Shearwater (band)


Shearwater (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Shearwater


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Origin = Austin, Texas
Genre = Indie rock, Psych folk, Folk rock
Years_active = 2001–present [web cite |url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/42179-interview-shearwater |title=Interview: Shearwater |author=Crock, Jason |publisher=Pitchfork Media|date=2007-04-24]
Label = Misra Records Matador Records
Associated_acts = Okkervil River
URL = [http://www.shearwatermusic.com/ Official site]
Current_members = Jonathan Meiburg Kimberly Burke Thor Harris
Past_members = Will Sheff Howard Draper
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Shearwater is an indie rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1999 [ [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/42179-interview-shearwater] ] by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff.

History

Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, who began their collaboration as members of the critically lauded Okkervil River, founded Shearwater in 2001 as an outlet for quieter songs on which the two were working.

Shearwater's debut, "The Dissolving Room", introduced Meiburg's now ex-wife Kim Burke on upright bass; shortly after, drummer and vibraphonist Thor Harris joined the band.

The addition of multi-instrumentalist Howard Draper plus tours and support dates with The Mountain Goats, Akron/Family and Blonde Redhead brought them exposure. Shearwater developed their music through several initial albums such as "Everybody Makes Mistakes" and "Winged Life", as well as the "Thieves" EP.

In May 2006, Shearwater released their fourth full-length album, "Palo Santo", to much acclaim from critics and fans. [ [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/shearwater-palo-santo/ Shearwater: Palo Santo - PopMatters Music Review ] ] On April 10, 2007, Shearwater, now signed on to Matador Records, re-released a 2-disc edition of "Palo Santo" with bonus and re-recorded tracks from the original album.

On February 26, 2008, Matador Records announced that their new album, "Rook", would be released on June 3, 2008. [ [http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/?p=1275 Coming June 3 - Shearwater's "Rook"] . Matador Records] The first single, "Rooks", is available for free as an MP3 from their record label. [ [http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/?p=1275] ]

More information

*Meiburg is a graduate student in ornithology, the study of birds. Shearwater is the name of a type of medium-sized seabird that is also shown on the cover of "Winged Life".

Discography

Albums

*"The Dissolving Room" - 2001 / Grey Flat
*"Everybody Makes Mistakes" - 2002 / Misra
*"Winged Life" - 2004 / Misra
*"Palo Santo" - 2006 / Misra
*"Rook - 2008

plit albums

*"Sham Wedding/Hoax Funeral" - 2004 / Jound / CD Split with Okkervil River

EPs

*"Thieves" - 2005 / Misra / EP

ee also

*Okkervil River

References

External links

* [http://www.shearwatermusic.com Official website]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5324264 NPR Song of the Day]
* [http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2006-05-12/music_feature.html Austin Chronicle Feature]
* [http://auralstates.com/2008/06/interview-jonathan-meiburg-of-shearwater.html Interview with Jonathan Meiburg] at Aural States, June 2008


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