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With their unique name and even more distinctive sound, Okkervil River is hoping to hit it big with their sixth release. The album, "I Am Very Far," will be released this May, 2011. Okkervil River tour dates have been scheduled at over 25 international dates this Summer, 2011.
The band formed in Austin, Texas during the late '90s, but has its origins at a New Hampshire boarding school. The original group featured frontman Will Sheff, Zach Thomas on bass, and Seth Warren on drums. They self-released the "Bedroom EP" in 1998 and a sophomore EP entitled "Stairs Too Small to Use," in 1999. The sophomore set caught the attention of producers at the SXSW music festival and they were added to the 2000 lineup.
The SXSW festival garnered them Indie cred, and they were approached by independent imprint, Jagjaguwar, for a recording contract. The label released their debut LP, "Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See," in 2002. The band was invited back to perform at SXSW the same year and then recorded their sophomore LP, "Down the River of Golden Dreams," in San Francisco which was released in 2003. Okkervil River tour dates were booked on a national tour and they added a new drummer and a keyboardist to their lineup.
The band reached critical success and limited commercial success with their third release, "Black Sheep Boy." The album's title was taken from folk-singer, Tim Hardin's '60s hit of the same name, and was received warmly by critics across the board. Released in 2005, the album was ranked as Pitchfork Music's 176th best album of the 2000s and secured them a major label deal with Virgin/EMI for their European releases. They quickly released their fourth album, "The Stage Names," in 2007 which debuted at #62 on the Billboard 200. They topped this success with their fifth album, "The Stand Ins" which debuted at #42 in 2008. Since then, the Okkervil River concert schedule has kept the band quite busy, as have other side projects.
In 2009, Okkervil River concert dates were scheduled nationally and they booked performances on the late shows of David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. Frontman, Will Sheff has also kept busy recording solo material and working on albums for other musicians, most notably for Norah Jones. Sheff and Meiburg also found time to release six albums under the moniker, "Shearwater," which also received critical success within the indie-folk-rock scene.
With their side projects on hold, Okkervil River will be returning with a new album and a global tour this May, 2011. Their sixth album, "I Am Very Far," will be released on May 10, 2011 and will feature eleven new tracks. The 2011 Okkervil River concert schedule will kick off in North Carolina on May 16th, and the band is scheduled to perform at 26 dates throughout North America and Europe throughout the summer. Okkervil River has been working hard at perfecting their folk-rock sound for over a decade. Make sure you support them while they are on tour; Use Eventful as your source for Okkervil River tour dates and venue information.