On April 29, Wye Oak return with their fourth full-length studio album Shriek. Yesterday, NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast unveiled the first track “The Tower”. Listen to “The Tower” today at the top of each hour on the All Songs Live Stream and on demand via the band’s YouTube channel.
Following extensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 release Civilian, Wye Oak members Jenn and Andy found themselves apart for the first time. Andy had recently moved to the west coast, leaving their hometown of Baltimore. Simultaneously but separately, the two began exploring new ways of writing. Jenn, having picked up the bass did not begin with her typical guitar and likewise Andy began to explore different ways of layering keyboards. The freedom of these new methods allowed for a new found emotional immediacy and in spite of, or perhaps because of the distance, Wye Oak have recorded their most personal album yet.
Shriek was a co-production between Wye Oak and Nicolas Vernhes of Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Vernhes also engineered and mixed the album. His inventive production work complimented the band’s new direction, helping them to create their immensely layered and emotive new sound.
Wye Oak will be on tour throughout the spring beginning March 3rd and including stops at both Coachella and SXSW. With the assistance of Air Traffic Control, $2 of every ticket sold on this tour will go to a local charity of the band’s choice in each town they visit. Full tour dates below.
Shriek will be released on CD, digital and 150 gram vinyl with the first 1000 copies pressed on orange vinyl. The album is available for pre-order now at iTunes with an instant download of the first single “The Tower”. Also, an exclusively designed t-shirt will be bundled with the album for those that pre-order the record in the Merge store.
Wye Oak on tour:
Mar 3 Charlottesville, VA — The Southern
Mar 4 Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
Mar 5 Saxapahaw, NC — Haw River Ballroom
Mar 6 Savannah, GA — Savannah Stopover
Mar 7 Chattanooga, TN — JJ’s Bohemia
Mar 8 Oxford, MS — Proud Larry’s
Mar 9 Baton Rouge, LA — Spanish Moon
Mar 12-16 Austin, TX — SXSW Music Festival
Mar 20 London, UK — Lexington SOLD OUT
Mar 21 Brussels, BE — Botanique
Mar 23 Amsterdam, NL — MC Theater
Mar 25 Berlin, DE — Privatclub
Mar 28 Zurich, CH — M4M Music Festival
Mar 29 Istanbul, TR — Salon İKSV
Apr 11 Indio, CA — Coachella SOLD OUT
Apr 18 Indio, CA — Coachella SOLD OUT
May 2 Pittsburgh, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 3 Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club
May 5 Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
May 6 Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
May 7 New York, NY — Webster Hall
May 9 Boston, MA — Paradise
May 10 Montreal, QC — Il Motore
May 11 Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern
May 13 Chicago, IL — Metro
May 14 Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall
May 15 Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line Music Café
May 16 Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
May 17 Lawrence, KS — The Granada
May 18 St. Louis, MO — Old Rock House
May 20 Nashville, TN — Mercy Lounge
May 21 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West