Deertick/Born On Flag Day

Deertick are an American Rock Band formed in 2004. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, the band delivers a sound consisting of Folk, Blues and Alt- Country with a nice touch of Grunge. Released in June 2009, Born On Flag Day is the bands second release.

Easy—-Beginning with a somewhat sonic burst, the bass delivery of the band is awesome. The strains of the bass guitar give the song a nice alternative feel that brushes aside all that I have read about the band. The vocal enters the fray with a rough and abrasive delivery that grows on you as the song progresses. The musical delivery really comes alive and produces a wall of sound that sucks you in. This is a wonderful and undiscovered band…check them out.

Little White Lies—-Taking on a much more breezy and back lot Country feel, the voice is incredible…like tires on gravel…the emotion is intense. The feel of the song musically is much more breezy, featuring nice steel guitars and a folksy acoustic in the backdrop. This is wonderfully eclectic…the sound is as good as Wilco, the content better than any Country artist today. A true slice of Americana.

Smith Hill—-With a very quiet acoustic delivery at the onset, the voice has three times the intensity of Springsteen with a nice dose of Creedence thrown in. As the song develops, the swells of the music threaten to overtake the song,,almost overwhelming the gruff and odd vocal. The song drips with emotion and rawness. This is wonderful!

Song About A Man—-The song delivers an almost poppy country feel at the onset…the voice seems to be recorded in a tunnel…giving the track a real and raw emotion. The production of the song fits the lyrical content to a perfect tee. This is truly a un appreciated release…I really look forward to the wonderful future of this band. When the harmonica kicks in, it is better and more chilling than anything Springsteen released on Nebraska. WOW!!!

Houston, Tx.—-Steeping in true Alt-Country feeling, the song takes on a nice rhythmic sound that is familiar to even the casual country listener. The vocal is what sets the song apart from the thousands of Country songs released every year. The voice is so gruff but full of emotion, you can’t help but believe every word. The sentiments are somewhat predictable, but the song shines with a nice silvery feel that makes it a champion. This is really, really great!!!

Straight Into A Storm—-With a more Blues inspired delivery, the song is much more raucous and rowdy. The guitars are in full swing and the drum track s recorded at a great pace…the voice is such a contradiction to the music and that alone makes this band unique, You never expect the voice that comes from this guy to be laid to the sounds of the band…it is almost genius…a new favorite band of mine…better late than never!!!

Friday XIII—-This particular song seemed to hit an instant chord with me…it is hard to find proper words to tell you how exactly really great this song is. The voice is joined by a really country sounding female vocal that combines to make the song a grand excursion into the realm of Alternative country that has not been reached by many bands. The steel guitar delivers a classic country twang that will not leave your mind…the rhythmic backdrop of the song forces it to move at a nice pace…this is fantastic…beyond words…masterful!!!

The Ghost—-Again, we are treated to some pretty great harmonica playing that ushers in a vocal that sounds rough and hung over! Freakin’ Genius. The pace of the song is a typical acceptable Country stroll that allows you to relax…the voice is more gruff and worn than David Allen Coe….This is a brilliant release!!!!

Hell On Earth—-Somewhat predictable and mundane, the song is still a listenable track that moves along with a nice guitar delivery that manages to keep it fresh. The voice is a tad bit clearer and less muddled…the steel guitar takes on a more mainstream sound although the country overtones are still present. The lyrical content is a saviour for the song…making you actually envision the words in your mind’s eye. Not bad.

Stay—-From the onset, the song is full of mid 70’s Country twang that takes you back to the days of Owens and Jones. The voice enters the fray and cracks all of the images wide open. The rough delivery is a nice sandpaper effect that allows you to really dig into the lyric and feel the angst and distaste that modern day music is full of. A brilliant end to a fantastic release…I anxiously await the next chapter….

**** out of 5


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