A band named after a critter that is the main cause for Lyme Disease in North America should be approached with caution. Comprised of John McCauley (guitar/vocals), Ian O’Neil (guitar/vocals), Chris Ryan (bass, vocals), Rob Crowell (keys/saxophone/vocals) and Dennis Ryan (drums/vocals), Deer Tick wants nothing more than to break free of musical boundaries. Though described by many as a folk and country group, the band’s latest release, Divine Providence (2011), proves otherwise by delivering an in-your-face rock record with distorted guitars and harsh vocals that is comparable to grunge. In fact, Deer Tick is also known to perform as their alter-ego Deervana, a Nirvana tribute group. So, come and see these guys perform some raw, loud and heartfelt music and find out if you are able to handle the after effects of a tick bite.
Deer Tick, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $15-$20, Pearl Street Nightclub Ballroom, 10 Pearl St. Northampton, (413) 584-7771, iheg.com.