Ian Patrick O’Neil of Deer Tick Names His Fave Covers To Play Live


Depending on your musical tastes, Deer Tick is either a blood-sucking survivor or a four-piece band that’s been kicking around since 2004 and while sometimes classified as alt-country, brings plenty of punk and ragged rock to the party anytime they hit the stage. Currently touring behind a pair of simultaneously released albums—the acoustic Deer Tick, Vol. 1 and plugged-in Deer Tick, Vol. 2—the band is known for trotting out unexpected and oftentimes, clever cover songs.

Vocalist/guitarist Ian O’Neil shares some of his favorite songs he’s been known to interpret when it’s his turn at the mic.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In the Dark” from 1984’s Born In The U.S.A.

“The wonderful thing about ‘Dancing in the Dark’ is that it has really potent lyrics. I’m just really into simplified, excellent lyrics that have more to offer than you realize and are going to deliver with a real sense of purpose.”

Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad” from 1990’s Full Moon Fever


“I think Tom Petty was really good at being less self-indulgent and more concise and encompassing of the world he lived in. I think he was really good at that.”

Chuck Berry’s 1955 single “Maybellene”

“We used to cover that very frequently and that’s just a lot of fun to play. He was incredibly lyrically in tune with his environment. These are incredibly specific lyrics and he was such a great writer. He was one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”

Deer Tick will be appearing on Dec. 2 at Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St., Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel or call 888-929-7849.

Click here to read LIW’s full interview with Ian Patrick O’Neil of Deer Tick.

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In addition to being editor of Garden City Life and Syosset-Jericho Tribune, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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