Wye Oak (band)

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Wye Oak
Wye Oak 2014.jpg
Wye Oak in 2014
Background information
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Indie rock, indie folk, newgaze
Years active 2006–present
Labels Merge Records
Website www.wyeoakmusic.com

Wye Oak is an American indie rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland, United States, composed of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars, and as of recently, bass).[1] Andy Sack's parents originally hail from Tramore , Co. Waterford, Ireland, a fact he likes to share during gigs.Their sound has been described as "earnest folk-influenced indie rock with touches of noise and dream pop".[2] Wasner sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, while Stack plays both drums and keyboards, playing the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand.[3][4]

The band was formed as Monarch in mid-2006,[1] before changing their name to Wye Oak, a reference to the former state tree of their home state of Maryland. They released their first album If Children independently in 2007 and subsequently signed to Merge Records in 2008. The label re-released If Children that year, and a second album, The Knot, followed in 2009.[5]

The album Civilian was released in March 2011 via Merge Records in the US and City Slang in Europe. An edited version of the title track was featured in the trailer for the second season of The Walking Dead and also the closing scene of the second season episode "18 Miles Out." It is also featured in the final scene of the 13th episode of the North American remake of Being Human. A new album, Shriek, was released in April 2014.


Wye Oak at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.
Wye Oak at Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado.
  • If Children (independently released in 2007) – 2008
  • The Knot – 2009
  • My Neighbor / My Creator (EP) – 2010
  • Civilian – 2011
  • Shriek - 2014[6]

In other media[edit]

Television series[edit]

Song Show title Episode title
"Civilian" The Walking Dead 18 Miles Out
"Civilian" Being Human A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Me Killing You
"Civilian" Underbelly: Badness Thy Will Be Done
"Civilian" One Tree Hill The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul


Song Movie
"Civilian" Safety Not Guaranteed
"Civilian" The Odd Way Home


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Wye Oak". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  2. ^ Powell, Mike (25 April 2008). "If Children Album Review". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Newby, Tim (29 June 2009). "Band of the Week: Wye Oak". Paste magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Matt (15 October 2009). "Untying The Knot with Wye Oak". NPR. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Powell, Mike (21 July 2009). "The Knot – Album Review". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ McGovern, Kyle (30 October 2013). "Wye Oak Embrace Reinvention, Abandon Guitar on Upcoming Fourth Album". Spin.com. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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