Nashville, Tenn. • Singer John McCauley of the rock band Deer Tick figured out how to turn his pain into something positive.
McCauley used the Rhode Island-based band's latest album, "Negativity," to unleash some of the frustrations and struggles he has had over the past couple of years into a polished and refined sound that mixes country, folk and rock.
His father was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud and McCauley was struggling with substance abuse. The album includes several references to McCauley's experiences, as painful as they were.
"People take comfort in knowing either A, somebody is going through something similar to what they went through, or B, somebody's got it worse off than they do," McCauley said during a recent interview. "I am guilty of both of those things when I listen to music."