Checking In: The Deer’s Grace Rowland Postponed Her Wedding – And Not by Choice
"On March 20, Austin indie folk heroes the Deer wrote on Facebook, 'So our gigs are all blown to the winds, cancelled or postponed. I can't believe we would be in full-throttle SXSW right now.' The next entry pops up May 7: 'Tomorrow at 8pm: tune into our intimate acoustic live stream.' Stately, transportive vocal point Grace Rowland fills in some gaps."
- Raoul Hernandez
Do No Harm (LP) The Deer
"Do No Harm feels like a game-changer for Austin, TX’s The Deer. Vocalist Grace Rowland’s lilting, gorgeous voice seems to float above the band’s dreamy, lived in melange of country, folk, and rock. When you least expect them, the honeyed voice of the mandolin strikes up, fuzzed up electronics kick in, and swirling keys chime into the mix. It’s a hypnotic, heady brew, sure to appeal to fans of spaced out, wistful dream pop with a backwoods, down-home quality and a slight Southern Gothic edge."
Bandcamp Album of the Day
"...The Deer’s fourth album and debut for Keeled Scales, Do No Harm, feels like the bleeding edge of a breakthrough, a country-rock dream machine somewhere between a jolt and a drift. The best of these 10 songs drape tapestries that could have been lifted from Beach House’s practice space across songs that occupy a space adjacent to folky musicians like Hiss Golden Messenger."
- Grayson Haver Currin
Austin360 On The Record
"Following up 2016′s impressive 'Tempest & Rapture,' the Austin-via-San Marcos outfit further establishes itself as one of the city’s best bands in any genre with 10 songs that defy simple genre categorization. That’s very much to their credit. Singer Grace Rowland would be an immediately arresting presence in any ensemble, but this is very much a full-band collaboration, with Michael McLeod, Jesse Dalton, Alan Eckert and newest member Noah Jeffries all adding color..."
- Peter Blackstock
The Deer Call For Peace
"'The Deer singer Grace Rowland calls 'Swoon,' from the Austin, Texas quintet's upcoming fourth album Do No Harm, 'a conversation between peacemakers from all directions, from all sides.'
'I think everybody is trying to find their balance,' Rowland tells Billboard of the song, premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Oct. 22)."
- Gary Graff
THE DEER ANNOUNCE NEW LP ‘DO NO HARM
The Deer have formed a breed of folk entirely uninhibited, all in all its own, and absolutely captivating.
A Blend of Pop
"There is a sense of adventurousness across Do No Harm, one that convinces us that synth and fiddle can not only take up space together, but sound totally natural that way. The fearless dipping of toes into such a whirlpool of sounds results in something that ultimately feels new and fresh, pulsating with life and color."
- Maeri Ferguson
THE DEER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
"Drawing on family history (such as that of her paternal grandparents working for Bell Helicopter in Iran before the 1979 Revolution) as well as a plethora references (from 60s rock opera Hair to Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five), Do No Harm forms a considered and dedicated examination of conflict, as well as the common humanity which violence upends. If division is a product of distance and ignorance, then The Deer seek to close the gap, a peacemaking operation..."
- Jon Doyle
The Deer Sound Refreshed
"The track opens like it’s coming out the back of a truck rolling down the road. There’s free sense to how it plays out. The way the vocals dance off of the noodled guitar and hook filled stride makes for a magical sound. The backing vocals stay in the pocket, the drums stay snappy and the additional instrumentation creates a broad tone."
THE DEER - MOVE TO GIRLS
"'Move to Girls' is big, imposing and haunting, thanks to ample reverb and blooming engineering credited to the band bassist Jesse Dalton. Though you may be pulled out of the fog at certain points by Grace Rowland’s airy vocals and Noah Jefferies' staccato mandolin playing, nothing can really save you from slipping away into the beat and sway of the instrumental."
- Thomas Paparella
Heavy Rotation: September Songs
"The Deer's haunting and gorgeous style still holds onto the delicacy of Rowland's solo acoustic arrangements, but the eclectic talent of her bandmates is nothing to overlook when it comes to their moody and incapacitating sound. Toting some clean guitars and an upbeat indie-inspired groove, 'Confetti to the Hurricane' is one of a dozen new songs on The Deer's upcoming full-length, Do No Harm, out Nov. 1."
