Deer TickOne of my happiest musical discoveries of the past year has been Deer Tick, a band originally out of Providence, Rhode Island.

The band is sui generis — no description quite works. There’s a definite tinge of backwoods Americana, but also some raggedy low-fi freak folk, a little old-fashioned ’50s rock-and-roll, doo-wop, blues … it shifts from song to song, held together by the distinctive, whiny tenor of John Joseph McCauley III.

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Originally McCauley was the band. He recorded Deer Tick’s debut War Elephant by himself, singing and playing every instrument. (At the age of 19! Though he sounds like a grizzled veteran.)

Since then he’s been on the road and his touring band has evolved into a more coherent four-piece. Their eagerly awaited follow-up, Born on Flag Day, will be released on Thursday. (The same day I’m seeing them play in Seattle!) This song, “Easy,” is the first track on the album.

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