Deer Tick's John McCauley on Hanging Out With Brian Williams While Hungover

Alt-country stumblers Deer Tick know how to keep up the pace. Songwriter John McCauley started the band in 2004. Since then, it's morphed from a solo project into a full-fledged rock 'n' roll machine, spitting cheap domestic beer and rangy Americana fury.

In October, they released Divine Providence, and before we knew it they'd already issued a follow-up, the Tim EP. It's been a busy couple of months for these laid-back Rhode Island boys.

We spoke to McCauley about his favorite country to perform in, his awkward experience with Brian Williams, the story behind Tim, spending Christmas in a Chinese restaurant, and more.

Deer Tick is scheduled to perform with Turbo Fruits on Thursday, May 3, at the Crescent Ballroom.

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