Wells are a lyrically focused and thematically deep band who seamlessly fuse the darkest of depths with shimmering light throughout their work. At only 25 years old, the writing of front man Alastair Cairns shows a depth beyond his years, creating catchy engaging music to set the stage for his nuanced story telling.
Very much a Frankenstein of various Sydney bands of differing styles, Wells create precise and restrained indie rock that can at times be subdued and placid but also cinematic and grandiose. A robust live unit on stage, they bring their characters to life with their throbbing guitars, ethereal synths and a precise driving rhythm section.
Having caught the eye of Monday Records, home of Spookyland, Wells went into the studio early this year to put to tape their first joint effort. Recorded with Tony Buchen (The Preatures, The Falls, Bob Evans) and Mastered by Greg Calbi (Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Modest Mouse) the Wells 4-track debut is a masterful piece of story-telling, at times haunting, at time uplifting but always engaging.
Buchen’s Midas touch sings through and brings out the best qualities in the band and allows a solid foundation to which Cairns’ captivating themes, haunting croon and catchy melodies can shine.
Wells recent work comes in the form of a goose bump evoking rendition of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die racking up 13,000 plays on Happy’s Exclusive Tracks. The cover made waves on FBI radios tune-up segment, as well as receiving some serious nods in the blogosphere.
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Recent Praise for Wells
“Wells do rock, but remain grounded in lyrics. This debut single ‘Fractures’ shows they’re capable of big crescendos of sound while keeping it together with a low tempo vibe”
“Every now and then, you stumble across a song that stops you in your tracks; track that grabs you instantly because of something going on it in you haven’t quite heard before, but you can’t really get enough of it. Melbourne artist Pikachunes’ latest track, ‘You Are’, is one such track.”– PURPLE SNEAKERS
“Sydney’s Wells gives Lana Del Rey a run for her money with a haunting cover of the seminal hit Born To Die.”– HAPPY
“thought provoking… tangles perfectly with it’s dark themes”
“an emotionally-charged, lyrically-driven folk record”
AGAINST THE ODDZ
“Seeking continual inspiration from the likes of Bright Eyes, Wilco and Okkervil River, Cairns proves himself deserving of a place up in their ranks”
MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE
“Wells offer a superbly tempered tale of isolation and reluctant acceptance, best taken with a glass of oaked whiskey and a warm glowing fire-place”
INDIE BANDS BLOG
Pika teases new Demo, Bin Juice gives us another show to froth over, and Wells returns to the studio
This week at Monday Records; Melbourne producer Pikachunes teased a new demo, Psych-rockers Bin Juice went 2 for 2 with the announcement of another show, and the haunting Sydney…
New Bin Juice show, Spooks set to play Chippo City Limits, Wells ‘Born To Die’ cover reaches 13,000 plays, Circle teases studio time and Pika takes a fall
Old mates Spookyland are playing The Lord Gladstone’s Chippo City Limits, the Wells cover of ‘Born To Die’ is on the cusp of 13,000 plays on Happy’s Exclusive Tracks, Circle…
Dan Shaw, recording and mixing engineer at Enmore Audio has shed some light onto the process of recoding Wells mastermind, Alastair Cairns cover of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die. Having…
Sydney rock outfit Wells has blown us away with their cover of Indie-pop Goddess; Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die. The cinematic rendition premiered last Thursday on Happy, already racking up 3000 plays…
The solo live show of Sydney artist, Wells, is one that has been popping up quite a bit lately. Having played a show with blues duo, Bad Tooth last fortnight, as…
Our best buddies at Happy have just thrown together their very own magazine. The first of many, this debut edition features a years worth of interviews, reviews, feature articles and…
Alastair Cairns, aka the braintrust behind Sydney project, Wells, has been hard at work on constructing a whole new dimension to the Wells live show; that being performing original tracks…
June 22, 2016