John McCauley & Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick
John McCauley & Ian O’Neil
Saturday, January 22, 2011, 8:00PM
John McCauley and Ian O’Neil, both members ofDeer Tick, know how to play their songs live. Mixing up the musical genres, they favor country, punk, blues, folk, grunge and garage rock. Their cover versions and infleunces include, but are not limited to, The Replacements, Michael Hurley, John Prine, The Sex Pistols and Chuck Berry.
McCauley’s voice is a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris from the Jayhawks. He’s a crooner, sometimes he can yelp and shout. Either way, he’s a superb lead singer, backed by a talented recent guitarist recruit from New Jersey, O’Neil, from the punk band Titus Andronicus. McCauley takes his cues from legendary songwriters such as Townes Van Zant, Neil Young and Ritchie Valens, and big stage personalities like Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Bennett. Like Tony Bennett, McCauley loves the art of vocal projection and will often perform without the aid of microphones, but for his whole set. His influences are something that set his live shows apart from most other acts.
The Shivers formed in 1989 in Austin, TX by founding members Carey Kemper and Kelly Bell, and released two albums internationally on Restless Records (US) and Glitterhouse Records (Europe) in 1994 and 1996. Their first record, was released in 1994 to widespread indie acclaim both in the US and the UK, and their second record, The Buried Life was released in 1996, where it was lauded in the alternative country movement. Though originally from Austin, they were primarily based alternately out of Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.