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Baltimore, MD (2006 – present)

Formed in mid-2006, Wye Oak (formerly known as Monarch) are Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Jenn & Andy have been playing music together and apart in Baltimore, MD, and chose their name from the honorary state tree of Maryland. If Children is the culmination of many months of recording, polishing and perfecting to achieve what Any Given Tuesday best described as, “. … . mingling in a room full of shoegaze, alt-country, folk, and noise, shaking hands, kissing cheeks, and making friends with everyone.” If Children is an exuberant debut – noisy and restrained in turn, Wye Oak describe their philosophy: “We’d like to think that if a song is good enough, it’ll stand on its own regardless of how much noise you pile on top. On the other hand, we do like noise.” Listen, and we think you will have to agree!

The droll tone and fleeting sweetness of a Yo La Tengo are cut into the more deeply textural concerns of shoegaze in the Baltimore group’s work. It’s an interesting alignment, given the contrast in senses of humor. But Wye Oak successfully shed tonnage from the latter without losing potency.


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  • tahbyfet

    @terrylang, I feel it........ still, new album is hella hypnagogic

    31 Mar 2:43am Reply
  • ladexter

    loved the knot and civilian, but i think shriek is even better.

    30 Mar 9:42pm Reply
  • SlashBeastleo

    New album is fantastic, but I agree... really miss that mean sound they have in earlier albums.

    30 Mar 5:55pm Reply
  • terrylang

    i really applaud the artistic risk-taking in the new one, but i sincerely miss the menace.

    27 Mar 10:54pm Reply
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    24 Mar 5:23pm Reply
  • zarinarocks

    new album sounds fantastic

    24 Mar 8:42am Reply
  • c0rdell

    listening to the new album , its ok so far

    24 Mar 3:52am Reply
  • cortapasso

    Shriek <3

    24 Mar 3:22am Reply
  • R-Mac

    i may or may not have pre-ordered the vinyl package after hearing shriek (spoiler alert: i did). god bless you jenn wasner

    24 Mar 2:18am Reply
  • R-Mac

    my good taste in music brought me here [2]

    8 Mar 12:38am Reply
  • Psyker_

    The Walking Dead and Shane brought me here too :)

    3 Mar 9:41pm Reply
  • tommoo

    the tower, damn.

    30 Jan 4:46pm Reply
  • Ighuc

    Thank you Shearwater for bringing me here! lovelove

    27 Jan 10:48pm Reply
  • ktparker

    I must admit, I'm a little nervous to hear that their new album will take a different direction. I love that guitar! But I'm still excited to get something new from this awesome band soon.

    10 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • johnakoseco

    Thank god I watch The Walking Dead and found these guys!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tahbyfet

    srsly, The Knot, oh shit

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tahbyfet

    2 many feels :|

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mota_vation

    take it in

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • raadd

    my good taste in music brought me here

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nad38

    Walking Dead brought me here, but still an awesome band.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
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