Wye Oak are a two piece from Baltimore, made up of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. They've been collaborating musically since they were teenagers. Wye Oak has existed as a band since 2007 and is reaching some sort of maturity. They're about to release a third album 'Civilian', on the well respected Merge label in the US with a new European deal via City Slang.
I caught them live at Koko, opening for Cold War Kids. Their music has epic melodies, galloping high above valleys filled with squalling clouds of noise and feedback. The new songs take the intimate buzz of the first two records to a whole new, more confident place. They have clearly worked out who they are on stage. Opening is both a great and rubbish place to be. The remarkable thing tonight was that with one minute to go, the audience were lolly-gagging, waiting for other heroes. Two songs into a set of largely unheard songs, the crowd were up and interested.
I met Jan and Andy after their set, in a dressing room crammed up high in the backstage.
I've talked to these guys before which makes it both better and worse. I confessed to having prepared some questions and was immediately met with their piss taking version of a journalist "What's it like being a duo? - Where did you get your name?" all delivered in dumb-ass voices. Oh well, so much for preparation. They mentioned Wikipedia and when I confessed to familiarity with their entry, was met with gales of laughter. We eventually got to some sort of interview.