Electrified indie-folk trio Wye Oak sold out Neumos on July 15th. The group was founded by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, formerly of Baltimore, MD. Their 2018 album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, was recorded between their current cities of Marfa, TX, and Durham, NC.
Both Stack and Wasner are skilled multi-instrumentalists—often playing them simultaneously during their live shows. Wasner belted out vocals and alternated between her signature black-and-white guitars and keyboard, Stack played drums and electronics, and new member Will Hackney was on electric bass. The group played an energetic long set with no encore.
Wasner’s left-tricep tattoo (<< << >> >>) might look familiar if you were at Marymoor Park yesterday. Headlining group Sylvan Esso are frequent collaborators and friends of Wye Oak, and the bands got the same tattoos while touring together.
The evening opened with Oakland singer–songwriter Madeline Kenney and her band. Her release, Perfect Shapes, features Wye Oak’s Wasner and Stack. Kenney is originally from Redmond, WA, and her parents were in attendance.