Wye Oak Releasing New Album Shriek April 29th

Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) will release their fourth full-length studio album April 29th on Merge Records. The album will be available for pre-order beginning today 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 directly from Merge Records.

Shriek will be released on CD, digital and 150 gram vinyl with the first 1000 copies pressed on orange vinyl. Yesterday, NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast unveiled the first track “The Tower”.

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 the 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. Other highlights include a sold out show at The Lexington in London, the M4M Music Festival in Zurich and Webster Hall in New York City on May 7th. ”

Over the past several years of performing and touring, we have had the opportunity to spend time in so many of America’s great cities,” says Wasner. Thanks to the fans’ continued support, the band are now in a position where they can share some of their good fortune with those working on behalf of the communities they visit. “We’re very excited to be working with Air Traffic Control in order to make this possible” Wasner said. With ATC’s assistance, $2 of every ticket sold on this tour will go to a local charity of the band’s choice. Full tour dates below.

Tour Dates

March 3          The Southern                         Charlottesville, VA
March 4          The Orange Peel                    Asheville, NC
March 5          Haw River Ballroom             Saxapahaw, NC
March 6          Savannah Stopover                Savannah, GA
March 7          JJ’s Bohemia                          Chattanooga, TN
March 8          Proud Larry’s                         Oxford, MS
March 9          Spanish Moon                        Baton Rouge, LA
March 20        Lexington                               London, United Kingdom- SOLD OUT
March 21        Botanique                               Brussels, Belgium
March 23        MC Theater                            Amsterdam, Netheralnds
March 25        Privatclub                               Berlin, Germany
March 28        M4M Music Festival              Zurich, Switzerland
March 29        IKSV                                      Istanbul, Turkey
April 11          Coachella                               Indio, CA- SOLD OUT
April 18          Coachella                               Indio, CA- SOLD OUT
May 2             Mr. Smalls Theatre                 Pittsburgh, PA
May 3             Chameleon Club                     Lancaster, PA
May 5             Union Transfer                       Philadelphia, PA
May 6             9:30 Club                               Washington DC
May 7             Webster Hall                          New York, NY
May 9             Paradise                                  Boston, MA
May 10           Il Motore                                Montreal, QC
May 11           Horseshoe Tavern                  Toronto, ON
May 13           Metro                                     Chicago, IL
May 14           Turner Hall                            Milwaukee, WI
May 15           Fine Line Music Café            Minneapolis, MN
May 16           The Waiting Room                Omaha, NE
May 17           The Granada                          Lawrence, KS
May 18           Old Rock House                    St. Louis, KS
May 20           Mercy Lounge                       Nashville, TN
May 21           Terminal West                       Atlanta, GA

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