"Furiously strong... One of our most anticipated heavy albums of 2016." -- Consequence of Sound
Austin trio The Well launch more U.S. tour dates this week, including shows with Beastmaker and RidingEasy labelmates R.I.P. (whose debut streets December 9th.) See dates below. The Well are supporting their recently released, critically-praised album Pagan Science. Consequence of Sound is streaming the entire album album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
The band was also honored last month with the release of its own beer, the Pagan Science DIPA, courtesy of Baltimore, MD's Oliver Brewing Company. The beer can features the album cover art and can be seen here.
The Well was prominently featured on The Walking Dead star's Ride with Norman Reedus TV show on AMC. Not only has the band composed and recorded the series' original theme song, they also appeared on a recent episode 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 2016:
12.01 - Dallas, TX @ Doublewide
12.02 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note
12.03 - Denver, CO @ Decemburger Fest at Hi-Dive
12.04 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
12.05 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick*
12.06 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite*
12.07 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill+
12.08 - Grants Pass, OR @ G Street+
12.09 - Seattle, WA @ Fun House+
12.10 - Portland, OR @ Kenton Club+
* w/ Beastmaker
+ w/ Beastmaker & R.I.P.
Artist: The Well
Album: Pagan Science
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: October 14th, 2016
01. Black Eyed Gods
03. Sky bound
04. A Pilgrimage
05. Drug From the Banks
07. One Nation
08. Choir of the Stars
10. I Don't Believe
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