Wheat first entered the scene with their 1998 debut, Medeiros, produced by Brian Deck (pre-Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine). The follow up, Hope and Adams, secured the band's place in indie rock history with its "melodic poise and impressive ache" (so says a little magazine called Rolling Stone). The expansive Dave Friddman (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) produced album made numerous year-end lists and remains heralded by the underground scene.
In 2003, Wheat released Per Second, Per Second, Per Second...Every Second on Aware/Columbia. The album's single, "I Met A Girl," was a minor radio hit and Wheat toured more than ever before, but the album failed to connect enough to keep both Columbia and the band's interest. Three years later, after a short period of reflection, they quietly released Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square (2006). The duo avoided the spotlight for the past few years, save with the limited edition re-issue of their first two classic records, Medeiros and Hope and Adams earlier this year. The re-issues peaked interest from fans both old and new - an audience hungry for more from the group.
White Ink, Black Ink is Wheat's most straightforward, heavy-hitting indie rock album to date. It looks at life's ups and downs and how to cope with everything, creating songs both for the listener and for themselves. "Now, even the live show is much more about the clarity and sincerity of the communication," says Harney. "The new songs have a much bigger than us sort of feel," adds Levesque. "In February 2008 my Dad died. It was my first real meeting with that kind of physical absolute. Most of us are a sum of our total, not a total of our some. It's not really who we were, but how and by whom we are survived." White Ink, Black Ink is Wheat exploring the very rudiments of life and human existence, creating music that serves as a connection between themselves and their fans.
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