REVIEW: Deer Tick
Deer Tick. Picture: Ryan Musiello

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Deer Tick; Two Gallants
Festival Gardens
REVIEW: Matthew Hogan

The indie rock goodwill in the Perth Cultural Centre precinct continued on Tuesday night as two country-tinged US bands took to the stage for the fifth show at Festival Gardens 2013.

San Francisco’s Two Gallants certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to being in a modern-day two-piece rock band. Like the Black Stripes and the White Keys of this world, they draw from American music of the pre-rock’n’roll era, and they manage to create a sound that’s bigger than the sum of its parts.

Frontman Adam Stephens’ voice is halfway between that of a warbling gremlin and Replacements leader Paul Westerberg.

Along with his uncanny ability to conjure all manner of tones from his instrument, he is perfectly complemented by drummer Tyson Vogel playing rather methodically and melodically.

Drawing quite a bit from their earlier albums, where they were very much folk rock, the highlights came from last year’s The Bloom and the Blight album with the bombastic My Love Won’t Wait getting many a head shaking in agreement.

Deer Tick are different entirely. Fronted by a man wearing a translucent cotton dress, the quintet are more about bringing the party.

The man in question, singer/guitarist John McCauley, hinted at his lifestyle by announcing: “It feels like I’m peeling a scab off my throat so forgive me if I sound ugly, but at least I look pretty,” before the call-and-response stomper The Bump.

All forms of bro-rock were on offer, from honky tonk blues right through to their Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band moment.

Deer Tick were a wild band to spend a Tuesday night with.

The West Australian

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