For years, Deer Tick were known as one of the hardest-partying bands currently working, but they’ve used their newest album to showcase a bit of singer John McAuley’s personal side. In a year that saw McAuley’s engagement fall apart and his father go to prison, he responded with what could be Deer Tick’s most powerful album. It’s changed their character as a band, but while we certainly miss the heady, raucous early days of the band, this new iteration of Deer Tick is just as welcome. The band will be heading to Orange County next, where they’re set to play at The Observatory. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Observatory website.