Wye Oak visited Maxwell's for the first on Friday, bringing with them the good times vibes and dreamy folk tunes. This is my third time around with them and I've liked them more every time. The first time I saw them at CMJ 2008, I was not into them at all. Then they eventually released The Knot and they figured out what band they are -- cool melodies, low-key attitude and more emphasis on the vocals of Jenn Wasner. She's turning into one of the better voices in indie rock.
Last year, they released Civilian, which the Onion A.V. Club named their album of the year. I do agree with them that the album grows on you at every listen. They seem to escape from their alt-folk roots to bring in more dissonant, edgier guitar licks cutting against some quiet, introspective passages. It's one of the easiest albums to like in that its never dull and there's always some aspect to latch onto. I just love the overall atmosphere.
The Baltimore duo have a great quality in their live shows have a full sound for just being two people. Andy Stack does double duty with drumming and working the electronics. Jenn is un-flashy as the lead singer/guitarist, which lends it's lends itself to their easy-going sound. She ended the show with "Doubt" and that left everybody in awe. The most excitement she generated is when she stormed off the stage, leaving us wondering what was wrong. I thought somebody in crowded was talking to loud or she had to pee. Nope, she forgot her guitar capo. The look on Andy's face when he looked over to see nobody there was priceless.
They finished up their East Coast tour this weekend, before heading over to the UK for ATP Somerset in December. They played a couple of new tunes during the night, which means a new material is in the works.
Wye Oak's BFFs Callers joined them on this tour. Big things are happening for the locals as this fall, they will head off to Europe to tour with Dirty Projectors. They did well on their set. Their sound is a little groovy, jammy based pop sound with some angelic vocals.