Deer Tick’s upcoming fifth album, Negativity, takes as somber a tone as its title, as frontman John McCauley III created the record in a period of deep self-reflection. The singer and guitarist takes on lost love in “The Rock,” wailing over sorrowful piano chords and strangely cheerful horns.
“‘The Rock’ is a song about being in love with an artist and subsequently having your heart broken by that artist,’ McCauley tells Rolling Stone. “The silly little metaphors in the song are ‘the rock’ which is the power to destroy your relationship, and ‘the window’ which is the relationship. I like the idea of a breakup being represented by shattering glass.”
McCauley continues, “I wrote it when we got off the road with Two Gallants this past February. I wanted to write something where I could scream kind of like how Adam [Stephens] screams. That A note is pretty high for me, so it shreds my voice pretty good.”
Negativity is out September 24th.