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Wye Oak's Shriek is out today!

Wye Oak's Shriek is out today!

Wye Oak's fourth LP Shriek is available now on CD, LP and with t-shirt bundle in the Merge store, iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Spotify, or at your favorite local independant record store.

“[Shriek] is by turns dream, expansive and, ultimately, triumphant.” —Rolling Stone

"Shriek is synthpop haze with serious percussive backbone, the thunderous clatter of Stack’s drumming often stepping up to make the noise that Wasner’s guitar isn’t." —The AV Club

“The tautness of Wasner’s writing had little to do with her instrument of choice and everything with the woman behind the strings: This is nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat.” —Pitchfork

“Brainy, buzzy…high minded grooves that benefit from Wasner’s heavenly vocals.” —SPIN

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's national tour begins on Friday, dates below. With the assistance of Air Traffic Control, $2 of every ticket sold on the US dates will go to a local charity of the band’s choice in each town they visit. Full tour dates below. 

Wye Oak on tour:
May 02 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 03 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
May 05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 06 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 09 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
May 28 Vienna, AT – Chelsea
May 29 Prague, CZ – Meet Factory
May 31 Mannheim, DE – Maifeld Derby Festival
Jun 02 Cologne, DE – Studio 672
Jun 03 Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
Jun 04 Berlin, DE – Lido
Jun 05 Munich, DE – Strom
Jun 07 Kleinreifling, AT – Sweewiesen Festival
Jun 09 Paris, FR – Le Point Ephemere
Jun 10 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Jun 11 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
Jun 12 Leeds, UK – The Brudenell Social Club
Jun 13 Glasgow, SCT – King Tuts
Jun 14 Dublin, IE – The Sugar Club
Jun 15 Belfast, UK – McHughs Basement
Jul 05 Dallas, TX – Trees
Jul 06 Austin, TX – The Parish
Jul 08 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jul 14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 15 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Jul 16 Vancouver, BC – Venue
Jul 18 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Jul 19 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
Jul 21 Columbia, MO – Mojo's
Jul 22 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar