Deer Tick’s latest, Negativity, channels lead singer John McCauley’s apocalyptic 2012 into a reflective collection of remorseful hard-luck tunes that betray the type of suffering Jerry Lee Lewis was known for—dealing with a broken engagement and his father’s prison sentence, this is McCauley’s rock therapy. After passing through the crucible of disappointment, he seems to have shed the boozy persona of “Divine Providence,” adopting more of a crestfallen country ramble and twang, the tight horn parts notwithstanding. Yet despite morose titles like “Just Friends,” “The Dream’s in the Ditch,” and “Trash,” the album ultimately serves as a testament to perseverance.
Thu., Nov. 7, 6 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 30, 2013