Mike McCurry and Rick Heins of our Fender marketing department caught Deer Tick’s show on Wednesday night at Phoenix’s intimate venue, Trunk Space.
Deer Tick mostly played new material off their forthcoming June album, The Black Dirt Sessions, but the indie country-rock outfit also paid homage to a few of their influences with covers of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” and Rolling Stones “Dead Flowers.” The crowd favorite proved to be “Dirty Dishes,” a staple of their 2007 debut album, War Elephant.
And as McCurry and Heins will attest, frontman John McCauley and company put on a down and dirty rock & roll show, highlighted by a few outrageous antics.
We were hoping to welcome the band by Fender Headquarters on Thursday, but the guys blew a tire and were in a hurry to get to California for their weekend performance at Coachella. So let’s wish them better traveling luck as they’ve got many more miles to cover coming up in the next few weeks. Tour dates available here.
Here’s some additional shots, also courtesy of Heins, from the Trunk Space outing.
Although we don’t have a shot of it, even keyboardist Dennis Ryan relied on Fender for the set with his Fender Bassman 70. To check out Deer Tick’s full list of gear, click here now.