Longtime fans of one another’s music, The Hold Steady and Deer Tick will hit the road this month for a joint U.S. tour. But before then, they’ve teamed up in the studio to collaborate on a pair of covers.
Both rock acts dig deep into each other’s respective catalogs, with The Hold Steady tackling “Easy” from Deer Tick’s 2009 album Born on Flag Day, and Deer Tick putting their own spin on “Constructive Summer”, off The Hold Steady’s 2008 LP, Stay Positive. Listen to both covers below (via A.V. Club).
“I think that ‘Easy’ was the first Deer Tick song I ever heard and I’ve always thought it had a really cool vibe”, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn told A.V. Club. “It gives me the chills when John [McCauley] does that line about the devil in his eyes. The song is classic Deer Tick, it’s rock and roll that’s passionate and knowing.”
Meanwhile, McCauley noted, “Craig Finn can bring you right back to the time in your life when partying went hand in hand with ambition. ‘Constructive Summer’ reminds me how rock and roll’s simplicity gives power to heart instead intellectualism.”
If this is a preview of what’s to come on their upcoming trek, ticket-holders should be pretty darn excited. Check out all their tour dates below.
The Hold Steady and Deer Tick 2014 Tour Dates:
04/17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/18 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
04/21 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
04/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
04/23 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
04/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
04/26 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
04/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
04/29 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/30 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater