There’s not enough bands going for it anymore it seems. Nowadays, everyone wants to get pigeonholed, placed into a box and become a genre they may not represent. Even when you write about music, or tell someone about music, you’re expected to slap a genre on the artist. That’s why we love Deer Tick, because they just want to do what Deer Tick does, release great music. On their latest release Mayonnaise, it’s essentially outtakes, alternate versions, covers and even some new songs; but it doesn’t fit into a box unless great is a box you can check.
The way there’s two guitars, maybe last displayed this way by the Pixies on “Bluesboy” is a pretty great way to introduce this album. The song can’t get labelled, it has this beautiful meandering sway mixed with touches of rock growl. Is it indie rock, is it garage rock, does any of that matter? No, good is good and this song is actually great. The same can be said of “White City” with it’s upticked pacing and almost punk structure.
But the magic of this release is on the softer side of what these guys do. A song like the 7″ version of “Doomed From the Start” offer a different side of the original version, while holding the beauty from how it was first heard. “Old Lady” has that piano bar, playing for free drinks feel from the band’s earlier years, while “Strange, Awful Feeling” touches those folkier notes that fell all over Deer Tick Vol. 1. There’s a lot to love here, while giving any fan of well crafted music more vinyl to cut into, all that can’t fall into a category other than just great music.
You can stream Mayonnaise on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in digital shops or directly from Partisan Records in multiple bundles and formats. Deer Tick is on the road beginning April 25 in Portland, ME at Port City Music Hall until July 24 in Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band’s complete tour can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Scott Alario.