Deer Tick has one hell of a loyal fanbase, but the band certainly isn’t resting on its laurels in anticipation of the release of Negativity, their fifth full length. Between debuting the album in its entirety at a rowdy Newport Folk Fest afterparty and even covering Nirvana’s beloved In Utero for a recent Deervana show, Deer Tick has certainly kept busy.
Now, in anticipation of Negativity’s release day tomorrow, stream a new track titled “Big House.” The track itself has been a long time coming.
“I started writing this years ago, before War Elephant, actually,” said John McCauley. “I tried unsuccessfully to finish it for Divine Providence.”
The song, an acoustic-led number that closes out Negativity, touches on drug addiction and relapse.
“I wrote it about a heroin addict friend of mine,” said McCauley. “He’s always relapsing and going back to rehab. It’s a terrible cycle. I have a hard time talking to him nowadays, so I try not to.”
Listen to “Big House” in the player below. Negativity is set for release on Sept. 24 va Partisan Records, and is currently available for pre-order via iTunes.