Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon

Yeasayer Co-Founder Taps Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and More For Rock Opera

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.28.14 in News

A few years before he co-founded Yeasayer — 2004, to be exact — singer/multi-instrumentalist Anand Wilder got started on a rock opera record with his Philadelphia friend Maxwell Kardon. “After a few false starts they settled on a dirge in D minor,” a press release explains, “and began improvising lyrics about a labor conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town that their fathers had learned about from an old folk song taught in Quaker schools in the 1950s.”

The town’s name? Greenbelt, a place “full of unlucky, lovelorn people” who are given a voice by members of Dirty Projectors, Man Man, Chairlift and more on Break Line the Musical. Due out July 15 through Secretly Canadian, the long planned LP also features musical contributions from Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), James Richardson (MGMT), K Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi), Wilder’s Yeasayer bandmate Ira Wolf Tuton and quite a few others. Checkout a complete breakdown below, along with the album’s lead single, the surprisingly spare — until its raucous climax, at least — “Wedding Day”…

Break Line Singers: Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Dragons of Zynth), Chris Keating (Yeasayer), Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors), Quinn Walker (Suckers) and Austin Fisher (Suckers), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Cameron Hull, Anand Wilder (Yeasayer)

Break Line Musicians: Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer), James Richardson (MGMT), Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man), Jason Trammell (Sinkane, Jaytram), K Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi), Austin Fisher and Quinn Walker (Suckers), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Lyndon Cordero Lopez, Daniel Schleifer, Charles Christopher Erway (What Cheer? Brigade) Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Jonny Hull (Jones Street Station), Samuel Muglia, Travis Rosenberg,