Strand of Oaks

Harder Love is the latest release from Strand of Oaks, a collection of Tim Showalter’s original recordings for the album Hard Love. Pairing the earliest versions Hard Love tracks with previously-unreleased material (including some songs deemed “too weird” for the official release), Harder Love feels like Hard Love in an alternate dimension. A whole lot stranger and even more raw, it’s like the tripped out, spiritual brother to its predecessor.

In the winter of 2016, Showalter spent a week recording with Ben Vehorn at Tangerine Studios in Akron, Ohio, the two having previously collaborated on Pope Killdragon (2010) and HEAL (2014). A few of the songs captured during that initial studio session went on to be rerecorded, but much of Harder Love is hazy, unknown territory, offering additional perspective on Showalter’s Hard Love vision, as well as exciting new material to add to the Strand of Oaks discography. “These songs are me unedited…I just want people to have them. I’m sick of overthinking and talking too much about the process and the narrative.”

And it’s Showalter’s desire for a wholly unfiltered approach that defines Harder Love, a listening experience that often feels like scrolling through the FM dial, not quite getting the station, and listening through the static anyway. So when Harder Love begins, it’s no surprise that the title track feels like the doppelgänger to its Hard Love counterpart, but the pulsating beat and jangly organ of this alternate version deliver a fresh take on a notable track. And from then on, Harder Love continues to take form in its own parallel universe. The Westerberg-esque beauty “Passing Out” offers the first peek at some solid, previously-unreleased Strand of Oaks material, and subsequent new tracks (e.g., Sober, Dream Brother, Rain Won’t Come) not only make Harder Love a dynamic listen, but also speak to Showalter’s songwriting versatility.

Yet in many ways, it’s the original version of “On the Hill” that epitomizes the wild and uninhibited spirit at the core of the Hard Love concept with its scrambled, rambling vocal take and dancey, trancey vibe. And weirdness prevails on “Wicked Water,” a thoroughly bizarre jam that sounds unlike anything ever, cultivating Showalter’s dub love into an ambitious jaunt into the deepest corners of his musical mind. So by the time we reach the “Chill Tent,” in keeping with Showalter’s vision, we need it. A gorgeous electronic track that begs us to “come down, take it easy,” it’s the perfect comedown from an intense and visceral listening experience.

And once we have a chance to take a breath and move back into reality, it becomes apparent that perhaps it’s this companion piece—or the Hard Love versus Harder Love dichotomy—that has enabled Showalter to fulfill his original vision, recreating his own weird and wonderful experiences via a trippy juxtaposition of familiar Hard Love tracks and totally new, totally strange, thoroughly enjoyable Strand of Oaks material. “Life is short and more fucked up by the day…and I don’t want to waste any more time being afraid to be weird and let all my songs out there.”

Strand of Oaks Announces Limited Edition Harder Love 12” Out January 19th :: Listen to New Single “Passing Out”

Pre-order Harder Love
https://strandofoaks.lnk.to/harderlove

Today, Strand of Oaks announces Harder Love, a collection of Tim Showalter’s unreleased, original recordings for the album Hard Love, for release on January 19th. The announcement comes on the heels of Bruce Warren at WXPN premiering the brand new single, “Passing Out,” last week. The single is officially out today.

Pairing the earliest versions tracks from Hard Love with previously-unreleased material (including some tracks deemed “too weird” for the official release), Harder Love pushes Showalter’s sound to a stranger, rawer place. In many ways, the forthcoming release serves as the tripped out, spiritual brother to its predecessor.

The Westerberg-esque beauty “Passing Out” offers the first peek at some solid, previously-unreleased Strand of Oaks material, and subsequent new tracks (e.g., “Sober,” “Dream Brother,” “Rain Won’t Come”) not only make Harder Love a dynamic listen, but also speak to Showalter’s songwriting versatility. Showalter puts it simply himself: “Life is short and more fucked up by the day…and I don’t want to waste any more time being afraid to be weird and let all my songs out there.”

