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.

FIRST LISTEN // Stream Strand of Oaks ‘HEAL’ Via NPR Music First Listen, Album Out Next Week

Preview the new Strand of Oaks album HEAL in full over at NPR Music as part of their First Listen series. Also, if you missed it, a great 60 Minutes inspired video for “Shut In” directed by Zia Anger premiered last week via SPIN. Watch the video here on YouTube / Vevo.

Get in more depth with Strand of Oaks by heading over to Grantland who published a fantastic long read profile on Tim that you can read here.

Pre-order the new album HEAL via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

See Tim and the band on tour starting this Saturday in Chicago at The Hideout for a special WXRT presented First Impressions show with tickets here. Next Thursday they’re in NYC playing Bowery Ballroom 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)

WATCH // Strand of Oaks Shares New “Shut In” Video Directed By Zia Anger, New Album ‘HEAL’ Out June 24th

A few weeks ago SPIN premiered Strand of Oaks‘ new track “Shut In” off his upcoming Dead Oceans debut, HEAL, out June 24th. Today, Red Bull Music shares a 60 Minutes styled video for the song via director Zia Anger. Watch the video above or here on YouTube / Vevo.

Pre-order the new album HEAL via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

The tour starts on June 26th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Get tickets here. See all the tour dates including new stops in Europe starting at the end of September, below.

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

6/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
8/7 – 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)

LISTEN // Strand of Oaks Shares New “Shut In” Via SPIN, New Album ‘HEAL’ Out 6/24

Yesterday SPIN premiered Strand of Oaks‘ new track “Shut In” off his upcoming Dead Oceans debut, HEAL, out June 24th. Listen to the track above or here on our Soundcloud / Youtube channel.

Pre-order the new album HEAL via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

The tour starts on June 26th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Get tickets here. See all the tour dates below.

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

6/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
8/7 – 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

ON TOUR // Strand of Oaks Announces Full Band US Tour, New Album ‘HEAL’ Out 6/24

Strand of Oaks will be playing with a brand new full band this Summer while on tour of the US supporting the new album HEAL.

The tour starts on June 26th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Get tickets here. See all the tour dates below.

Pre-order the new album HEAL via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

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

6/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
8/7 – 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

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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