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.
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 “Iâ€™m inspired by bands that go the distance, to a dangerous place…thereâ€™s an uncertainty to ‘HEAL’ that makes me nervous and excited at the same time. Itâ€™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..
Stay tuned for more details and tour dates to be announced. Click read more for artwork and tracklisting.
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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.
11/21/13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11/22/13 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
11/23/13 Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany – Rolling Stone Weekender
11/25/13 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
11/26/13 Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard van Troje
11/27/13 Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
11/29/13 Barcelona, Spain – Fri-Son
11/30/13 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain – Kursaal
12/01/13 Madrid, Spain – Teatro Fernando Fernan Gomez
12/04/13 Segrate (Milano), Italy – Cicolo Magnolia
12/05/13 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
For a full list of tour dates, head HERE.
The Tallest Man On Earth has set out to make your summer. How so? By going on a US tour of course. New dates include stops at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo! Strand of Oaks will open for TTMOE on all shows. You can check out the full tour schedule and ticket links below.
Summer too far away? Watch the new, four-part documentaryÂ that gives an intimate look into the lives of Kristian and his wife Amanda. The fourth episode features the duo performing Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles.”
05/26/13: George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/13: Wenatchee, WA- Performing Arts Center ^
05/28/13: Missoula, MT- Wilma Theatre ^
05/29/13: Boise, ID- Knitting Factory ^
05/31/13: Salt Lake City, UT- The Depot ^
06/01/13: Denver, CO- Ogden Theatre ^
06/03/13: Omaha, NE- The Waiting Room ^
06/04/13: Iowa City, IA- The Englert Theatre ^
06/05/13: St. Louis, MO- The Pageant ^
06/07/13: Indianapolis, IN- The Vogue ^
06/08/13: Louisville, KY- Headliners ^
06/09/13: Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse ^
06/11/13: Orlando, FL- Beacham Theatre ^
06/12/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Culture Room ^
06/13/13: St. Augustine, FL- The Original Cafe Eleven ^
06/15/13: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
07/12/13: Dublin, IE- The Iveagh Gardens
07/18/13: Nordfjordeid, NO- Malakoff
07/19/13: Tromso, NO- Bukta Festival
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