Strand of Oaks

From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of 'Goshen '97' puts you right into Tim Showalter's fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family's basement den in Goshen, IN, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. "The record is called HEAL, but it's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better." HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic. Showalter was on tour, walking home on a mild autumn night in Malmo, Sweden, when he first felt the weight of the personal crisis that would ignite him to write HEAL. "It was a culmination of pressure," Showalter recalls. "My marriage was suffering, I'd released a record I was disappointed in, I didn't like how I looked or acted...so I'd gone on tour, I was gone about two years! I didn't take time to think about failure, but I knew I was going deeper and deeper...I was thinking, I have this life, but it's not my life, I haven't done it right..." When Showalter returned, he wrote 30 songs in three weeks, a process that proved difficult, but cathartic and at times invigorating. Previous Strand Of Oaks records were more skeletal, raw examples of folk-rooted Americana with occasional rock and electronic currents, that have now come to the fore. HEAL is a bold new beginning, with a thrilling full-tilt sound that draws on Showalter's love of '70s, '80s and '90s rock and pop, with the singer and guitarist playing the intense valedictory confessor. Crucial to HEAL's sound was the man who Showalter chose to mix the record, the stellar alt-rock icon John Congleton. Showalter also re-connected with Ben Vehorn, synth expert and studio engineer extraordinaire, and drummer Steve Clements, who provides HEAL's thunderous, sinewy drive. Songs such as 'Shut In', 'Plymouth' and 'Woke Up To The Light' have a classic construction and mood, recalling '70s power-pop/ballads and the yearning ache of Big Star's late, great Chris Bell. Many of the songs on HEAL reveal an electronic undercarriage and towering drums that push the album's wired dynamic to its stretching point, especially on 'For Me', which expertly bridges the album's twin decades of influences. And if 'Goshen '97' recalls the molten energy of Dinosaur Jr, that actually is J Mascis on lead guitar. Despite the initials, the album's smouldering 7-minute epic 'JM' is not a Mascis tribute, but to the late Jason Molina, about having his music as comfort no matter how bad things get. Which brings us to another crisis, this time much more serious and immediate. HEAL was scheduled for mixing on Dec. 26, 2013. Driving on the freeway Christmas Day, Showalter and his wife were involved in a car accident with a semi-truck, and were fortunate to walk away with their lives. Showalter suffered a, "pretty severe," head trauma, "which affected me much more than I realized at the time." Fearing delays, Showalter didn't let Congelton know about it, so the mixing session went ahead. "Being on the verge of death, and my thoughts being so closely tied to that, changed the album's direction," Showalter claims. "Together, we pushed it toward a much more cathartic sound that forces the listener to where I was at that exact moment, somewhere between almost dying and being absolutely fearless." HEAL is not just a saviour for its creator, but for anyone who needs reminding of music's ability to heal, or just thrill. Showalter is taking out a full band to play, and finally, the kid who wanted to be a rock star at 15 might get his chance. Finally, he and Strand Of Oaks have much to celebrate.

WATCH // Strand of Oaks Performs “Plymouth” Live At Ace Hotel NYC [Via The A.V. Club], Tour Starts Tonight In Madison, WI

Today, Strand of Oaks start a 6-date Midwestern tour from Wisconsin to Indianapolis and to celebrate, Ace Hotel has shared a beautiful session of “Plymouth” shot in their NYC lobby late last year. Watch the video above or here on The A.V. Club.

Click read more below to see all upcoming tour dates and ticket links including recently announced dates at Hogs for the Cause, Hangout Festival, Bonnaroo, and Governor’s Ball.

Pick up the new album now via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

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LATE NIGHT // Watch Strand of Oaks Perform ‘Shut In’ On Late Night With Seth Meyers, On Tour Now

I came, I saw, I conquered. -Tim Showalter (Unconfirmed, but probably)

Did you catch Strand of Oaks‘ national television debut last night on Late Night With Seth Meyers? We hope you did. If you missed the show watch them perform “Shut In” above off their latest album ‘Heal‘.

Pick up the new album now via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

If you’re looking for even more Strand of Oaks, click here for the band’s latest video for the track “Same Emotions“, or see them in the flesh. They’ll be stateside before their trek through Europe. Tour dates are below.

TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]

8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café &
8/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub &
8/15 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording &
8/16 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage &
8/17 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas &
8/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater &
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry &
8/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
8/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room &
8/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive &
8/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court &
8/26 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern &
8/27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret &
8/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
8/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent &
8/31 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place &
9/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo &
9/4 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah &
9/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit &
9/7 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links &
9/9 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s &
9/10 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree &
9/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl &
9/12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt &
9/13 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook &
9/14 – Washington, DC @ DC9 &
9/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade &
9/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9/27 – EKKO, Utrecht (NL)

9/28 – Trix, Antwerp (BE)

9/29 – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton (UK)
9/30 – The Lexington, London (UK)
10/1 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)

10/2 – Mono, Glasgow (UK)

10/3 – Whelan’s, Dublin (IR)

10/4 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

10/5 – The Louisiana, Bristol (UK)

10/6 – 4AD, Diksmuide (BE)
10/8 – Merleyn, Nijmegen (NL)
10/9 – Privatclub, Berlin (DE)

10/10 – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK)

10/11 – Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
10/12 – John Dee, Oslo (NO)

10/13 – Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm (SE)
10/15 – Podnik, Prague (CZ)

10/16 – Chelsea, Vienna (AT)

10/17 – Mattatoio, Carpi (IT)

10/18 – Bronson, Ravenna (IT)

10/20 – 75 Beat, Milan (IT)

10/21 – Bad Bonn, Duedingen (CH)
10/22 – Espace B, Paris (FR)

10/23 – Blue Shell, Cologne (DE)

10/24 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
10/25 – Zwolle, NL @ Let’s Get Lost

& – W/ Christopher Denny
# – W/ Interpol

WATCH // Strand of Oaks Shares Video For “Same Emotion” Dir. By Austin Kearns, On Tour Now

Already in the midst of a world-conquering tour, Strand of Oaks present the new video for “Same Emotion” off the new record HEAL. Premiering via Bloody Disgusting this morning, director Austin Kearns (Jonathan Rado, Diane Coffee) tells the story of a group of guys on the prowl who end up getting way more than they expected. Keep an eye out for Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter starring as bartender. Those who can handle the sight of blood should watch the video above or here on Youtube / Vevo.

