, trend stamped, indie band of the millisecond, this band knows what moves people. Seeing Deer Tick live will restore your faith in rock and roll, and give you a little taste of exactly what the fine city Los Angeles desperately needs. That, and a good old fashioned hangover.
If you missed them in LA, check out one of their shows on the last leg of the US tour, ending in Providence, RI.
Photos by Paley Fairman.