MP3: Shearwater
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2011

  • Posted by: Julianne Wagner

Sweltering in an intro that climbs both upward and tucks around you like quicksand, "Breaking the Yearlings" is the first single off Shearwater's new album Animal Joy. Jonathan Meiburg's gruff and newly hard-ass vocals lend a dark, ominous flavor strengthened by the growing density of mischievous keys, an organ with a shrill temper, serrated guitar and bass, and maddeningly good drumming by Thor Harris (residual potency due to his occupation as percussionist/hammerer behind the re-formed Swans). Keep an eye out for Shearwater (the name derived from a particular kind of "medium-sized long-winged seabirds") while they crash concretely into a revivalist pysch-rock sound.
Compare this latest with their previous work in the unforgettable and emotive performance we shot in 2008.

Animal Joy will be out February 14 on Sub Pop Records. The band will be on tour with Sharon Van Etten early next year. Peep their full tour schedule below. Shearwater 2012 Tour Dates: 02/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas * 02/11 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat * 02/12 - Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle * 02/14 - Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center * 02/15 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House * 02/16 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall * 02/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall * 02/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center * 02/21 - Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace * 02/22 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore * 02/23 - Boston, MA @ Paradise * 02/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * 02/25 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom * 03/28 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet 03/29 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique 03/30 - Brighton, UK @ Haunt 03/31 - Manchester, Uk @ Deaf Institute 04/01 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo 04/03 - London, UK @ Scala 04/04 - Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix 04/05 - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie 04/06 - Ddingen, CH @ Bad Bonn 04/08 - Gallen, CH @ Palace 04/09 - Milano, IT @ Bloom 04/10 - Rome, IT @ Circolo Degli Artisti 04/11 - Ravenna, IT @ Bronson 04/12 - Lubijana, SI @ Menza pri koritu 04/16 - Dresden, DE @ GrooveStation 04/17 - Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar 04/18 - Berlin, DE @ Comet 04.19 - Istanbul, TR @ Babylon 04/21 - Athens, GR @ AN Club * = w/ Sharon Van Etten
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