Deer Tick’s new album is called Negativity.  The title purportedly pertains to the band’s new sound, which will be considerably darker than previous albums.  Judging by the new single, “The Dream’s In The Ditch,” that’s somewhat accurate.  It still sounds like Deer Tick, though.

Ian and John, two members representing the four-piece band, recently performed “The Dream’s In The Ditch” backstage at the Newport Folk Festival.  As Rhode Island natives, Deer Tick have been at the forefront of the annual folk festival.  Since it’s been held for over fifty years, though, I hesitate to call them the leaders of the event.  That designation probably belongs to someone like Bob Dylan or Joan Baez.  But they have ruled the roost as of late, performing sold-out after-parties and putting on raucous performances at the festival itself.

Their performance is stripped-down, consisting of only two acoustic guitars.  Not sure if it’ll be more fleshed-out on the actual album, but it sounds good here.  The two band member have their unique senses of humor intact despite all that negativity— Ian, for instance, introduces the song by saying “This song’s called ‘The Dream’s In The Ditch.'”

“Sure is,” John responds.  Then they start playing, and there’s not much negative to say about that.  Check it out below.

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