john mccauley recorded deer tick's debut 'war elephant' at age 19, performing every instrument on the album. 'war elephant' was originally released in september of 2007 to much critical acclaim from the new york times, brooklyn vegan, spin, and many others. much touring followed. 'born on flag day' is deer tick's highly anticipated second full-length album and follow-up to the band's 2007 internationally acclaimed debut, 'war elephant' (reissued in 2008 by partisan records). this release follows two years of extensive touring in sold out clubs across the country and abroad. unlike 'war elephant', this album features the three new members of deer tick that principal songwriter john j mccauley iii recruited to become the band's current incarnation - andy tobiassen, dennis ryan and chris ryan. 'born on flag day' reflects a natural evolution from a singular vision of one songwriter to something much greater.