The debut release on jana hunter's new feow! label comes from deer tick, the songwriting project or band (depending on how you look at it) of 21 year-old john mccauley-a singer / songwriter based out of providence, rhode island. entitled 'war elephant', deer tick's first official release, represents the fearlessness of a young man who will play a set at a new england sports bar while a red sox championship game is on the tube. but more than that, the album celebrates the art of songwriting. its one big party for the songs that have advanced mccauley in his career and made him a unique figure on the face of music for the past two years. mccauley takes his cues from legendary songwriters like townes van zant, neil young and ritchie valens, and big stage personalities like sammy davis jr., and tony bennett. the deer tick experience is something that can be fun and heart-wrenching at the same time, rife with humour, but also a genuine and serious message that is delivered sincerely to the listener.