10 Songs, 38 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Huge Deer Tick Fan


Deer Tick is my all time favorite band. That being sad I have listen to this album all day trying to like it and I can't. I like about two songs but that's it. Still can't wait to see them on tour in the fall!

Failing asleep


Hope you bring sleeping bags for everyone for yr next live show or just play all yr old hits? I love deer tick and am a fan for life....where's the grit and amazing lyrics with a little bit of rock and roll???

Cocktail Really Shines

Country Comfort

Overall, like a lot of Deer Tick fans, I've been left wanting a return to the sound they had pre-Negativity era. This isn't that, nor is Vol 2. But there's a couple standouts in both. "It's only love" is classic meloncholy John McCauley, and somewhat reminiscent of "Smith Hill" on the Born on Flag Day album. While Cocktail really shines as the quintessential drinking song we've come to expect from Deer Tick, if ever more adult sounding post Vanessa Carlton. With crooning I havent heard since "You Belong To Me", also on Born On Flag Day. It's the best between the the 2 Volumes and stands up I think to any of my all time favorite Deer Tick songs.

About Deer Tick

John McCauley, the songwriter behind the Deer Tick moniker, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where he began his career by teaching himself to play drums, guitar, piano, and pedal steel. McCauley started recording his own compositions and touring the area while still in high school, and he widened his circle after graduation by touring the entire country. Although he'd often perform solo, the young musician began piecing together a proper band, occasionally playing as a duo with drummer Dennis Ryan or with a small group. His music fit loosely into the alt-country category, but his vocals -- rough, raw, and ragged -- brought a wealth of rock and grunge influences to the sound.

Following the September 2007 release of his first album, War Elephant, McCauley's Deer Tick project began earning comparisons to Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, and Uncle Tupelo. Although originally released via FEOW! Records, War Elephant was reissued in late 2008 by Partisan Records. Deer Tick remained with that label during the course of two follow-up albums, 2009's Born on Flag Day and 2010's The Black Dirt Sessions. The band's fourth studio outing, Divine Providence, arrived the following year, and featured 12 rowdy and raucous originals drawing inspiration from the raw power of the Stones and the Stooges. 2013's dark-hued Negativity took a more streamlined approach with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) tightening up the band's occasionally ragged sound.

Though they occasionally toured, Deer Tick didn't record again for nearly four years. In September of 2017, the band released not one but two albums simultaneously -- titled Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Recorded at Memphis' famed Ardent Studios, the first disc focused on the band's softer folk-driven, Americana-tinged roots/rock style, while the second allowed Deer Tick to flex its punk-inspired garage rock muscle. ~ J. Poet

Providence, RI