DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Rooks (new MP3)


After Matador's '07 reissue of the critically acclaimed 'Palo Santo', we've been waiting & wondering about the next Shearwater full-length. We're happy to report the resulting LP/CD 'Rook', not only lives up to the ridiculously high standards set by its predecessor, but should well stand as an early album of the year candidate. Produced by Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Denton's Echo Lab this past November and December, 'Rook' is an extraordinarily original work ; only on a handful of occasions have we heard an album this powerful and so rich in detail, both musically and lyrically. Shearwater's knack for the epic is already well documented, but with all due respect to their prior efforts, the broad sweep of 'Rook''s 10 songs is like nothing else you're likely to experience in 2008. -Matador

Shearwater is playing the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club DeVille in Austin, Texas THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT (March 12). They're also playing a few more times during SXSW and then going on a tour with Clinic that starts at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 8th (UPDATE: Shearwater is no longer playing that Brooklyn show see below, and all dates below....

official BV showcase

Shearwater - 2008 Tour Dates
Mar 12 - Club DeVille Austin, Texas (BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase - 1am) *
Mar 12 - Mohawk Austin, Texas (Gothamist/Austinist day party)
Mar 14 - French Legation Austin, Texas
Mar 15 - Waterloo Park Austin, Texas (Mess with Texas party)

* w/ AA Bondy, Martha Wainwright, Deer Tick, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters, & Kaki King

Shearwater & Clinic - 2008 Tour Dates
Thu 05/08/08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg

UPDATE: Shearwater is not playing the Brooklyn show anymore. Just Clinic.

Fri 05/09/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sat 05/10/08 Montreal, QC La Sala Rosa
Sun 05/11/08 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
Mon 05/12/08 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Tue 05/13/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Fri 05/16/08 Seattle, WA Neumo's
Sat 05/17/08 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards Cabaret
Sun 05/18/08 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Mon 05/19/08 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Tue 05/20/08 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
Wed 05/21/08 Tucson, AZ Plush