And I’m back. This past week, on a delightful Wednesday evening, a coworker and I ventured up north to the far reaches of Fort Wayne to catch a bit of music. Fortunately for me my friend is an avid listener of internet radio and he had stumbled upon this random show featuring Deer Tick at a small little venue named The Brass Rail. In the past few years The Brass Rail has undergone a bit of a management change and while they’re maintaining all their cred as a local watering hole during the early evening they’re looking to up the ante at night and become a premier rock back serving the greater Fort Wayne area.
On this night the cover was three dollars, the beers were a dollar and a half each, and the music was more than worth the long trek back and forth on the frozen evening. Deer Tick lived up to their billing as they played through a set of a southern infused rock with a cover of Bruce Springsteen, another of Sean Kingston, and quite possibly the best live version of La Bamba I have ever heard mixed in just for fun. And the fact that they mananged to cram all of this fun onto a tiny little stage in the corner of The Brass Rail just added to the night.
These two songs were both quite brilliant in a live setting, easily surpassing these studio recordings which appear on 2007’s War Elephant (amazon) (itunes). Might I add that the cover shot for this album is quite possibly the best cover shot I’ve ever seen for an album. The playful nature of Deer Tick that presents itself very well in a live setting and I strongly encourage anyone with a chance to catch them live to get out and see a set. It’ll be a fun evening.