Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Meet Jenn Wasner - Founding Member of Wye Oak

Photo: Dan Stack
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

"We were bums without jobs or anything to do, so we decided to form a band." Wye Oak's lead singer, Jenn Wasner giggles. "We really didn't want to do the typical acoustic stripped down duo type of band. It was really important to us that we had a range. Andy pretty much brainstormed his whole set up. I was pretty skeptical that he could pull it off. He wanted to create this whole bass drum thing. He disappeared into his basement for months and finally emerged with this instrument and was like, "Check it out! I can do it." And we had a band." Three years later, these unemployed bums have emerged as one of the most interesting bands out of Baltimore in a long time. Their hypnotizing vocals and hazy shoegaze melodies soon attracted the ears of Merge Records and the band took off.

Their sophomore album, The Knot, was actually Andy Stack's senior thesis at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country where he is a recording major. He and Jenn recorded the whole thing in his grandfather's house and in their living room. We caught up with Jenn last night to talk about their odd recording process and her love affair with her guitar. Here is some of what was said.

Wye Oak - I Don't Feel Young