About The Deer
Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer create psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. They are at once lyrical and experiential, magnetic and evocative. The group formed in 2012 while recording solo work by singer/songwriter Grace Park (The Blue Hit), and soon developed into a collaboratively-composed project. Park’s voice and presence are captivating, upright bassist Jesse Dalton (MilkDrive) has a songwriting mouth of a saint and a devil, lead guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Richard Linklater film composer) expertly captains sound production, and drummer Alan Eckert sings with soulful rhythm and finesse. Together, The Deer have created a dynamic collection of songs ranging between the blissful and euphoric to the dark and the dangerous. They’ve played Austin’s historical Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as festivals like SXSW, Art Outside, and Utopiafest. Members have shared the stage with The Head & The Heart, The Lumineers, Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, and Dana Falconberry. With rotating guest multi-instrumentalists such as Roger Sellers (Bayonne), Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band) and Dennis Ludiker (Asleep at the Wheel), they move fluidly between genres and activate the imagination. May 14 2016, The Deer will release their upcoming third album, titled Tempest & Rapture.