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Strand of Oaks’ ‘Hard Love’ Out Now

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Strand of Oaks‘ “raw and forthcoming” (Consequence of Sound) new album Hard Love is out now worldwide. The record is already garnering high marks. Stereogum calls it “incredible” and praises its ability to “channel intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis.” Bandcamp Daily named it Album Of The Day, while the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed Strand of Oaks “one of the leading lights of the Philadelphia Rock renaissance.”

Listen to Strand of Oaks talk about Hard Love & more on NPR Morning Edition:
http://n.pr/2lV7WCY

Strand of Oaks will tour extensively in 2017, with dates in Europe and the United States, including Boston Calling in May and dates with Jason Isbell. They will also be returning to Australia in April to perform at The Boogie Festival, which inspired Hard Love track “On The Hill”.

You can now stream Hard Love in full or purchase it in your preferred form of consumption, CD / LP / cassette:
https://StrandOfOaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Hard Love Tracklist:
1. Hard Love
2. Radio Kids
3. Everything
4. Salt Brothers
5. On The Hill
6. Cry
7. Rest Of It
8. Quit It
9. Taking Acid and Talking To My Brother

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Praise for Hard Love:

“Incredible…channels intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis.” — Stereogum

“One of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“Anthemic…the kind of song you want to listen to over and over.” — NPR Music on “Radio Kids”

Hard Love is easy to adore.” — Magnet

“Raw and forthcoming.” – Consequence of Sound

“Sounds like Primal Scream channeling Loaded-era Velvets.” – The Independent

“Nine assured, sprawling new songs…visceral, potent.” — Line Of Best Fit

“Irresistibly surging.” — Uncut

Hard Love is a fitting combination of uplifting declarations, somber introspection and ne’er-do-well rambunctiousness…breathes new life into good ol’ rock’n’roll.” — Exclaim

“Akin to a garage band with a penchant for hallucinogens and an experimental tilt…ambitious, artistically unapologetic.” — Pop Matters

“Forthright, lionhearted…shot through with an underlying spirit of hope.” – Bandcamp Daily, Album Of The Day

US Tour Dates:

March 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
March 11 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
March 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 15 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
March 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
March 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
March 18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
March 23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 25 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
April 1 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
April 4 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Indoor
April 5 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues – Bronze Peacock
April 7 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
April 8 – Tallahassee, FL @ Word Of South Festival
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
April 10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
May 04 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
May 06 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex (w/ Jason Isbell)
May 26 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
July 21 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
July 22 – Saint Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
July 23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts (w/ Jason Isbell)

European Tour Dates:

February 25 – Berlin, D @ Privat Club
February 26 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
February 27 – Brussels, B @ AB – Box
February 28 – London, UK @ Oslo
March 1 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
March 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
March 3 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
March 4 – Oostende, B @ De Zwerver
March 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

Australian Tour Dates:

April 13 – Melbourne, VIC @ The Curtin
April 14 – Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival
April 15 – Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival
April 20 – Brisbane, QLD @ Black Bear Lodge
April 22 – Tanunda, SA @ Silver Raven

Pull an All-Nighter with Strand of Oaks in the New “Rest of It” Video

Rest of It” is the latest slice Strand Of Oaks is serving off their forthcoming record, titled Hard Love. Out 2/17, Hard Love finds bandleader Tim Showalter caught between his hedonistic pursuit of rock ‘n’ roll transcendence and the mature demands of domestic life. With help from producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Spoon), Hard Love harnesses Showalter’s unrelenting energy and channels it into nine of the most incendiary, ambitious songs in Strand of Oaks’ discography.

Pre-order Hard Love: strandofoaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Strand of Oaks will tour extensively in 2017, with dates throughout Europe and the US, including Boston Calling in May. They will also be returning to Australia in April to perform at The Boogie Festival, which inspired album track “On The Hill”. Find all tour dates here.

