Wye Oak at MHOW, 9/20/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Wye Oak

Wye Oak's last album, 2011's Civilian, took the band to new levels of success and when it came time to make the follow-up, Jen Wasner and Andy Stack could have easily made Civilian Pt 2 and rode the indie folk train to new heights of popularity. Instead, the duo are shaking things up considerably for their as-yet-untitled fourth album which they made at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios. Wasner told SPIN:

There's not a lick of guitar on this whole record. It basically inverts what we were responsible for. Andy was playing droney bass lines on keyboard. Now he's responsible for the more upper register stuff that guitar would normally handle, while I'm playing bass lines on a bass guitar. The idea was really appealing to me because we had sort of hit a wall, just with the complete and total excess of touring that we had done, the use and overuse of that format. It tainted the guitar for me and I was finding it really, really hard to get anything out of it from a writing perspective. I wasn't excited about it -- too much baggage. It just felt tired to me.

While no release date or other info has been released yet, Wye Oak do have tour dates coming up on their way to SXSW (they're playing Savannah Stopover too). They'll also be at Coachella this year, and on the other side of that they'll play NYC at Webster Hall on May 7. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.

Jen Wasner is currently on the road this week as part of the touring tribute to Gene Clark's No Other that also features members of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Lower Dens, The Walkmen and more. That will be in NYC this weekend for sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26).

All Wye Oak tour dates are listed below.


Wye Oak - 2014 Tour Dates
3 March 2014 Charlottesville VA The Southern w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
4 March 2014 Asheville NC The Orange Peel w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
5 March 2014 Saxapahaw NC Haw River Ballroom w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
6 March 2014 Savannah GA Savannah Stopover
7 March 2014 Chattanooga TN JJ's Bohemia w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
8 March 2014 Oxford MS Proud Larry's w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
9 March 2014 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon w/ Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
20 March 2014 London United Kingdom Lexington
21 March 2014 Brussels Belgium Botanique
23 March 2014 Amsterdam Netherlands MC Theater
25 March 2014 Berlin Germany Privatclub
28 March 2014 Zurich Switzerland M4M Music Festival
29 March 2014 Istanbul Turkey IKSV
11 April 2014 Indio CA Coachella
18 April 2014 Indio CA Coachella
2 May 2014 Pittsburgh PA Mr. Small's Theatre
3 May 2014 Lancaster PA Chameleon Club
5 May 2014 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
6 May 2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club
7 May 2014 New York NY Webster Hall
9 May 2014 Boston MA Paradise
10 May 2014 Montreal QC Il Motore
11 May 2014 Toronto ON Horseshoe Tavern
13 May 2014 Chicago IL Metro
14 May 2014 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall
15 May 2014 Minneapolis MN Fine Line Music Cafe
16 May 2014 Omaha NE The Waiting Room
17 May 2014 Lawrence KS The Granada
18 May 2014 St. Louis MO Old Rock House
20 May 2014 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge
21 May 2014 Atlanta GA Terminal West