Shearwater – a new song from The Golden Archipelago, plus tour dates

Here’s a new song from Shearwater’s The Golden Archipelago (out Feb 15 UK / Feb 23 US). A haunting call to arms, it is entitled “Black Eyes:”

Black Eyes (192k mp3)


Photo by Kathryn Yu

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At the same time we can announce the Shearwater Spring US tour:

Sat 3/13 AUSTIN, TX – Red 7 (Jonathan Meiburg solo, supporting Xiu Xiu)
Wed 3/24 ATLANTA, GA – The Earl – with Wye Oak
Thu 3/25 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Local 506 – with Wye Oak
Fri 3/26 WASHINGTON, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel – with Wye Oak
Sat 3/27 NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom- with Wye Oak
Sun 3/28 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Johnny Brenda’s- with Wye Oak
Tue 3/30 BOSTON, MA – T.T. the Bears – with Wye Oak
Wed 3/31 MONTREAL, QC – La Sala Rosa – with Wye Oak
Thu 4/1 TORONTO, ON – Lee’s Palace – with Wye Oak
Fri 4/2 ITHACA, NY – Castaways – with Wye Oak
Sun 4/4 CHICAGO, IL – Lincoln Hall – with Wye Oak
Tue 4/6 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – 400 Bar – with Wye Oak
Wed 4/7 GRINNELL, IA – Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College – with Wye Oak
Thu 4/8 LAWRENCE, KS – Bottleneck – with Wye Oak
Fri 4/9 NORMAN, OK – The Opolis – with Wye Oak
Thu 4/22 PHOENIX, AZ – Rhythm Room
Fri 4/23 TUCSON, AZ – Club Congress
Sat 4/24 LOS ANGELES, CA – Spaceland
Sun 4/25 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
Tue 4/27 PORTLAND, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Wed 4/28 VANCOUVER, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Thu 4/29 SEATTLE, WA – Triple Door
Fri 4/30 PULLMAN, WA – The BellTower
Sat 5/1 BOISE, ID – Neurolux
Tue 5/4 DENVER, CO – The Walnut Room
Fri 5/7 AUSTIN, TX – The Parish


* Some more information on “Black Eyes.” Every track on The Golden Archipelago is associated with an island somewhere around the world, in this case the buried South Pacific city of Nan Madol, off the eastern shore of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. The name means “spaces between” – it was actually a series of artificial islands linked by a network of canals, and inhabited until about 1500 A.D. The city was gradually abandoned and exists today in a state of decay and can only be visited by governmental permission.

The band have completed work on the limited-edition dossier that explains and enlarges upon the themes of the album. Contents range from the national anthem of the displaced Bikini Atoll islanders to photos of isolated islands where animals remain unafraid of human beings. The dossier is 73 full-color 8 1/2 X 10″ sheets in a stamped envelope. You still have to the end of January to donate to secure your own copy (via