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Waxahatchee performing at Fairgrounds Festival in Berry, New South Wales, 2018.
Background information
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Years active2010–present
Labels Merge Records
Don Giovanni
Plan-It-X Records
Associated acts
MembersKatie Crutchfield
Katherine Simonetti
Ashley Arnwine
Allison Crutchfield

Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, previously a member of P.S. Eliot. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama, where Crutchfield grew up. [2] Originally an acoustic solo project, her recordings tend to now involve a backing band and the music has increasingly more often been performed in this way. Crutchfield, as Waxahatchee, has released 4 albums to date; American Weekend (2012), Cerulean Salt (2013), Ivy Tripp (2015), and Out in the Storm (2017).

Independent music is music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. The term indie is sometimes used to describe a genre, and as a genre term, "indie" may include music that is not independently produced, and many independent music artists do not fall into a single, defined musical style or genre and create self-published music that can be categorized into diverse genres. The term ‘indie’ or ‘independent music’ can be traced back to as early as the 1920’s after it was first used to reference independent film companies but was later used as a term to classify an independent band or record producer.

P.S. Eliot was a pop punk band formed in 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama by twin sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield (drums). They released two albums: Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds (2009) and Sadie (2011), both on Salinas Records. After the band broke up in 2011, both members pursued their own musical projects: Katie started Waxahatchee and Allison started Swearin'. The band reunited in June 2016 for a tour, which took place the following September.

Waxahatchee Creek is a 21.7-mile-long (34.9 km) tributary of the lower Coosa River near Shelby, Alabama. It forms the southeastern border between Shelby County and Chilton County, where it is crossed by Alabama State Route 145. The lower reaches of Waxahatchee Creek are broad and popular with water skiers and recreational boaters. Several resort camps and marinas are located on the creek, and anglers have found the submerged forests of the middle to upper creek are favorite spots for largemouth bass. The channel is known for crappie. In the upper creek, the water grows very shallow, but there are "holes" of deep water where bluegill and bream are plentiful.



While a member of P.S. Eliot, a band formed with her twin sister Allison, Crutchfield released her first music as Waxahatchee as a split cassette with Chris Clavin on Plan-It-X Records. Her bedroom-recorded debut album, American Weekend , was released on Don Giovanni Records in 2012. [3] [4] [5] Crutchfield wrote and recorded the album in one week at her family home in Birmingham, Alabama. Her lyrics focused on personal relationships, devastation and longing. [6]

Chris Clavin is a musician and record label owner from Indiana, USA, with a strict DIY (do-it-yourself) punk ethic. He has been involved in numerous punk bands and ran Plan-It-X Records, a label founded in 1994.

Plan-It-X Records

Plan-It-X Records was an independent record label. Originally based in Georgetown, Indiana, PIX was based out of Bloomington, Indiana following brief stints in Olympia, Washington, Gainesville, Florida, and Cairo, Illinois. The label released folk punk and pop punk music, including Against Me!'s Crime As Forgiven By, other notable albums by This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, Defiance, Ohio, Ghost Mice, Japanther, The Bananas, Operation: Cliff Clavin, and Antsy Pants, and re-released albums by Fifteen, among others.

<i>American Weekend</i> 2012 studio album by Waxahatchee

American Weekend is the debut album of Waxahatchee. The album was released by Don Giovanni Records in 2012.

The album garnered positive reviews and was named a top album of 2012 by Dusted magazine. [7] "Be Good" was a song of the day on National Public Radio, [8] and listed as one of the best 50 songs of 2012. [9] "Catfish" was featured in Welcome to Night Vale .

<i>Welcome to Night Vale</i> podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within it. The series was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Published by Night Vale Presents since March 15, 2015, the podcast was previously published by Commonplace Books. Cecil Gershwin Palmer—the host, main character, and narrator—is voiced by Cecil Baldwin, while secondary characters are sometimes voiced by guest stars—such as Dylan Marron, who voices Carlos. The podcast typically airs on the first and fifteenth of every month, and consists of "news, announcements and advertisements" from the desert town, located "somewhere in the Southwestern United States." In an interview with NPR, Joseph Fink said that he "came up with this idea of a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real, and we would just go from there with that understood."

A second album, Cerulean Salt , was released in March 2013 on Don Giovanni Records in the United States and four months later on Wichita Recordings in the U.K. [10] [11] The critically acclaimed album reached #1 on the Official Record Store Chart in July 2013 and scored 8.4 on Pitchfork. [12] [13] Waxahatchee supported Tegan And Sara on their U.K. tour, before playing a headline U.K. tour in October that same year. [11] [14]

<i>Cerulean Salt</i> 2013 studio album by Waxahatchee

Cerulean Salt is the second studio album by American indie musician Waxahatchee, released on March 5, 2013 on Don Giovanni Records. Co-produced by Swearin' members, Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer, the album was recorded in primary recording artist Katie Crutchfield's basement.

Don Giovanni Records

Don Giovanni Records is an independent record label originally specializing in punk rock from the New Brunswick, New Jersey music scene but eventually working with a variety of artists from different genres.

Wichita Recordings London-based independent record label

Wichita Recordings is an independent record label located in London, founded in 2000 by Mark Bowen and Dick Green. Its most notable signees include Bloc Party, The Cribs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Best Coast, Los Campesinos! and Peter Bjorn and John. The label signed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah for a UK distribution deal for the group's debut album. They also signed the UK producers Simian Mobile Disco for the UK.

Crutchfield signed to Merge Records which released her third album, Ivy Tripp , in April 2015. [15] Waxahatchee toured non-stop for the rest of 2015, including tours with Kurt Vile and the Violators and Sleater Kinney.

<i>Ivy Tripp</i> 2015 studio album by Waxahatchee

Ivy Tripp is the third studio album by American indie musician Waxahatchee, released on April 7, 2015 on Merge Records domestically, and Wichita Recordings internationally. Katie Crutchfield produced the album with Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer.

On January 21, 2017 Waxahatchee recorded the song "No Curse" at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia for the nonprofit Weathervane Music's Shaking Through documentary series.

Weathervane Music is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2017 Waxahatchee were touring during spring with The New Pornographers all around the United States. [16] In the autumn months they were staging in central Europe and Scandinavia in clubs and festivals.

Waxahatchee's fourth album Out in the Storm , was released on 14 July 2017 on Merge Records. It moves away from the lo-fi sound of previous albums, partly due to the guidance of co-producer John Agnello. It was recorded in the Miner Street Recordings studio with a full band. [17] Sam Sodomsky of Pitchfork wrote of "Katie Crutchfield’s sharp, gorgeous songwriting", "immersive" band sound and "songs that play like fiery exorcisms" in a review of the album. [18] Waxahatchee opened Jawbreaker's first Los Angeles shows in 22 years at the Hollywood Palladium on March 10, 2018 and in NY City at Brooklyn Steel on February 27, 2018. [19] In June 9, 2018 the band performed at Bataclan in Paris [20] and toured England.

In January 2018 the indie label Dead Oceans from Bloomington, Indiana published in homage to songpoet Jason Molina the cooperation single Farewell Transmission b/w The Dark Don't Hide It by Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee. [21] [22] Merge Records published on Youtube on 17 July 2018 the digital single video Chapel of Pines which leads Waxahatchee’s sound back to the solo passion of Cerulean Salt. [23]


Waxahatchee performing live in 2017. Allison Crutchfield in concert (2017).jpg
Waxahatchee performing live in 2017.

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