by / November 8th, 2009 /

Foggy Notions presents Deer Tick, Megafaun – Whelan’s Dublin

Tickets €12 plus booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), City Discs, Sound Cellar,, Tickemaster outlets nationwide

‘¦like hardened pioneers, with cutting twang, bull fiddle and the junior-John Prine growl of singer-guitarist John Joseph McCauley III.’ – Rolling Stone

‘So much so-called Americana, be it from Nashville or beyond, is cosy, picket fence-pretty or unbearably trite. Deer Tick are none of those: kids barely into their twenties, their notion of country starts at Hank Williams, disappears into the raw thump of 80s underdogs The Meat Puppets and Green On Red, then re-emerges via the crotchety folk of The Felice Brothers.’ – UNCUT ****

‘They look like children but play like old men who have been doing this their whole lives.’ – Ex-Drive by Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell

Rolling Stone’s Number 1 Top Pick of SXSW

‘Right now I’m into this band Deer Tick, the song is Dirty Dishes, very mellow, very good music, well structured, great vocals.’ – Brian Williams, NBC, Nightly News

‘The gruff pipes, languid alt-country arrangements, and tears-in-his-beers lyrics’¦there is plenty about Deer Tick’s debut album to suggest that front-man John McCauley has seen more than his twenty-one birthdays.’ – Pitchfork

Providence, Rhode Island bar-band Deer Tick bring their latest album Born on Flag Day to Whelan’s, Sunday, Dec 6th.

Deer Tick began in December 2004 in the bedroom of Providence native, John McCauley. With a tape recorder and a nylon string guitar, he did what most anybody would do; he made tapes for his friends.

With McCauley, then eighteen years old, got his hands on Hank Williams Sr’s ‘Gold’ collection and locked himself in his room listening to it on repeat until he finished his bottle of brandy, it all became fairly obvious to him – he was on his first tour just a few months later.

After years of being on the road, fully developing his distinct howl of a voice, and honing his guitar skills, McCauley had earned himself a following of devoted fans and supporters. Throughout all of this touring and selling his songs on CD-R, it became apparent that putting out a real album was the next step.

McCauley recorded Deer Tick’s debut War Elephant at age nineteen, performing every instrument on the album. War Elephant was originally released in Sep 2007 (reissued in 2008 by Partisan Records) to much critical acclaim from The New York Times, Spin, Brooklyn Vegan etc.

In April 2007, weeks before a national tour, McCauley turned to Dennis Ryan, a drummer who had just decided to quit college. Later bass player Chris Ryan joined, followed by guitarist Andrew Tobiassen.

Born on Flag Day is Deer Tick’s highly anticipated second full-length album and reflects a natural evolution from a singular vision of one song-writer to something much greater.

Born on Flag Day is out now on Partisan Records.


‘Megafaun (doesn’t) just catalog American musical languages, they breed them. Who else could pull off a song that sounds like the buxom man-folk of Crosby, Stills and Nash, but moves with the finesse of Reichian process music?’ – Pitchfork

“Megafaun pickles rickety back-porch folk reconstructions in a brine of chaotic field recordings and organic, free-form atmospheres…so ingeniously balanced that it stands a chance of satisfying both folk and experimental music fans.” – Independent Weekly

‘This North Carolina trio writes loping, harmony-laden folk-rock, with just the right level of weirdo mysticism. Megafaun’s roots are familiar; the bloom is uniquely theirs.” – Rolling Stone

Based in Durham, North Carolina, Megafaun was built by brothers Brad and Phil Cook and fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin, native Joe Westerlund. The trio, plus longtime friend Justin Vernon (a.k.a. Bon Iver), made the cross country move together from WI to NC as the band DeYarmond Edison, ultimately splitting in 2006. Megafaun was born from those ashes and proceeded to record the remarkable album Bury the Square in 2007. They found a home on the road, collaborating with friends (they also joined Akron/Family and Dreyblatt as backing band) and developing an American musical language that is exquisitely translated by this year’s Gather, Form & Fly.