Deer Tick, Special guest Shiloh - Standing Room Ticket - 5/7
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
About Deer Tick
From the band that’s been both accurately and inaccurately labeled just about everything this side of Top 40 comes a true-to-form rock-n-roll record. Scratch that, true-to-form is not Deer Tick‘s style. Let’s start over…
Naturally, after so many years of critics praising [and making fun of] them for their “folk” and “country” sounds and hardly ever mentioning the fact that they’ve also recorded virtually dozens of other kinds of music, the band wanted to make a record that was truer to their live set (which has gained some notoriety): raw, loud, heartfelt, and completely uninterested in whatever the hell the rest of the music industry is up to.
To produce Divine Providence, the band recruited the team of Adam Landry and Justin Collins, who produced McCauley’s side-project Middle Brother‘s debut album. The results are unlike anything you’ve heard on a Deer Tick album, but Deer Tick achieves something that is a lot more accurate to their live sound. Distorted guitars are aplenty, guitarist Ian O’Neil and drummer Dennis Ryan take lead vocal duties for the first time on record. Man, you can practically smell the sweat and the beer! Shit, you may even hear a guitar or two break somewhere in there! It’s got a little Exile, it’s got a little In Utero, it’s got a little Nilsson Schmilsson, but it’s 100% Deer-Fucking-Tick in their purest, and most carefree form… perhaps that’s because this is the first record they’ve recorded in their home state of Rhode Island… GAH!!! No need to over-think this shit!!! Moving on…
The songs are there. The delivery is in your face. There’s no studio magic. There’s no hiding the fact that Deer Tick is just five regular dudes. This record may rattle your thoughts, and it may make you think differently about Deer Tick, but at least they didn’t make the same album four times in a row, right?
Born in basements, bedrooms and closets across Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Shiloh is the quintessential Midwestern rock band. Taking cues from Wilco, early Weezer and the Replacements, Shiloh blends a 60’s pop sensibility with a 90’s nonchalance reminiscent of the D.I.Y. greats of the era including Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and Pavement. Unsatisfied with being described as folk, punk, pop or grunge (though they weave in and out of all these styles with ease) the band describes itself as “Scum Pop.”
The band is comprised of singer-songwriters Alex Reindl and Ryan Ensley on guitar and vocals with Calvin Schaller and Tommy Noir playing drums and bass in the rhythm section, respectively. Never a band to limit itself musically, Shiloh has made use of the fiddle, cello, melodica, piano, organ and banjo on their records, to name but a few of the sounds these musicians make.
Shiloh has been heavily active in the underground Chicago music scene since March of 2011, when they released a demo and began playing basement shows in Rogers Park and Bridgeport. They released their first full length in December of 2011 entitled All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers by themselves and began promoting it by playing shows at well known Chicago venues such as the Double Door, Bottom Lounge, Lincoln Hall and the Subterranean.
Since then Shiloh has gained an underground following through intense and personal house shows, two D.I.Y. Midwestern tours, an intense work ethic and radio play on college radio stations across the city. They have recently finished their second full length entitled Mrs. The record was funded through a Kickstarter and was recorded with Rick Riggs at Handwritten Recording in Chicago.
Shiloh writes songs about living and plays them like they might die tomorrow. Their live set is exuberant and intense, and always meant to be experienced in the moment; however the songs will stick around in your head long after the amplifiers have cooled down.