Stream Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium


    Austin, TX’s Okkervil River are streaming their seventh and latest album, The Silver Gymnasium, one week ahead of it’s September 3rd release from ATO Records. Take a listen over at NPR.

    The follow-up to 2011’s I Am Very Far, The Silver Gymnasium is set in lead singer/songwriter Will Sheff’s home town of Meriden, NH around 1986, the year Sheff was 10. The record is steeped in Sheff’s own autobiographical childhood, and that theme has spread to much of the promotional material for the album. There’s the lyric video featuring a historic theater set in Plainfield, NH; the interactive map of the Meriden of ’86; and the RPG video game featuring chiptune versions of The Silver Gymnasium tracks.

    The era has seeped into Okkervil River’s sound as well. Synthesizers are more prevalent than ever, and there are nods to 80’s Bruce Springsteen. Even the lyrics are loaded with nostalgic references, from Atari to the not-so-simple facts of growing up in New England. Produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze), the recollections of Sheff’s past serve only to drive forward his band in an endeavor that’s as vital as any album in Okkervil River’s catalog.


    Pre-orders of the album are now on-going. Find the lyric video for “It Was My Season” and Okkervil River’s upcoming tour dates below.

    The Silver Gymnasium Tracklist:
    01. It Was My Season
    02. On a Balcony
    03. Down Down the Deep River
    04. Pink-Slips
    05. Lido Pier Suicide Car
    06. Where the Spirit Left Us
    07. White
    08. Stay Young
    09. Walking Without Frankie
    10. All the Time Every Day
    11. Black Nemo

    Okkervil River 2013 Tour Dates:
    09/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
    09/19 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
    09/20 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
    09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    09/23-24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    09/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
    09/27 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
    09/28 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
    09/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
    10/01 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
    10/02 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution
    10/04-06 – Austin City Limits, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/11-13 – Austin City Limits, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/18 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
    10/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
    10/24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    10/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    10/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
    11/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    11/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro


    * = w/ Pickwick and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears