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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