Forthcoming album the
followup to 2007’s Everyday I Said a
Prayer for Kathy and Made a One
By Blurt Staff
The beloved Massachusetts
group Wheat’s last album was 2007’s Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made
a One Inch Square, for the Empyrean label, and although an EP was
mooted for last year, it never materialized, making this forthcoming project as
well as the reissues hotly anticipated. Read on….
Wheat plans a reissue of their two first records – “Medeiros”
and “Hope and Adams.” The
double CD also includes a third bonus disc, titled “30 Minute Theatrik” featuring
unreleased songs and demos.
Wheat entered the scene with their 1998 debut, “Medeiros” (produced by Brian Deck, pre-Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine). The album hit
big across the pond where NME named “Death Car” as Single of the Week and a
limited-edition seven-inch sold out within days.
The follow up, “Hope and Adams,” secured
the band’s place in indie-rock history with its “melodic poise and
impressive ache” (Rolling Stone). Or, as our
friends at Magnet observed, “If the off-kilter,
impressionistic feel of “Medeiros”
was ambitious, Hope and Adams’ sense
of cinematic abandon is profound.” The expansive Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips,
Mercury Rev)-produced album made numerous End of Year lists.
After releasing only one major-label record “Per Second, Per Second, Per Second-Every Second” (Aware/Columbia),
the band became disenchanted with the major label process and retreated. After
avoiding the spotlight for a few years, Wheat are preparing to re-emerge in 2009
with a new record entitled “White Ink, Black Ink.”
The band will be playing new tracks at Brooklyn’s Union Hall on February 12th and at South By Southwest, with “White Ink, Black Ink” to be
released later in the year.