Waxahatchee

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Waxahatchee
A black-and-white photo of Crutchfield playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Waxahatchee performing in 2012
Background information
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Genres Indie rock, Indie folk[1]
Years active 2010–Present
Labels Merge Records
Don Giovanni
Plan-It-X Records
Associated acts P.S. Eliot, The Ackleys, Swearin', Bad Banana, King Everything, Great Thunder
Members Katie Crutchfield, Jacob, Katherine Simonetti, Ashley Arnwine, Allison Crutchfield

Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by the American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama.[2]

History[edit]

While a member of P.S. Eliot, a band formed with her twin sister Allison, Crutchfield released her first music as Waxahatchee as a split cassette with Chris Clavin on Plan-It-X Records. Her bedroom-recorded debut album, American Weekend, was released on Don Giovanni Records in 2012.[3][4][5] Crutchfield wrote and recorded the album in one week at her family home in Birmingham, Alabama. Her lyrics focused on personal relationships, devastation and longing.[6]

The album garnered positive reviews and was named a top album of 2012 by Dusted magazine.[7] "Be Good" was a song of the day on National Public Radio,[8] and listed as one of the best 50 songs of 2012.[9] "Catfish" was featured in Welcome to Night Vale.

A second album, Cerulean Salt, was released in March 2013 on Don Giovanni Records in the United States and four months later on Wichita Recordings in the U.K.[10][11] The critically acclaimed album reached #1 on the Official Record Store Chart in July 2013 and scored 8.4 on Pitchfork.[12][13] Waxahatchee supported Tegan And Sara on their U.K. tour, before playing a headline U.K. tour in October that same year.[11][14]

Crutchfield signed to Merge Records which released her third album, Ivy Tripp, in April 2015.[15] Waxahatchee toured non-stop for the rest of 2015, including tours with Kurt Vile and the Violators and Sleater Kinney.

In 2017 Waxahatchee announced that they would be touring with The New Pornographers.[16]

Waxahatchee's fourth album Out in the Storm, was released on July 14, 2017 on Merge Records.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format
2012 American Weekend[17] Don Giovanni Records CD, 12" vinyl LP, download
2013 Cerulean Salt[18] Don Giovanni Records
2015 Ivy Tripp[19] Wichita Recordings / Merge Records
2017 Out in the Storm[20] Merge Records

Split cassette[edit]

  • Dragon (2011) (w/ Chris Clavin)[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beck, Tom (11 August 2015). "16 Reasons Philadelphia Is the Best Music City in the Country". Philadelphia Magazine. 
  2. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Rising: Waxahatchee". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Cauvel, Peter. "WAXAHATCHEE - American Weekend". Verbicide Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Waxahatchee playing shows, DBA tonight (dates & streams)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Bernardi, Joe. "Dusted Reviews: Waxahatchee American Weekend". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Twin Rock Dreams Prevail". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Listed: The Dusted Mid-Year Report (2012 Edition)". Dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Tyler-Ameen, Daoud. "Waxahatchee: A Love Song, Without The Love". Npr.org. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  9. ^ "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)". Npr.org. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt CD/LP out March 5th!". Dongiovannirecords.com. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  11. ^ a b "'Waxahatchee sign to Wichita, announce Tegan & Sara Support'". Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt | Album Reviews". Pitchfork.com. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  13. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official Record Store Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Waxahatchee Announces UK Tour + Cerulean Salt Out Now! « Wichita Recordings". Web.archive.org. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  15. ^ "Waxahatchee shares new album details Archive". Merge Records. Retrieved 12 Jan 2015. 
  16. ^ Yoo, Noah (2017-01-17). "The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee Announce Tour". Pitchfork. 
  17. ^ "Waxahatchee - American Weekend". Punknews.org. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Album Review: Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "News: Waxahatchee announce new album Ivy Tripp". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 12 Jan 2015. 
  20. ^ "News: Waxahatchee Announces 'Out In The Storm,' Shares Video For First Single". NPR. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Split by Waxahatchee and Chris Clavin". Rate Your Music. Somenic Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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