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, nu gaze
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] 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 was also featured in the final scene of the 13th episode of the North American remake of Being Human, as well as the final scene of the Longmire season 4 finale "What Happens on the Rez...".[6]

The band's fourth album, Shriek, was released in April 2014.[7]


Wye Oak at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.
Wye Oak at Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado.

Studio albums[edit]

  • If Children (2007, self-released; 2008, Merge Records)
  • The Knot (2009, Merge Records)
  • Civilian (2011, Merge Records)
  • Shriek (2014, Merge Records)

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)

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
"Civilian" Longmire What happens of the Rez. (season 4 finale)


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. ^ tunefind (10 September 2015). "Music from Longmire". tunefind. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  7. ^ 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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