Praise for Hard Love:

“The best Dinosaur Jr. song Ryan Adams never wrote” – Stereogum on “Radio Kids”

“Just like that favorite song you’ve held onto for so many years, evoking memories of the past, ‘Radio Kids’ is the kind of song you want to listen to over and over.” – NPR Music

Strand of Oaks Announces New Album ‘Hard Love’ Out 2/17

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Strand of Oaks, led by Philadelphia’s Tim Showalter, will release its new album titled Hard Love, on February 17th of next year. On the highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s HEAL, Showalter confronts the struggle between overindulgence and accountability; while he yearns for rock ‘n’ roll transcendence, he’s also forced to confront the damage that pursuit inevitably imposes on his loved ones. With help from producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Spoon) and guitarist Jason Anderson, Hard Love harnesses Showalter’s unrelenting energy and channels it into nine of the most incendiary, ambitious songs in Strand Of Oaks’ discography.

Our first slice of the new record, “Radio Kids” comes with a beautifully shot video directed by Christopher Good. NPR Music says,

“Just like that favorite song you’ve held onto for so many years, evoking memories of the past, ‘Radio Kids’ is the kind of song you want to listen to over and over.”

Hard Love walks a tightrope of emotions — from rock ‘n’ roll abandon to harrowing self-reflection — and Showalter has lived every minute of it. From a life-changing psychedelic awakening at the Boogie Festival in Australia (“On The Hill“) to his own domestic troubles (“Hard Love”) and the near-death of his brother from cardiac arrest (“Taking Acid and Talking With My Brother“), Hard Love is a sledgehammer of a record rife with unrestrained sonic expression.

Written and conceptualized during Showalter’s post-tour break as he reveled in what he considered to be a life-changing experience, the initial sessions for Hard Love were scrapped. Showalter brought in producer Nicolas Vernhes to capture the loose, hedonistic vibe he was searching for. “In a time of calculation and overthinking, I wanted to bring back the raw, impulsive nature that is the DNA of so many records I love,” says Showalter, who draws from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub tapes and Jane’s Addiction throughout the album’s nine tracks.

But that rocking intensity is tempered by the wounded ballad “Cry,” a sobering moment of clarity that serves as the emotional fulcrum of the record. It’s this strain of honesty and self-reflection that helps mark ‘Hard Love’ as the most fearless work of Showalter’s career — a growing up record that lobbies just as hard for holding on to youthful foibles.

“Some records are built like monuments, set in stone,” says Showalter. “I want this record to be burned in effigy, in celebration of the limited time we have on this earth.”

Pre-order Hard Love: strandofoaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Hard Love Tracklist:
1. Hard Love
2. Radio Kids
3. Everything
4. Salt Brothers
5. On The Hill
6. Cry
7. Rest Of It
8. Quit It
9. Tacking Acid and Talking To My Brother

Strand of Oaks will tour extensively in 2017, with dates throughout Europe and the United States. Don’t miss this electrifying live show, see if your town’s listed below!

US Tour Dates:
December 1 – Arden, DE @ The Gild Hall
December 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
December 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
December 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
March 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
March 11 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
March 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 15 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
March 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
March 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
March 18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
March 23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 25 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
April 1 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
April 4 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Indoor
April 5 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues – Bronze Peacock
April 7 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
April 8 – Tallahassee, FL @ Word Of South Festival
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
April 10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

European Tour Dates:
December 11 – Brussels, B @ AB – Huis 23
February 25 – Berlin, D @ Privat Club
February 26 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
February 27 – Brussels, B @ AB – Box
February 28 – London, UK @ Oslo
March 1 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
March 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
March 3 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
March 4 – Oostende, B @ De Zwerver
March 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

LISTEN // Strand of Oaks Announce ‘Heal’ Deluxe Edition

“Some of the best new music we heard in 2014 was sitting right in our own backyard. With his band Strand of Oaks, Philly-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter released a knockout rock ‘n’ roll record called HEAL…this is Strand of Oaks’ most personal record, and it resonates with amplified power, soaring guitar solos and a confessional approach to songwriting.”
NPR, Public Radio’s 10 Breakout Artists of 2014

“…full-on, heart-on-sleeve vision-quest rock in the style of Showalter’s beloved Smashing Pumpkins, with a sprinkle of humility courtesy of the late Jason Molina.”
Grantland, – The Best (a.k.a. My Favorite) Music of 2014

“With its bombastic anthems and touching songwriting, the album is an incredibly revealing statement from a resilient artist.”
The AV Club, – The 20 Best Albums of 2014

