It’s no wonder Rhode Island band Deer Tick begins their shows and their most recent album, Divine Providence, with “The Bump.” Both statement of purpose and fire to light under the asses of any would-be head nodders, the song lays it plain: “We’re full grown men / We act like kids / We’ll face the music / Next time we roll in.” Indeed, Deer Tick are responsible for some downright dirty business on stage and can incite slamming, stage diving madness not seen since the heyday of punk in the often country-themed bars they still get booked in. There’s always been a kind of disconnect here: on record, Deer Tick could be relatively sensitive and folksy, but live they’re more than a rollicking good time… they’re the first step to getting arrested! For Divine Providence, they’ve stripped away the layers and made a straight up rock record with the intent on capturing their live raw energy. They recently brought their blistering show at the Tractor Tavern, and fortunately for us, John McCauley and the guys stopped by the KEXP studio to play a set of songs from the new album. Check out the videos here:
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