Deer Tick at the Bowery
I’ve got to say this was the perfect prelude to another New York Valentine’s day. By that I mean, happiness is a boy who sings about heartbreak and sweet sweet love in the middle of an urban jungle of delights that is this city. That said, I will try my hardest not to be a cynic on this wonderful/depressing day- but I’m not making any promises.
Brooklyn’s The Wait opened the night with a Creedence Clearwater meets The Ramones ditty. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- I’m loving the whole long haired 70s thing going on with the boys these days. Pure yummy. I got a chance to talk to singer/guitarist Joseph after the show. Turns out he’s my regular bartender at Clem’s who I couldn’t recognize while holding a guitar. So stop in and have a cocktail, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a serenade.
Next was a band from Boston. I, well, I was busy taking whiskey shots which I swore off a few weeks ago- so yeah, they were from Boston.
And the whiskey, just the better to hear you with Mr. Tick. Setting the mood for the lonely with favorites like ‘Little White Lies’, the spirit was lifted when John J. McCauley exclaimed to the crowd that if you came with someone special it was time to sneak your hand in their back pocket for ‘Spend the Night’. Highlight of the night was definitely the crowd sing-a-long of ‘Ashamed’, with a somber closing encore of ‘Christ Jesus’ coming in a close second. You said it Chris Pollack, ‘it was all a dream’.
Now, I’m off to enjoy my Ballantines…
by Nicole Wasilewicz