Wednesday Announce New Album and Tour Dates, Share Video For New Song “Chosen to Deserve”

Jan 18, 2023

By Mark Redfern

Photography by Zachary Chick


Asheville rock band Wednesday have announced a new album, Rat Saw God, and shared a new song from it, “Chosen to Deserve,” via a music video. They’ve also announced some tour dates. Rat Saw God is due out April 7 via Dead Oceans (their first for the label). Spencer Kelly directed the “Chosen to Deserve” video. Watch it below, followed by the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as the tour dates.

Singer Karly Hartzman had this to say about the new single in a press release: “‘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.”

The band also features MJ Lenderman, Alan Miller, and Xandy Chelmis.

Back in October, Wednesday shared the album’s eight-and-a-half minute long “Bull Believer,” in addition to announcing that they had signed to Dead Oceans.

In 2022, Wednesday released the covers album Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ‘em Up. Read our interview with the band on the album here. The band’s last album of original songs was 2021’s Twin Plagues. Wednesday wrote Rat Saw God in the months soon after following Twin Plagues’ completion. They recorded at Asheville’s Drop of Sun studio over the course of a week.

“I really jumped that hurdle with Twin Plagues where I was not worrying at all really about being vulnerable—I was finally comfortable with it, and I really wanna stay in that zone,” says Hartzman.

The songs on Rat Saw God tackle everyday life, rather than big issues. “Everyone’s story is worthy,” says Hartzman. “Literally every life story is worth writing down, because people are so fascinating.”

Rat Saw God Tracklist:

1. Hot Grass Smell
2. Bull Believer
3. Got Shocked
4. Formula One
5. Chosen To Deserve
6. Bath County
7. Quarry
8. Turkey Vultures
9. What’s So Funny
10. TV in the Gas Pump

Wednesday Tour Dates:

4/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
4/27 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn *
4/28 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa *
4/30 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
5/1 – Austin, TX – The Ballroom *
5/3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar *
5/4 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom !
5/6 – San Francisco, CA – Independent *
5/8 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
5/9 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
5/10 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *
5/11 – Spokane, WA – Lucky You Lounge *
5/13 – Boise, ID – The Shredder *~
5/12-14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Block Party
5/15 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
5/17 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
5/18 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
5/19 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingers Rock N Roll Chicken Shack *
5/20 – Memphis, TN – Growlers *
5/21 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
5/27 – Berlin, DE – Schokoladen
5/28 – Groningen, NL – Vera
5/29 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Upstairs
5/31 – Brussels, BE – Witlof Bar
6/1 – Paris, FR – L’International
6/3 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
6/5 – Manchester, UK – YES Basement
6/6 – London, UK – Lexington
6/7 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade
6/9 – Porto, PT – Primavera Sound
6/10 – Madrid, ES – Primavera Sound
6/15 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre #
6/16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle #
6/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer @#
6/18 – Washington, DC – Black Cat #
6/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
6/21 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair #
6/22 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz #
6/23 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern #
6/24 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme %
6/26 – Chicago, IL – Metro #
6/27 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club #
6/28 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club #
6/30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups #
7/1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #

* w/ Cryogeyser
! w/ Toner
# w/ Tenci
% w/ Advance Base
@ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Mannequin Pussy

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