Hear Strand of Oaks' Hermetic Rock Catharsis 'Shut In'

Timothy Showalter's Dead Oceans debut, 'HEAL,' arrives June 24

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Strand of Oaks' Tim Showalter Dustin Condren
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Camille Dodero

Strand of Oaks is the recording identity of Timothy Showalter, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter with the grooming of a lion. Last December, the native Hoosier signed with Dead Oceans for his fourth record, the intensely personal HEAL, and that Secretly Canadian Group label debut comes out June 24.

HEAL's second single, "Shut In," available today on iTunes, is a glorious ode to the hope of recovery. "It's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy," Showalter says regarding the record's thematic title in press materials. "I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better." You can hear that catharsis in this triumphant roots-rock anthem, a self-examined purge that matches Springsteen's phrasing with the Replacements' wounded alt-rock existence. Listen to "Shut In" below and scroll down for Strand of Oaks summer tour dates.

Strand of Oaks tour dates:

June 21 - Chicago, IL @ XRT's First Impression Concert Series @ Hideout
June 26 - New York, NY @Mercury Lounge
August 7 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
August 8 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground - Lounge *
August 9 - Montreal, Canada @ Il Motore *
August 11 - Toronto, Canada @ The Drake *
August 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
August 14 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub *
August 15 - Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording *
August 16 - Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage *
August 18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
August 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
August 21 - St Louis, MO @Off Broadway *
August 22 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
August 23 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *
August 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
August 26 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *
August 27 - Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret *
August 28 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
August 30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
August 31 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
September 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
September 4 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
September 5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit *
September 7 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
September 9 - Austin, TX @ Lamberts *
September 10 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
September 11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
September 12 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
September 13 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook *
September 14 - Washington, D.C. @ DC9 *
September 19 - Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle *

* = with Chris Denny 

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