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Live Review: Wye Oak At Hoxton Bar & Kitchen In London on 16 Jun

By | Published on Wednesday 22 June 2011

Wye Oak

“Thanks for making my whiskey dreams come true, y’all”. The opening lines from Baltimore-bred Jenn Wasner. Sipping unashamedly on a tumbler of bourbon, Wasner and bandmate Andy Stack stare wide eyed into the packed Hoxton venue, clearly overwhelmed by the huge, adoring crowd present tonight.

The duo (Wasner on guitar/vocals and Stack on drums/keys) form indie-folk outfit Wye Oak, the next band getting all those A&R types posting mysterious messages on Twitter, demanding we listen to this music, but without actually revealing who exactly it is we should all be listening to. You should however, believe the hype.

Playing tracks predominantly from their debut LP, ‘Civilian’, Wye Oak seem to be able to induce the crowd into some sort of trance. Audience members are obsessed, taking photo after photo and filming every second. Wasner croons like KD Lang did back in the 1990s, standing glowingly on stage as Stack offers nods of guidance to his bandmate, bursting into the individual tracks with his stature beats and surf pop synth sounds.

After another couple of shots of whiskey Wasner stands alone on stage, strumming like it’s the last time she’ll ever play the guitar. She stands fulfilled and the audience leave, perplexed. FL