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Originally from Lismore, this Brisbane five-piece have released a seven track cd that you could say falls into a category we are going to call 'adult-folk-pop'. Other purveyors of this sub-cult include Jack Johnson, Bernard Fanning, Gomez and Ben Harper. So you can sort of see where the Wells are coming from. And it's a solid collection of well-written and performed tunes.
The opening track 'Tell Her' is the one to get the ladies in, and if the band could suddenly get national radio coverage with this one, it would be a sure-fire hit. It's got the lyrics about lost love, a great sing-a-long melody and the right sort of acoustic guitar that seems to get the girls going these days. Well, it worked on my wife as she commented "this is a lovely song, darling", walking past the office door, "another cup of tea?" Thanks guys!
'Ohio' has a catchy chorus and a cute story about a boy and girl hooking up after many years and the boy forgetting they used to know each other and then..."we fell in love anyway and we bought an old car and we ended up with two kids on her father’s old farm in Ohio". This song wouldn’t be out of place on a Ryan Adams album (one of the country-pop ones).
The Wells are brothers Ben Eckersley (vocals) and Josh Eckersley (drums) with Gavin Henderson (guitar), Karl Sawczynski (piano) and Joel Dierselhuis (bass). The bio mentions 'this crazy period of hiring and firing band members' so it looks like there was one or more previous bass players involved in the recording. The very-well-put-together-I-might-add press kit continues with a quote from an interview: 'we are fair and decent young gentlemen who play laid-back pop music with great big dirty smears of blues and country'. Couldn’t have said it better myself. - ND