It’s around 15 months since Deer Tick broke their four year silence and released two albums on the same day – “Deer Tick Vol 1” and “Deer Tick Vol 2”. The two albums were very different musically hence why two albums rather than one double album, but the idea of releasing both on the same day was certainly unusual.
Now they’re back with a new album – “Mayonnaise”. It’s another odd release – partly the left-overs from the last two albums (or “alternate versions” to use the correct terminology), plus a load of cover versions that the band played on their “Twice is nice” tour. The cover versions span a diverse range of artists – Velvet underground, Ben Vaughn, George Harrison and The Pogues.
It’s definitely a release that’s not got the feel of an album – this feels like releasing a bunch of songs that don’t really belong together, just as a way to give the fans something to listen to until they record a new album.
Some of the cover versions work better than others – I’m not a fan of their version of “Pale blue eyes”, but their cover of “White city” is great. To be fair trying to cover a song as well known as “Pale blue eyes” is always going to be a tough one that divides opinion as the original is so good and so well loved by fans.
“Memphis chair” is a very soft gentle instrumental track. I love it but it does feel a bit out of place here.
This latest release from Deer Tick has some great songs on it, but does feel like something intended to keep fans going until they write and record their next full-blown album.
“Mayonnaise” will be released on 1st February 2019
2. Limp right back (alternate version)
3. White City (Pogues cover)
4. Old lady
5. Run of the mill (George Harrison cover)
6. Strange awful feeling
7. End of the world (alternate version)
8. Hey yeah
9. Pale blue eyes (Velvet underground cover)
10. Memphis chair
11. Too sensitive for this world (Ben Vaughn cover)
12. Doomed from the start (alternate version)