If you’re still itchin’ for more from our April 2019 KUTX Artist of the Month, then it’s time to dig deeper into The Well. This Austin-based trio draws from a maelstrom of musical influences, filling buckets full of psychedelia, hard rock, metal and punk. Sure, it may be distorted to all hell but that doesn’t mean there’s not a ton of melodic elements and intriguing chord progressions in the mix.
The Well joined us in Studio 1A last Wednesday in advance of their third record Death and Consolation and three release shows later this week. Catch The Well this Thursday at Barracuda, Saturday at Independence Brewing Co., and Sunday at Waterloo Records. Listen back to their This Song and My KUTX episodes when you get a chance, and enjoy a free download of Death and Consolation‘s opening track and an exclusive live recording of “Sabbah”!
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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
The Well is the KUTX Artist of the Month for April. Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX
The Well likes all things heavy, from its sludgy sound to the Irish stout made by Independence Brewing to celebrate the band’s new album, Death And Consolation. But when it comes to curating a guest DJ set, “heavy” is a big umbrella for the Austin trio. Pink Floyd, Joy Division, and Roxy Music sit alongside sonic influences like OM and Electric Wizard. Hear The Well’s My KUTX on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. OM – “Unitive Knowledge Of The Godhead”
2. Pink Floyd – “Lucifer Sam”
3. Dwarr – “Starting Over”
4. Viagra Boys – “Just Like You”
5. All Them Witches – “When God Comes Back”
6. Electric Wizard – “Dunwich”
7. Joy Division – “Isolation”
8. Acid King – “2 Wheel Nation”
9. Saint Vitus – “Clear Windowpane”
10. Roxy Music – “In Every Dream Home A Heartache”
Moving Panoramas is the KUTX Artist of the Month for March. Catch Moving Panoramas at KUTX Live At The Four Seasons. Photo by Precious Parker/KUTX.
On “One,” Austin’s Moving Panoramas breakout 2015 song, Leslie Sisson sang about the power of solitude. But buried beneath the crystalline guitars and stacked harmonies was a devastating truth: “One is how we all came in / One is how we all will go / We all know one is the number we all fear the most.” Sisson has seen her share of devastating truths. As she wrote in a moving article in the Austin Chronicle, Moving Panoramas “began as an outlet for trauma and tragedy,” and it continues to be. Trauma and tragedy also sidelined the release of the band’s second album In Two, but it’s community and love that threads its way through the record.
Those are also the threads tying together Moving Panoramas’ My KUTX, guest DJed by Sisson, Cara Tillman, and Rosie Casto. Hear the episode on Saturday, March 9, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Moving Panoramas – “Baby Blues”]
1. Kate Bush – “Cloudbusting”
2. Stereolab – “French Disko”
3. Pretenders – “Middle Of The Road”
4. Richard & Linda Thompson – “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”
5. The Cure – “A Night Like This”
6. Dolly Parton – “Bargain Store”
7. Loretta Lynn – “Love L-O-V-E”
8. The Rated Exes – “Whiskey’s The Reason”
9. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
10. Nada Surf – “Blonde On Blonde”
11. Daniel Johnston – “True Love Will Find You In The End”
photo by Shelley Hiam
After an extended detour playing with several bands in Brooklyn, Moving Panoramas chief songwriter Leslie Sisson decided to pack up her instruments and make the move back to her native Texas. Despite the drastic change in scenery, Sisson wasted no time in pulling together a trio and releasing the first Moving Panoramas LP in 2015. The album featured Sisson’s, distinctively sweet, shimmering vocals layered over delicately composed atmospheric dream pop. A seriously heady combination that put the album on several local and national ‘Best Of’ lists. Not a bad way to celebrate your homecoming.
As life would have it, unexpected roadblocks arose during production of the sophomore album, with health hiccups and timing snafus causing a release detour. Fortunately, the finish line has been crossed and the new LP, In Two, recorded with One engineer Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin and mixed by Danny Reisch at Good Dannys in Lockhart, took flight February 2019 via Modern Outsider Records. Scroll down to listen to some of the new tracks and stay tuned all month for more from newest Artist of the Month.