Sep 292011

Rhode Island’s favorite indie-hipster-country-folk rockers Deer Tick make quite an impression in a live setting, following in the long tradition of light beer-soaked guitar riffs, loud drumming and rough, attitude-heavy vocals. In a recent session for LaundroMatinee they paid tribute to their roots-rock forefathers, the legendary ZZ Top. Taking on the song “Cheap Sunglasses,” a fitting choice considering frontman John J. McCauley’s taste in eyewear, they let their ’70s influences run wild.

Vocalist McCauley has a dominant presence on stage as he throws away any inhibitions and commits himself completely to every verse and chorus. The rest of the band feeds off this energy, and mixed with their confidence and instrumental talent they’re able to channel the maverick spirit of ZZ Top as well as their musical composition. Deer Tick turns the song into a short jam session in the middle, with McCauley taking a solo and then giving way to keyboard and saxophonist Rob Crowell, whose solo cements the track’s classic rock feel. Watch the video and download the song below. (via LaundroMatinee)

Deer Tick – Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top cover)


As an added bonus also check out a new cover of ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” by prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria, via

Coheed and Cambria – Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top cover)

Check out more from Deer Tick on their website.

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