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The Well is deep. The Well is dark. The Well is freaking awesome! Austin psych metal band, The Well, is set to release their newest album, Death and Consolation, on April 26th via RidingEasy Records and we wanted to give our listeners a bit of a sneak preview. As the title suggests, this ain’t no sunny surf rock album. This one got dropped down the well and hit every, grungy, grimy stone on the way down.
“This one is a little more personal,” says guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham. “2018 was a strange, dark year. A lot of change going on in my life, there was a lot of depression and coming out of it over the last year. I wanted to call this Death and Consolation, because in life that’s a constant.”
Graham, bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, and drummer Jason Sullivan wanted to pick up where they left off with their 2016 album, Pagan Science, so they once again recruited longtime producer/engineer Chico Jones at Estuary Studio to maintain some sonic consistency. While the elements of the new album maintain many of the hallmarks of previous releases, Death and Consolation, feels rawer. The songs are more concise and the punch often comes right off the top and keeps pummeling you until the very last riff.
“This album might be a little less produced, because I didn’t want to push technical stuff as much,” Graham says. “I’m so scared of getting too complicated when getting better at guitar. This is still kind of punk rock.”
Whatever it is, it definitely rocks.
To celebrate the new album, The Well will play select shows around the country as well as several here in Austin. Follow the links to get more from the band and stay tuned all month long for more from our newest Artist of the Month!
4/25 @ Barracuda (Record Release Show)
4/27 @ Independence Brewing (Record & Beer Release Show)
4/28 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)
4/29 @ Paper Tiger (San Antonio)
psych metal band from right here in Austin, TX