Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Artist Review (Forecastle Preview Edition): Wye Oak

Fans of Walking Dead might recognize Wye Oak. Their single "Civilian" from their 2011 LP, Civilian, was played during the trailer of the show's second season. However, for those who don't watch The Walking Dead, this band might be new to you, as they were new to me until I saw them on the Forecastle lineup.

Wye Oak is a duo indie folk/rock band out of Baltimore, MD consisting of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, and backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals and guitar). Wasner's vocals and guitar playing style reminds me a lot of bands, such as Beach House and Modest Mouse. The overall genre is reminiscent of Pavement, Wilco, Sonic Youth, and The Pixies. So, if you like soft vocals, heavy guitar, and catchy drum beats mixed with early indie rock influence, this band is for you.

This band likely already has a strong fan base and after checking out Civilian, I am hoping to get a chance to see their live performance if I can squeeze them into what is already a packed Saturday during Forecastle.

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