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17 February, 2017Print

Strand Of Oaks' "Raw and Forthcoming" 'Hard Love' Out Today

"Incredible...channels intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis." -- Stereogum
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Strand Of Oaks' "raw and forthcoming" (Consequence Of Sound) new album 'Hard Love' is out today on Dead Oceans. The highly anticipated follow up to 2014's 'HEAL' finds bandleader Tim Showalter caught between his hedonistic pursuit of rock 'n' roll transcendence and the mature demands of domestic life. With help from producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Spoon), 'Hard Love' harnesses Showalter's unrelenting energy and channels it into nine of the most incendiary, ambitious songs in Strand Of Oaks' discography.

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The record is already garnering high marks. Stereogum calls it "incredible" and praises its ability to "channel intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis." Bandcamp Daily named it an Album Of The Day, while the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed Strand Of Oaks "one of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance."

Strand Of Oaks will tour extensively in 2017, with dates throughout Europe and the United States, including Boston Calling in May and dates with Jason Isbell. They will also be returning to Australia in April to perform at The Boogie Festival, which inspired 'Hard Love' track "On The Hill." See below for a full list of dates.


"Incredible...channels intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis." -- Stereogum


"One of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance" - Philadelphia Inquirer


"Anthemic...the kind of song you want to listen to over and over." -- NPR Music on "Radio Kids"


"Hard Love is easy to adore." -- Magnet


"Raw and forthcoming." - Consequence of Sound


"Sounds like Primal Scream channeling Loaded-era Velvets." - The Independent


"Nine assured, sprawling new songs...visceral, potent." -- Line Of Best Fit


"Irresistibly surging." -- Uncut


"Hard Love is a fitting combination of uplifting declarations, somber introspection and ne'er-do-well rambunctiousness...breathes new life into good ol' rock'n'roll." -- Exclaim


"Akin to a garage band with a penchant for hallucinogens and an experimental tilt...ambitious, artistically unapologetic." -- Pop Matters


"Forthright, lionhearted...shot through with an underlying spirit of hope." - Bandcamp Daily, Album Of The Day

'Hard Love' Tracklist:

1. Hard Love

2. Radio Kids

3. Everything

4. Salt Brothers

5. The Hill

6. Cry

7. Rest Of It

8. Quit It

9. Taking Acid and Talking To My Brother

US Tour Dates:

March 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

March 11 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

March 12 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

March 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

March 15 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

March 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

March 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

March 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

March 19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee

March 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

March 23 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett

March 24 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos

March 25 - Portland, OR @ Dante's

March 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

March 28 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

March 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

March 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

April 1 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

April 3 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links

April 4 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Indoor

April 5 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues - Bronze Peacock

April 7 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

April 8 - Tallahassee, FL @ Word Of South Festival

April 9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

April 10 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

May 04 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)

May 06 - Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex (w/ Jason Isbell)

May 26 - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling

May 27 - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling

May 28 - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling

July 21 - Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)

July 22 - Saint Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre (w/ Jason Isbell)

July 23 - North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts (w/ Jason Isbell)


February 25 - Berlin, D @ Privat Club

February 26 - Utrecht, NL @ Ekko

February 27 - Brussels, B @ AB - Box

February 28 - London, UK @ Oslo

March 1 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

March 2 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell

March 3 - Brighton, UK @ Patterns

March 4 - Oostende, B @ De Zwerver

March 5 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord


April 13 - Melbourne, VIC @ The Curtin

April 14 - Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival

April 15 - Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival

April 20 - Brisbane, QLD @ Black Bear Lodge

April 22 - Tanunda, SA @ Silver Raven


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