Jenn Wasner

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Jenn Wasner
Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak 02 - Immergut Festival 2014.jpg
Wasner performing in Germany in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Lynn Wasner
Also known asFlock of Dimes
Born (1986-04-16) April 16, 1986 (age 32)[1]
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
GenresIndie rock, electronic, synthpop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboard
Years active2003-present
LabelsMerge Records, Partisan Records
Associated actsWye Oak, Dirty Projectors, Dungeonesse, Future Islands, Sylvan Esso , Flock of Dimes
WebsiteOfficial website

Jenn Wasner (stage name: Flock of Dimes) is one of the founding members of the band Wye Oak, from Baltimore, Maryland. Along with her friend Andy Stack, they have performed on tour with notable bands such as The National and The Decemberists.[2] Wasner has completed numerous other music projects as well, including a solo project entitled Flock of Dimes, and a collaboration called Dungeonesse with Jon Ehrens of White Life and Art Department.

Early life[edit]

Wasner was born on April 16, 1986 in Baltimore, Maryland.[3] She began singing at an early age with her mother, and eventually started taking classical piano lessons at the around the age of five.[4] At the age of twelve, her mom taught her how to play guitar, which led to the beginning of her songwriting career.[4] By high school, Wasner had met Andy Stack, and begun playing music together. She continued to write music while away at college.[5]

Music career[edit]

Wasner performing in Wye Oak.

After college, Wasner moved to the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore.[6] Together with Stack, they formed a band under the name "Monarch", which was soon changed to be Wye Oak after the state tree of Maryland.[2] After the release of their highly regarded work, Civilian in 2011, the group toured in the United States and Europe. Civilian was named the best album of 2011 by The A.V. Club, and was featured on television in the popular series The Walking Dead and in the film, Safety Not Guaranteed.

When Wasner returned to Maryland in 2012 after touring with Dirty Projectors, she began work on the solo project, "Flock of Dimes" which experimented with new synths and electronic beats. The next year, she worked with Jon Ehrens of the Baltimore-pop group, White Life, on a new project labeled Dungeonesse.[7]

Stack and Wasner reunited to create the fifth major album Shriek, released in April 2014.

In 2016, Wasner is featured in a new concert series taking place at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport, where she will perform at the baggage claim of the terminal.[8]

Discography[edit]

Wasner performing as Flock of Dimes at BWI Airport in February 2016.

Dungeonesse[edit]

Flock of Dimes[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Curtain" b/w "Apparition" (7" single) - 2012
  • Prison Bride (7" single) - 2012
  • "(This is Why) I Can't Wear White" / "15" - 2012
  • "Semaphore" (7" single) - (2016, Track 5 on If You See Me, Say Yes)
  • "Everything is Happening Today" (7" single) - (2016, Track 4 on If You See Me, Say Yes)
  • "Don't Dream It's Over / Everything is Free" (7" single) ft. Sylvan Esso - 2016

Wye Oak[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Destroyer / Wye Oak split 7" single with Destroyer (2008, Merge Records)
  • My Neighbor / My Creator 12"/CD EP (2010, Merge Records)
  • "Strangers" 7" single (2011, Merge Records)
  • "Spiral" digital single (2011, Adult Swim)
  • "Trigger Finger" 7" single (2015, Joyful Noise Recordings)

Personal life[edit]

Wasner has lived in Durham, North Carolina since moving from her native city of Baltimore in 2015.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Gardner (April 13, 2011). "Mighty". Archived from the original on 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  2. ^ a b Brandon Weigel (April 23, 2014). "Springtime For Wye Oak". Archived from the original on 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ "Wye Oak Interview (w/ Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner)". Auralstates.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Meet Jenn Wasner - Founding Member of Wye Oak". Laist.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Jenn Wasner, Wye Oak". March 25, 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  6. ^ "ORANJE PREVIEW : Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak". Myoldkentuckyblog.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner Announces Debut Dungeonesse Album, Shares New Track". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Jenn Wasner, other Baltimore musicians to perform at BWI Airport". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  9. ^ Hussey, Allison. "For Her Joyful Electro-Pop Project Flock of Dimes to Flourish, Jenn Wasner Had to Learn to Be Alone". Indyweek.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs Album Review". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.