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.

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

WATCH // Strand of Oaks Shares New “Goshen ’97″ Video Dir. By Rick Alverson, New Album ‘HEAL’ Out June 24th

Strand of Oaks shared the first single “Goshen ’97″ from upcoming album HEAL at the beginning of the month with praise from Stereogum calling it a “rocket-fueled nostalgia trip” and Pitchfork writing the song was “raw and reckless”. Today THE FADER premiered a new video for the track by director Rick Alverson [director of The Comedy] which puts Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks in the main role. Watch the new video above, on THE FADER‘s website, or on our YouTube channel here.

On the video and director Alverson, Tim writes:

“It had been a dream of mine to work with Rick Alverson…[he] is a master of blending tragedy, humor, and catharsis, and that’s exactly what the song is about. It doesn’t celebrate the huge victories in life or mourn the heaviest memories. It’s about the moments between the ups and downs, where I believe we spend most of our lives. The days that aren’t shitty or particularly great, when you realize you’re one day farther from being young and you’re only getting older. Sometimes things so simple can be the most tragic.”

See Tim with a full band celebrating the new album’s release on June 26th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Get tickets here.

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

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Strand of Oaks New Album ‘HEAL’ Out June 24th, Stream “Goshen ’97″ Now

Today we are immensely grateful to welcome Strand of Oaks aka Tim Showalter to the ever-expanding Dead Oceans family. We’ve followed Tim closely and then were blown away by his live show when he toured with DOC artists Tallest Man On Earth and Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent and also Damien Jurado from our sister label Secretly Canadian in the last two years. Now, we’re excited to announce Tim’s new record HEAL will be out on Dead Oceans June 24th.

On previous Strand of Oaks albums Tim 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. 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.”

Preview the new album with the track “Goshen ’97″ above, an ode to his hometown of Goshen, Indiana and first finding music in his parent’s basement. Listen to the track, which premiered yesterday on World Cafe, on our YouTube / Soundcloud and it features Tim dueling guitars with rock god J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr..

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

Stay tuned for more details and tour dates to be announced. Click read more for artwork and tracklisting.
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The Tale of The Tallest Man On Earth and a Moog Synthesizer, New European Dates Announced for Winter

The Tallest Man On Earth and synthesizers? You betcha. Kristian recently stopped by Asheville’s Moog Music factory for a new session. Supplied with an array of Moog equipment, Kristian and tourmates Strand of Oaks take on “There’s No Leaving Now” in a completely new way. Watch above.

The fun doesn’t stop with the session. You wanted more tour dates and now you’re going to get them. Kristian has added a handful of European shows to his tour. You’ll find the full list below.

 
TOUR DATES:
11/21/13 Copenhagen, DenmarkVega
11/22/13 Aarhus, DenmarkVoxhall
11/23/13 Weissenhaeuser Strand, GermanyRolling Stone Weekender
11/25/13 Tilburg, NetherlandsO13
11/26/13 Den Haag, NetherlandsPaard van Troje
11/27/13 Fribourg, SwitzerlandFri-Son
11/29/13 Barcelona, SpainFri-Son
11/30/13 Donostia-San Sebastian, SpainKursaal
12/01/13 Madrid, SpainTeatro Fernando Fernan Gomez
12/04/13 Segrate (Milano), ItalyCicolo Magnolia
12/05/13 Vienna, AustriaStadthalle

For a full list of tour dates, head HERE.

tour dates

07/26/14

Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival

07/29/14

Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot

07/30/14

Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza Aftershow @ House of Blues  w/ Interpol

07/31/14

Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern

08/01/14

Columbus, OH - The Basement

08/07/14

Allston, MA - Great Scott  w/ Christopher Denny

08/08/14

South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge  w/ Christopher Denny
See all upcoming shows »

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