Call it the rock equivalent of cramming for final exams. When most people were leaving their offices for holiday vacations last Friday afternoon, Deer Tick was holed up in a Providence, R.I. practice space, perfecting 57 covers for a string of New Year’s shows at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl.
After hours of rehearsal, singer John McCauley had lost his voice—so EW turned to guitarist Ian Patrick O’Neil for intel about the shows, which will feature covers of entire albums by the Beatles (Meet the Beatles), Lou Reed (Transformer), Elvis Costello (My Aim Is True), Devo (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!), and NRBQ (Tiddlywinks). Despite the long, holiday-sacrificing hours, O’Neil guaranteed the band’s urge “to keep up the celebratory spirit, have a good time, and entertain.” READ FULL STORY