The 12” physical version of Harder Love is limited to a 500 pressing and features unused and alternative takes from Hard Love. Harder Love will be available digitally worldwide, with two additional bonus tracks available only on the digital version.

Harder Love will also available physically via retailers in limited territories (US and Benelux). There will be copies of the 12” available for purchase at the merch table of this year’s sold out Winter Classic at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle, where Strand of Oaks will be playing December 8th, 9th, and 10th.


Harder Love tracklisting
1. Harder Love
2. Passing Out
3. Cry (Alt Version)
4. On The Hill (Alt Version)
5. Sober
6. Dream Brother
7. Rain Won’t Come
8. Wicked Water
9. Chill Tent
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10. On The Hill (Extended) [Bonus Track, Digital Only]
11. Wanna Get Lost [Bonus Track, Digital Only]

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates
Fri., December 8th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sat., December 9th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 10th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 25th – Bethlehem, PA @ Fowler Blast Furnace Room

Strand of Oaks Shares “Everything” Video and Tour Dates

Today Strand of Oaks shares a brand new video for “Everything.” Animated by fellow musician Chad VanGaalen, the colorful, immersive, and illustrative world in the visual accompaniment for “Everything” follows a chaotic narrative, employing psychedelic effects while utilizing everyday imagery.

The track comes from Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s fifth LP under the moniker Strand of Oaks. Recording during much-needed downtime following the release of Heal, Hard Love is a record with influences culled from Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane’s Addiction, Hard Love is available now via Dead Oceans.

In addition to releasing today’s video, Strand of Oaks will also be playing a string of North American tour dates, including several festival stops. Full list of dates can be found below.

Watch Strand of Oaks’ “Everything” video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkY4isMi2Zc

Strand of Oaks 2017 Tour Dates
5/21 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
5/27 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
6/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Radio Milwaukee Studios Festival
6/25 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Arts Festival
7/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
7/14 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
7/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
7/17 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre (rooftop)
7/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Patio
7/20 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
7/21 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach *
7/22 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre *
7/23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts *
7/26 – Lousville, KY @ Louisville Waterfront Park
7/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
7/28 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/29 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/30 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
8/04 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival

* w/ Jason Isbell

Strand of Oaks Take on ‘Conan’

There are two truths we hold near and dear to our hearts. The first is that Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks is due a Pantene campaign (look at that impeccable mane and tell us we’re wrong). And the second is that “Rest Of It” unquestionably belongs in an arena. It’s the sort of heart-pounding, muscle-car, shot-and-a-beer anthem that deserves to be played as loud as possible, preferably with hundreds (thousands?) of people singing along.

Conan, it seems, would agree. A direct quote from last night’s late night performance, “That’s how it’s done! I love seeing you play.” Strand of Oaks brought the aforementioned rocker, “Rest Of It,” to Conan, somehow avoiding burning down the set. Don’t believe us? Watch it back along with a solo-electric + web-exclusive rendition of “Radio Kids” (below). And don’t miss this killer band on tour! Full list of dates at the bottom.

Purchase Hard Love:
https://strandofoaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates:
03/30/17 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
03/31/17 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04/01/17 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
04/02/17 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
04/03/17 Dallas, TX – Three Links
04/04/17 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
04/05/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues
04/07/17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
04/08/17 Tallahassee, FL – Word Of South Festival
04/09/17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04/10/17 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
05/04/17 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
05/05/17 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater – Middle of the Map Fest
05/06/17 Peoria, IL – Limelight
05/26/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/27/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/28/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
07/21/17 Miami Beach, FA – The Fillmore
07/22/17 Saint Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
07/23/17 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts
07/26/17 Louisville, KY – Louisville Waterfront Park
07/28/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
07/29/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
07/30/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
08/04/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/05/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/06/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

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

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Everything
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Cry
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Rest Of It
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Radio Kids
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Shut In
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Goshen '97
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Same Emotions
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