“Furiously strong… One of our most anticipated heavy albums of 2016.” — Consequence of Sound
Austin trio The Well announce summer headlining North American tour dates today and premiere the official video for “Black Eyed Gods” today via Revolver Magazine. Watch & share “Black Eyed Gods” HERE. (Direct YouTube.) See dates below.
The Well are supporting their recently released, critically-praised album Pagan Science on RidingEasy Records. Consequence of Sound is streaming the entire album album HERE.
The Well has been prominently featured on The Walking Dead star’s Ride with Norman Reedus TV show on AMC. Not only did the band compose and record the series’ original theme song, they also appeared on the show with Reedus, an avowed fan of the band and all things RidingEasy.
The impressive crux of Pagan Science, the sophomore album by Austin trio The Well, is that It’s a multiplicity of itself. From the band’s dual male/female vocals to their transcendently timeless sounds and erudite lyrical themes, Pagan Science is crystalline in its complexity and clarity at the same time.
The Well walk an intriguing line between authentic early 70s doom/heavy psych and the more frayed-edge-of-sanity weirdness of their hometown’s legendary noise rock scene, whilst also splicing in shades of chamber choir vocals, occult rock and dark folk.
Sonically, Pagan Science picks up where The Well — bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham and drummer Jason Sullivan — left off with their widely heralded 2014 RidingEasy debut Samsara. Here, the band’s heavy psych, proto-metal sound growing evermore vast, yet more focused on hooks, and their lyrics more conceptually intricate. Part of a running thread throughout the album’s introspective lyrics is the notion that the world outside of one’s own mind is also a creation and reflection of the interior world of that mind. And, just like the band’s sound is one thing (undeniably heavy) and simultaneously another (dark folk, blues… there’s even a Crosby, Stills & Nash cover, “Guinnevere”), it’s this multiplicity that makes Pagan Science such a captivating record.
Pagan Science was recorded with producer/engineer Chico Jones at Micro Mega Studio in 2016. Jones also previously engineered the band’s debut album Samsara with producer Mark Deutrom[Melvins, Sunn0)))] in 2013. Samsara, released late September 2014 was ranked the #1 debut album of 2014 by The Obelisk and widely praised in the press. Likewise, the band’s intense – some even say “possessed” – live performances have earned them featured slots at Austin’s Levitation Fest in 2015 & 2016, as well as tours with Kadavar, All Them Witches, Black Tusk and more.
Pagan Science is available on LP, CD and download as of October 14th, 2016 via RidingEasy Records.
THE WELL TOUR 2018:
05/25 Dallas, TX @ Ruins
05/26 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
05/27 Kansas City, MO @ Westport Roots Fest
05/28 St Louis, MO @ The Sinking Hole
05/29 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
05/30 Chicago , IL@ Reggie’s
05/31 Detroit, MI @ The Outer Limits
06/01 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
06/02 Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
06/03 Montreal, ON @ Crobar
06/05 Boston. MA @ Once Lounge
06/06 New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
06/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
06/08 Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
06/09 Atlanta. GA @ TBA
06/10 Lafayette, IN @ Freetown Boom Boom Room
06/11 Houston, TX @ TBA