Tim Showalter of Strand Of Oaks and the original Magnolia Electric Co band have joined joined forces as Goshen Electric Co for a run of Jason Molina tribute shows across the UK and Europe over the next few weeks.
Better known as Strand of Oaks, Showalter’s reverence of Molina’s music made itself known first in the sprawling, aching centrepiece of 2014’s HEAL, “JM.” Now, Showalter’s turn at the helm of Magnolia Electric Co. (Mike Benner, Jason Evans Groth, Mikey Kapinus, Mark Rice, Peter Schreiner) comes ahead of the Goshen, In. native’s Memorial Electric Co. European tour.
Goshen Electric Co is Strand of Oak’s Tim Showalter’s nearly two decades-long love affair with Jason Molina’s craft, and just one half-day spent in the recording studio with the members of Magnolia Electric Co. Watch the official video for single ‘The Gray Tower.’ Watch below.
The 7-inch, featuring “The Gray Tower” b/w “Ring the Bell,” will be released November 2nd via Secretly Canadian. The single captures the eerie dichotomy of two of Molina’s deeper cuts, reimagining ‘The Gray Tower,’ a 2002 single, and ‘Ring the Bell,’ which appeared on both Songs: Ohia Didn’t It Rain (2002) and Magnolia Electric Co.’s Trials & Errors (2005). It’s a tribute to the enduring urgency of Molina’s songwriting.
The digital version of 7-in. will include an extended, nine-minute version of ‘Ring the Bell.’ The band will be selling copies of the record ahead of release on their forthcoming European tour, which kicks off next week.
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
Fri., Oct. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Bremen Teater
Sat., Oct. 6 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
Pre-order “The Gray Tower” b/w “Ring the Bell” –