If you haven’t already, get the album now via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]

7/29 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Aftershow @ House of Blues #
7/31 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
8/1 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
8/7 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott &
8/8 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge &
8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore &
8/11 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake &
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café &
8/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub &
8/15 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording &
8/16 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage &
8/17 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas &
8/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater &
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry &
8/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
8/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room &
8/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive &
8/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court &
8/26 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern &
8/27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret &
8/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
8/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent &
8/31 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place &
9/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo &
9/4 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah &
9/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit &
9/7 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links &
9/9 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s &
9/10 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree &
9/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl &
9/12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt &
9/13 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook &
9/14 – Washington, DC @ DC9 &
9/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade &
9/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

9/27 – EKKO, Utrecht (NL)

9/28 – Trix, Antwerp (BE)

9/29 – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton (UK)
9/30 – The Lexington, London (UK)
10/1 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)

10/2 – Mono, Glasgow (UK)

10/3 – Whelan’s, Dublin (IR)

10/4 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

10/5 – The Louisiana, Bristol (UK)

10/6 – 4AD, Diksmuide (BE)
10/8 – Merleyn, Nijmegen (NL)
10/9 – Privatclub, Berlin (DE)

10/10 – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK)

10/11 – Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
10/12 – John Dee, Oslo (NO)

10/13 – Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm (SE)
10/15 – Podnik, Prague (CZ)

10/16 – Chelsea, Vienna (AT)

10/17 – Mattatoio, Carpi (IT)

10/18 – Bronson, Ravenna (IT)

10/20 – 75 Beat, Milan (IT)

10/21 – Bad Bonn, Duedingen (CH)
10/22 – Espace B, Paris (FR)

10/23 – Blue Shell, Cologne (DE)

10/24 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
10/25 – Zwolle, NL @ Let’s Get Lost

& – W/ Christopher Denny
# – W/ Interpol

ALBUM RELEASE // Strand of Oaks ‘HEAL’ Out Now Worldwide, On Tour Now



The new Strand of Oaks album HEAL is out now.

On previous Strand of Oaks albums, Tim Showalter displayed his knack for moving and dark folk and now on HEAL we see growth and change into an immersive sound with loud, punching guitar riffs and synth-heavy hooks akin to his recent touring show. This is rock in its most raw form, unapologetic and full of deep emotion. Showalter says “I’m inspired by bands that go the distance, to a dangerous place…there’s an uncertainty to ‘HEAL’ that makes me nervous and excited at the same time. It’s sad, but it sounds like a celebration, like I’m crying and laughing and sticking both middle fingers in the air all at the same time.”

Get the new album now via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

Critics praise the new album:

“Folk songwriter Strand Of Oaks heals on rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece”

- A.V. CLUB | A

“overwhelmingly epic and unashamedly ambitious”

- UNCUT | ★★★★

“Epic…it’s easy to hear how it might serve as curative to a new generation of songwriters.”

- NPR

“Glorious…matches Springsteen’s phrasing with the Replacements’ wounded alt-rock.”

- SPIN

See Tim and the band on tour starting this this Thursday in NYC at Mercury Lounge with tickets here. See the rest of the tour dates below.

TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]

6/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ WXPN World Cafe Free at Noon
8/07 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
8/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
8/15 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
8/16 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage
8/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
8/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
8/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
8/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
8/26 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
8/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
8/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/31 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
9/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
9/4 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit
9/7 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
9/9 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
9/10 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
9/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
9/12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
9/13 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
9/14 – Washington, DC @ DC9
9/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9/27 – EKKO, Utrecht (NL)

9/28 – Trix, Antwerp (BE)

9/29 – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton (UK)
9/30 – The Lexington, London (UK)
10/1 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)

10/2 – Mono, Glasgow (UK)

10/3 – Whelan’s, Dublin (IR)

10/4 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

10/5 – The Louisiana, Bristol (UK)

10/6 – 4AD, Diksmuide (BE)
10/8 – Merleyn, Nijmegen (NL)
10/9 – Privatclub, Berlin (DE)

10/10 – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK)

10/11 – Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
10/12 – John Dee, Oslo (NO)

10/13 – Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm (SE)
10/14 – Podnik, Prague (CZ)

10/16 – Chelsea, Vienna (AT)

10/17 – Mattatoio, Carpi (IT)

10/18 – Bronson, Ravenna (IT)

10/20 – 75 Beat, Milan (IT)

10/21 – Bad Bonn, Duedingen (CH)
10/22 – Espace B, Paris (FR)

10/23 – Blue Shell, Cologne (DE)

10/24 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)

tour dates

04/03/15

Tallarook, AU - Boogie Festival

04/05/15

Tallarook, AU - Boogie Festival

04/07/15

Melbourne, AU - Cherry Bar - FREE SHOW

04/08/15

Melbourne, AU - 170 Russell St.   w/ Gary Clark Jr.

04/09/15

Sydney, AU - Frankie's - FREE SHOW

04/10/15

Sydney, AU - The Metro  w/ Gary Clark Jr.

04/16/15

Chattanooga, TN - Track 29  w/ Jason Isbell
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