MP3: Wye Oak – “Warning” from If Children, due April 8 on Merge.
Nice noisy girl-vocals anglopop by way of Baltimore.
Wye Oak (formerly known as Monarch) are Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Jenn & Andy have been playing music together and apart in Baltimore, MD, and chose their name from the honorary state tree of Maryland.
If Children is the culmination of many months of recording, polishing and perfecting to achieve what Any Given Tuesday best described as, “. .. . mingling in a room full of shoegaze, alt-country, folk, and noise, shaking hands, kissing cheeks, and making friends with everyone.”
If Children is an exuberant debut – noisy and restrained in turn, Wye Oak describe their philosophy: “We’d like to think that if a song is good enough, it’ll stand on its own regardless of how much noise you pile on top. On the other hand, we do like noise.” Listen, and we think you will have to agree!
1/5/08 * Brooklyn, NY * Union Hall
1/8/08 * Chapel Hill, NC * Local 506
1/9/08 * Greenville, NC * The Spazzatorium Galleria
1/10/08 * Augusta, GA * Soul Bar
1/11/08 * Jacksonville, FL * Jack Rabbits
1/12/08 * Ybor City, FL * New World Brewery
1/13/08 * Gainesville, FL * 1982 Club
1/17/08 * Baltimore, MD * Talking Head Club
1/24/08 * Spokane, WA * Whitworth College
1/25/08 * Seattle, WA * Comet Tavern
1/27/08 * Portland, OR * Doug Fir Lounge