I've heard numerous rumblings about the upcoming Deer Tick record being one of the best of the year, so I had to check them out for myself.
"Deer Tick is a mostly mellow experience -- loud, raspy, almost crooner-like vocals, intermediate-style fingerpicking, bad jokes, hopefully making you feel warm and special...when the band is present it's more like John and the boys (or girls) wish they were Creedence or something. Deer Tick is an unsigned and hard working little thing!! Any consideration for your McDonalds or your Chevy commercial would be appreciated."
--Deer Tick on Deer Tick
The fingerpicking and raspy crooner-style vocals are in full-effect on this song, which is part of the reason I found it so endearing. Frontman John McCauley's vocals are heartfelt and sweet without being overly sappy; the subject matter is sad and poignant, but never threatens to veer into the melodramatic. The best compliment I can give Deer Tick is that I found myself genuinely affected by their songs (especially this one), and their LP has moved to near the top of the list of my most-anticipated releases of the fall:
Deer Tick Diamond Rings 2006
Download a few more songs at Deer Tick's myspace page