Deer Tick | Divine Providence Review

Deer Tick is an indie folk rock band that has been making a good impression for the past few years on a number of discerning ears. Shit that rhymed, which in fact is rather apropos when talking about a band that in the past have produced very impressive narrative driven songs. Their 2010 album Black Dirt Sessions contained a number of deep thought provoking tracks such as the wildly emotional Goodbye, Dear Friends and The Sad Sun. Tracks like these turned the atmosphere of this album into something powerful and memorable. For the new album Divine Providence, Deer Tick has gone in a different direction, perhaps as a result of having to perform the deep and soulful tracks of Black Dirt Sessions over and over again during their last tour. In the new album the tone is far lighter, this album demonstrates the more playful side of this band, leaning on a more bar background friendly subject matter; namely, drinking, playing and much too much of both.

Chevy Express is by far the best track off of this new album. It’s with tracks like Chevy Express that Deer Trick really hits their stride; the lyrics are thoughtful and paced in a style that just sucks you right into a world of their creation. Then there is the booze ballad, Let’s All Go to The Bar on this album. It is more of a fun track that embodies the spirit of a good night of heavy drinking out without any omissions or apologies. Divine Providence is a welcome lighter addition to the Deer Tick catalogue.    


Clem Snide | Taking A Look at Journey

The three piece based out of NY City has released yet another album for the forlorn heart. About a year ago Clem Snide released Meat of Life, an album which for all intents and purposes was a delightful smalts fest. The Meat of Life may just have the most sappy, heartfelt song made in the last ten years called Denver. Sweet Jesus that song is sappy but in the best possible way, when you can sing a song about how he knocked up an under aged girl and then confess this wildly horrible action to your long time love. What a song. Their latest album called is a tribute to the legendary band Journey but it bares all the marks of this band, it’s an extension of their creative force.

Not unlike the project created by Beck, to recreate some amazing albums from the past but with current artists, Clem Snide has taken on the lofty challenge of reimagining some of the most recognizable songs within our culture. This band’s rendition of Journey’s Any Way You Want It is the love song of the summer, if the summer wasn’t already over. It’s slowly paced and tightly executed and has a softness the original version just wasn’t intended to have.  If you are looking for some sentimental 80s throwback Journey goodness, then this album is for you.

Rodney Dangerfield would be proud.


Bombay Bicycle Club | A Review of A Different Kind Of Fix

A Different Kind Of FixBombay Bicycle Club is an English indie band that has released a new album called A Different Kind Of Fix. This latest album has a definite penchant for the dream pop vibe.  Some might think that the band has taken a new direction, stylistically, if they had only listened to their last album Flaws. You see 2010’s Flaws album was essentially an indie folk album laced with acoustic guitars. That is not the case, with the band’s first album there was more than enough electric guitar and catchy pop hooks. That being said, A Different Kind Of Fix is more of a return to form and it is quite impressive.

Like any good album A Different Kind Of Fix has some standout tracks. The first track off of this album How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep is a slow burning one that nicely reintroduces you to the band with this delicately driven song. The second track, Bad Timing, feels like a mixture between the Foals and Silversun Pickups. The last real standout is the track Beggars, it features some excellent pacing and percussion. The album as a whole is rather good, but the tracks mentioned above are the real highlight and make this album more than just another one of those indie albums that should have stayed an idea of a would be artist.