Earlier this week Deer Tick's John McCauley and Ian O'Neil's benevolently swung by Baeble HQ
, previewing a trio of acoustic renditions from their forthcoming album, Negativity
. As the name suggests, it's an album that tucks some serious and very personal subject matter away underneath a lively exterior...an aspect that's front and center on the hopelessly titled, "The Dream's In The Ditch". Have a listen.
The song is Ian's baby, packing a poppy pounce, some ivory tickling, and even specs of glockenspiel. But it's "totally depressing if you read it as poetry", admits O'Neil, a style he picked up from the late great country singer, Roger Miller (of "King Of The Road" fame). "Half of his lyrics are about his marriage falling apart and his speed addiction. But it's Roger Miller and he's having such a great time". Digging into the tune, things don't seem as bad here...just an ode to the frustrating and sometimes disheartening life as a touring musician. Come Sept 24th, when Negativity
receives its triumphant release, we're hoping the guys won't have such worries to write about anymore.