Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, is out next month and finds the Baltimore duo switching things up, with singer Jenn Wasner switching from guitar to bass, giving things a fresh feel. The band's tour starts in April but they'll be in Austin this week for SXSW where they'll play a number of shows (schedule below), the last of which is the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Speedy Ortiz and more. Wasner was kind enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What would your metal band name be?
JW: Decapitated Fuck.
2) Be honest: how often do you change your clothes on tour?
3) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
That's tough, we hate to play favorites! But we love playing the Bottletree in Birmingham, the 9:30 Club in DC, the Crowley in Marfa, TX...and we just played a great show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC last night. And, of course, any show we play in Baltimore.
4) Tell us about the worst show you've ever played.
Probably the one where I played with a sprained back and then got sick in the van on the way home.
5) What are some albums that you guys have been spinning in the van lately?
Lotta Arthur Russell, Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton at the moment...the new Future Islands record, the new Neneh Cherry record...and a constant stream of amazing gems via a subscription to our favorite local record shop, the True Vine.
Wye Oak - The Tower
Wye Oak - 2014 SXSW Schedule
3/14: KEXP + Merge Records 25th Anniversary @ Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (12pm)
3/14: The A.V. Club Rainey Day Party @ The Blackheart (4pm)
3/15: BrooklynVegan day party @ Red 7
Wye Oak - 2014 Tour Dates
04/11/14 Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04/18/14 Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
05/02/14 Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
05/03/14 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05/05/14 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05/06/14 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05/07/14 New York, NY - Webster Hall
05/09/14 Boston, MA - Paradise
05/10/14 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05/11/14 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
05/13/14 Chicago, IL - Metro
05/14/14 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
05/15/14 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
05/16/14 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05/17/14 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
05/18/14 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
05/20/14 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
05/21/14 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West