I would say that Deer Park have released my album of the year so far. The problem is that it’s not really been released. Someone should rectify this. In the meantime, if you like the sound of a cross between Richmond Fontaine’s alt.country lyricism and Two Gallants clattering rocking tunes then get the hell down to this.
Blending the ramshackle confessionals of Okkervil River and Bright Eyes, the energy and infectious melodies of The Hold Steady, the noisy indie rock punk clatter of The Thermals and the downtrodden, steel guitar laced americana of Richmond Fontaine, Deer Park are one of our favourite finds of 2010.
From Dublin via London, and with members spanning the UK, the band are managed by Gilles Pugatch in New York who also manages Chris Mills and recent Bella Union signings Mountain Man. Their debut album was mastered by Billy Stull (Okkervil River, Midlake, Centro-matic) and features members of The Oxygen Ponies and Woodpigeon (End Of The Road Records). The beautifully packaged artwork was done by Sub Pop’s Jesse Le Doux (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, The Shins, Elliott Smith etc).
Deer Park have recently played with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Acorn and Paul Simon’s son Harper Simon, which amply demonstrates their wide appeal.
Fans of The Mountain Goats, The National, The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Guided By Voices, Neutral Milk Hotel or anyone we’ve already mentioned need to come join the party.
“This is ramshackle, folky rock…an enjoyable ride – as rough round the edges and tumultuous as life itself” – The Line Of Best Fit
Support comes from Smokestacks, Burning Branches and Ffred Jones