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Strand of Oaks announces new album, Hard Love, shares video for “Radio Kids” — watch

Plus, a batch of US and European tour dates for early 2017

photo by philip cosores

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Indie rocker Timothy Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, is gearing up to return with a new album called Hard Love. Due out February 17th through Dead Oceans, it serves as his fourth LP overall following 2014’s stellar HEAL.

    The nine-track effort was born following a year spent relentlessly touring behind HEAL — including captivating sets at Newport Folk Festival, Primavera, and Governors Ball. For the sessions, Showalter tapped producer Nicolas Vernhes (Speedy Ortiz, Dirty Projectors) to help him capture a “loose, hedonistic vibe.”

    “In a time of calculation and overthinking, I wanted to bring back the raw, impulsive nature that is the DNA of so many records I love,” Showalter explained in a press statement. “Some records are built like monuments, set in stone. I want this record to be burned in effigy, in celebration of the limited time we have on this earth.”

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    Our first peek at Hard Love comes courtesy of “Radio Kids”, a fuzzy, impassioned cut that calls to mind the alternative rock of the ’90s. Check it out below via its Christopher Good-directed video, which features some cool looking headbanging.

    Hard Love Artwork:

    hard-love-strand-oaks-album

    Hard Love Tracklist:
    01. Hard Love
    02. Radio Kids
    03. Everything
    04. Salt Brothers
    05. On the Hill
    06. Cry
    07. Quit It
    08. Rest of It
    09. Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother

    In support, Showalter has lined up a lengthy 2017 tour that will take him across the US and Europe.

    Strand of Oaks 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
    12/01 – Arden, DE @ The Gild Hall
    12/02-04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    12/11 – Brussels, BE @ AB-Huis 23
    02/25 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
    02/26 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
    02/27 – Brussels, BE @ AB-Box
    02/28 – London, UK @ Oslo
    03/01 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
    03/02 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
    03/03 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
    03/04 – Oostende, BE @ De Zwerver
    03/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
    03/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    03/12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
    03/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    03/15 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
    03/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
    03/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
    03/18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    03/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
    03/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
    03/23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
    03/24 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    03/25 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
    03/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    03/28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
    03/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    03/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    04/01 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
    04/03 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    04/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Indoor
    04/05 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    04/07 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    04/08 – Tallahassee, FL @ Word of South Festival
    04/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    04/10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

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