Attendees were very vocally appreciative of both openers David Willams, and Mark Sultan. David Williams was an unexpected but original breeze of vintage blues. He rocked a blue suit with chucks and a naked (no other instruments, no pedals, or synthesizers) acoustic guitar. His fingers were a blur as he moved them along the strings of the guitar with the ease of an expert. While Mark Sultan put in an equally good display of talent as he simultaneously played guitar, drums and sang.
By the time Deer Tick started to play the crowd was well lubricated. The steamy swamp-like atmosphere did little to dull the enthusiastic response of a sometimes frenzied crowd. Excited fans shoved their way to the front to dance, sing along and thrash around.
Songs from their most recent release, The Black Dirt Sessions were played the most. However, older fans were appeased as others were played off of the previous two releases. The raspy quality of lead singer, John McCauley’s voice combined with the unique use of the other instruments produced a very folk meets old school rock & roll sound.
It was good to see a slightly more esoteric crowd select a Deer Tick’s concert over the more mainstream Michaelson, who was playing just across town. Regardless of the nasty weather people still came in by the droves to witness the edgy folk band and they weren’t disappointed. Deer Tick delivered a dynamic and tireless performance that kept the crowd going throughout the incredibly long set. Salt Lake’s smaller venues continue to impress with their line up’s of semi obscure bands that perch on the brink of stardom.