“A fierce, heady triumph…this album is one of the true out-of-nowhere delights of 2014. One of its recurring themes is the power of music to get folks out of the tighetest emotional and psychological jams, and HEAL is just the kind of revelatory album to do the trick.”
American Songwriter, – Top 50 Albums of 2014

“This is big, bold rock music, even when it’s quiet.”
Aquarium Drunkard, 2014 Year in Review

Strand of OaksHEAL was released early last summer on Dead Oceans, kicking off a year of big firsts and miles racked up on the odometer. Tim Showalter paid a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk – and to nearly every state (plus multiple continents) on a non-stop tour. As a result, Showalter’s most personal songs to date were allowed the chance to expand and change shape. That’s where the deluxe version of HEAL comes in – to celebrate this newfound life and share some fan favorites. It’s bookended with two covers, firstly a cover of Ryan Adams“My Wrecking Ball” taped in Showalter’s home of Philadelphia at WXPN, lastly a woozy rendition of The National’s “Pink Rabbits”. Rounding out the mix is a version of “Goshen ’97” from Acoustic Café and a life-affirming rendition of “Shut In” for Hear Ya. Finally, it features an alternate mix of “HEAL” at the hands of producer John Congleton that sounds like Showalter’s heart being dragged through sludge and fed through an amp.

The deluxe edition will be available as a digital-only release on Friday July 17. In addition to a full summer, Strand of Oaks has tacked on a heap of dates for this fall including shows with My Morning Jacket. All dates listed below.

HEAL TRACKLISTING
Goshen ’97
HEAL
Same Emotions
Shut In
Woke Up To The Light
JM
Plymouth
Mirage Year
For Me
Wait For Love

BONUS:
My Wrecking Ball (Live at WXPN)
Goshen ’97 (Live at Acoustic Café)
Shut In (Hear Ya Session)
HEAL (Congleton Mix)
Pink Rabbits

STRAND OF OAKS TOUR DATES: More info here
Thurs. July 23 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
Sat. July 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Mon. July 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club &
Tues. July 28 – Spring Green, WI @ Shitty Barn – SOLD OUT
Fri. July 31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sat. Aug. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Thurs. Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts
Wed. Aug. 19 – Utrech, NL @ Ekko
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sun. Sept. 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Loufest
Fri. Sept. 18 – Sun. Sept. 20 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Mon. Sept. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Tues. Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Fri. Sept. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Wed. Sept. 30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium †
Fri. Oct. 2 – Sun. Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Fri. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Sat. Oct. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Tues. Oct. 6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center †
Wed. Oct. 7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair †
Fri. Oct. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sat. Oct. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sun. Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ PARKLIFE Music Festival
Fri. Nov. 20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre †
Wed. Nov. 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre †

& = w/ Ryley Walker
† = w/ My Morning Jacket

WATCH // Strand of Oaks’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Strand of Oaks’ Tiny Desk Concert is a great example of not only why this series is awesome, but also a testament to Tim Showalter’s songwriting that when he slows his anthemic rockers down, they become beautiful and contemplative. “Goshen ’97” gets special treatment here, and “Plymouth” and “JM” retain their energy and gain new poetic weight from the stripped down approach.

Strand of Oaks will be in your neck of the woods this Summer. Dates are below, tickets are here

06/19/15 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival
07/23/15 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theatre
07/24/15 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival SOLD-OUT
07/25/15 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
07/27/15 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
07/28/15 Spring Green, WI – Shitty Barn w/ Oedipus Tex
07/31/15 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/01/15 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/02/15 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/07/15 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands SOLD-OUT
08/19/15 Utrecht, NL – Ekko
08/20/15 Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
08/20/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/21/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/22/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/23/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/23/15 Portland, OR – Music Fest NW
09/12/15 St. Louis, MO – Loufest
09/13/15 St. Louis, MO – Loufest
09/25/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Thrival Innovation + Music
09/26/15 Cincinnati, OH – MIdpoint Music Festival
09/27/15 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/30/15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium w/ My Morning Jacket
10/02/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre w/ My Morning Jacket
10/02/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/03/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre w/ My Morning Jacket
10/03/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/04/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/06/15 Boise, ID – Revolution Event Center w/ My Morning Jacket
10/07/15 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair w/ My Morning Jacket
10/09/15 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl w/ My Morning Jacket
10/09/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/10/15 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl w/ My Morning Jacket
10/10/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/11/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

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