This year, Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks gets to step into the role of one of his heroes — singer-songwriter Jason Molina, who wrote profoundly moving music in aughties outfits Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company. After Molina passed away in 2013, Showalter wrote the epic “J.M.” in tribute to him, a central track on Oaks’ 2014 album HEAL, and this fall he teamed up with the surviving members of Molina’s band to tour Europe as Memorial Electric Co.
Before he hits the road with MEC — which features Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, Jason Evans Groth, Mikey Kapinus, Mark Rice, Peter Schreiner — Showalter brought the band to Philadelphia to record two songs, and they will be released as a 7″ single on November 2nd. Below, watch a video for “The Gray Tower,” a soaring expanse originally heard on Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain LP, and grab a pre-order of the 7″ from Secretly Canadian. The single also includes “Ring The Bell” from Magnolia Electric Co.’s 2005 album Trials and Errors; cover art and EU tour dates can be found below.
Memorial Electric Co. Tour Dates:
Mon., Sept. 24 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue., Sept. 25 – Dublin, IR @ Tivoli Theatre
Thu., Sept. 27 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
Fri., Sept 28 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
Sat., Sept. 29 – Haarlam, NL @ Patronaat
Sun., Sept. 30 – Utretcht, NL @ EKKO
Tue., Oct. 2 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Wed., Oct. 3 – Stockholm, SE @ Södra Teatern
Thu., Oct. 4 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Fri., Oct. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Bremen Teater
Sat., Oct. 6 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
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