— Jack Anderson, KUTX
The Deer Share Latest Single
"Do No Harm gleams with the powerful cohesion known only of bands who’ve been together for years. Though genre-fluidity and sonic experimentation are at the core of The Deer’s work, their upcoming LP lays down distinction with a graceful thump — a beautiful, confident conclusion of audial explorations."
- Tommy Johnson
Black Fret announce grant recipients
"The 10 acts receiving $18,000 grants are: Jackie Venson, Warren Hood, Sarah Sharp, Carolyn Wonderland, Bright Light Social Hour, Whiskey Shivers, Eric Tessmer, the Deer, Mobley and Leopold & His Fiction. They were selected by Black Fret members, who pay $1,500 annual dues to attend private functions throughout the year along with the opportunity to nominate and vote on grant recipients."
BLACK FRET ANNOUNCES NOMINEES
On the heels of awarding a total $500,000 in grants in just three years, local nonprofit takes 2017 by storm with fantastic lineup of Austin musicians.
Austin Music Awards 2016-17
Folk: Hayes Carll
2. Love & Chaos
4. The Deer
5. Jaimee Harris
6. Folk Uke
7. Calliope Musicals
8. Sons of Santos
9. Wild Child
10. Shakey Graves
Austin Music Industry Awards in 2017
1) Hayes Carll, Lovers and Leavers
2) Reckless Kelly, Sunset Motel
3) The Deer, Tempest & Rapture
4) Charlie Faye & the Fayettes
5) Golden Dawn Arkestra, Stargazer
3 AUSTIN BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW
"The Deer call their music 'Transcendental TX Folk,' but the words 'ethereal,' 'poetic' and 'downright gorgeous' also come to mind. Fronted by Grace Park and Jesse Dalton, this is a band for sitting down and listening while harmonies wash over you."
- Lisa Wyatt Roe
Austin Music We Loved Most in 2016
The Deer – Do Return
“Do Return” showcases the band’s experimental and drowsy sound. It’s a perfect track for music fans looking to indulge themselves in dream-pop music.”
- Lauren Gribble, editor
Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
1) Paul Cauthen, My Gospel (Lightning Rod)
2) Shearwater, Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop)
3) Hayes Carll, Lovers and Leavers (Hwy 87)
4) Okkervil River, Away (ATO)
5) Sarah Jarosz, Undercurrent (Sugar Hill)
6) Croy & the Boys, Hey Come Back
7) Harvest Thieves, Rival
8) The Deer, Tempest & Rapture (Owl Bum)
9) Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow, From the Forest Came the Fire (Modern Outsider)
10) Will Courtney, Planning Escapes (Wren & Shark)
TOP 10 LOCAL ALBUMS
"The Deer, 'Tempest & Rapture.' Marrying melodic-pop instincts to inventive arrangements and rhythms, the eclectic outfit with San Marcos roots delivered 17 tracks that go down easy even when the music is complicated."
SITCH SESSIONS: THE DEER, 'WINTER TO
"There was nary a chill in the air at Old Settler's Music Festival in Austin, Texas, when the Deer took some time to sing "Winter to Pry" for us. Still, the song couched its prophesy of what was to come in a lovely bit of poetry: 'I’m the harvest moon on an Autumn night. I’m watching your shadow pass through my light,' Grace Park sings. 'I’ve been broken asunder, over the line, like the teeth of the harrow rusted in time.'"
Review: The Deer - Tempest & Rapture
"The quintet's crafty layering of Park's and bassist Jesse Dalton's pristine pipes into soaring vocal orchestrations repeats throughout the hourlong LP, striking Beach Boys-quality harmonies on 'Alchemical Happiness' and guitar-crunched 'Bad Translator.' When the band backs down on late-sequence standout 'Intonation,' the former Blue Hit singer's couplets carry the weight: 'I searched up for rain/ I prayed I was insane/ But the voice on my shoulder's an angel.'
- Kevin Curtin
Tour Worthy Album Review
"Tempest and Rapture is more than just a simple collection of songs. It’s a sonic journey that’ll require your full attention. Go ahead, light some incense and watch the sun set. The delicate balance between playful psychedelia and honeyed Americana shouldn’t be disrupted by text message alerts and Facebook notifications."
- Elisa Regulski
"The Deer has the profound ability to appeal to the senses. This Austin band, originally from San Marcos, released their third album, “Tempest & Rapture” in May 2016. In the double LP, we have plenty to absorb. We hear catchy and emotive melodies; we see a vast landscape and rolling hills; we feel the creek water at our feet; we smell the aftermath of a long rain; and taste the golden sweetness of life."