Providence country-rockers Deer Tick have only been a band for a few years, but it’s already pretty obvious they’re going to do things the ugly way—from lead singer Joseph McCauley’s scratchy, nasally voice to the member’s haven’t-bathed-in-three-days general appearance, to the fact the band named itself after a pesky Lyme Disease-carrying parasite. Deer Tick’s probably the last indie-rock act you’d expect to go metrosexual. The group’s latest record, “Born on Flag Day,” exemplifies that mindset, consisting of several grimy country-blues tracks. Sure, the songwriting is fairly derivative of the treble- and twang-heavy bar-rockers that came before them, but “Flag Day” is still worth a spin or two, if only to indulge in the unsophisticated, simple rock aesthetic that Deer Tick unabashedly believes in: tinny guitars, steady drums, songs about Texas, etc. Your clothes could accumulate dust just listening to these songs. (Andy Seifert)
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