Last year indie rock band Wednesday shared "Bull Believer," an nine-minute epic that positioned the band as both impressively ambitious and intimate storytellers alike. Today the band have confirmed details of a new studio album, Rat Saw God. The record is due April 7 via Dead Oceans (home to Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, and Japanese Breakfast among others). Lead single "Chosen To Deserve" is streaming below. Additionally, Wednesday have announced a huge tour that will take them across North America and into Europe throughout the first half of this year.
Speaking in a statement, Wednesday's Karly Hartzman says "Chosen To Deserve" is, "a writing exercise I gave myself to try to recreate the iconic song by Drive-By Truckers 'Let There Be Rock' but with my own experiences from growing up and fucking around and getting into stupid shit. The video directed by Spencer Kelly shows the setting of my upbringing and antics: my parents' neighborhood in Greensboro, NC and Lake Myers RV Resort."
Rat Saw God will be Wednesday's fifth album and their first since Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling 'em Up, a 2022 covers album featuring their take on songs by Smashing Pumpkins and Gary Stewart among others. Prior to that they released Yep Definitely, (2018), I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone (2020) and Twin Plagues (2021). Guitarist MJ Lenderman released his solo album Boat Songs last year, too.
Rat Saw God tracklist:
1. "Hot Grass Smell"
2. "Bull Believer"
3. "Got Shocked "
4. "Formula One"
5. "Chosen To Deserve"
6. "Bath County"
8. "Turkey Vultures"
9. "What's So Funny"
10. "TV in the Gas Pump"
Wednesday tour dates:
April 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
April 27 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn *
April 28 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa *
April 30 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
May 1 - Austin, TX - The Ballroom *
May 3 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar *
May 4 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom !
May 6 - San Francisco, CA - Independent *
May 8 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
May 9 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret *
May 10 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
May 11 - Spokane, WA - Lucky You Lounge *
May 13 - Boise, ID - The Shredder *~
May 12-14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Block Party
May 15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
May 17 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
May 18 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
May 19 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingers Rock N Roll Chicken Shack *
May 20 - Memphis, TN - Growlers *
May 21 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
May 27 - Berlin, DE - Schokoladen
May 28 - Groningen, NL - Vera
May 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs
May 31 - Brussels, BE - Witlof Bar
June 1 - Paris, FR - L’International
June 3 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
June 5 - Manchester, UK - YES Basement
June 6 - London, UK - Lexington
June 7 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade
June 9 - Porto, PT - Primavera Sound
June 10 - Madrid, ES - Primavera Sound
June 15 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre #
June 16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
June 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer @#
June 18 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
June 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
June 21 - Cambridge, MA - Sinclair #
June 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz #
June 23 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern #
June 24 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme %
June 26 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
June 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
June 28 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club #
June 30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups #
July 1 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel #
* w/ Cryogeyser
! w/ Toner
# w/ Tenci
% w/ Advance Base
@ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Mannequin Pussy