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
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