“By a continuous accumulation of properties (whatever the exact hereditary mechanism involved) life acts like a snowball. It piles characters upon characters in its protoplasm. It becomes more and more complex. But, taken as a whole, what is the meaning of this movement of expansion? Is it like the confined and functional explosion of the internal combustion engine? Or is it a disorderly release of energy in all directions like the blast of a high explosive?”
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man
NEW DEATH VALLEY BLUES (EP; out of print)
THE OUTCASTS WILL MAKE A STRONG NATION (available here on Singing Moon Records)
The Wells are currently working on a new record.
Singing Moon is pleased to release an archival gem from Wells frontman Robert Loss. Forsaken was recorded in 2001 and features five songs from the original EP and two bonus live tracks recorded in Columbus, OH in 2002. The title track went on to be one of the first songs The Wells recorded for their debut. Buy Here: FORSAKEN
About the record, Loss had this to say: "Around 1999 I started digging into American old-time music for the reason a lot of songwriters do—to steal as much truth as possible. Truth had been greatly lacking in my life at the time and, as they say, it was going to get worse before it got better. Forsaken was in some ways the culmination of that awakening to the mystery and cruel manners of living. But it was also a bolt, a sudden storm. At one point—in 2000, I think—I stopped playing shows out of frustration at my own limitations. These songs leapt out of that silence."
Some reviews of THE OUTCASTS WILL MAKE A STRONG NATION:
"The Wells' willingness to stray from convention is the ace up their sleeve..." - Rick Allen, THE OTHER PAPER
"What really makes this album stand out is the characters in the songs." - NINEBULLETS.NET
"Talk about anti-heroes, we have characters here that Cormac McCarthy would love to create." - TWANGVILLE
"It's a Cracker! Where other bands choose to brood, The Wells kick out the jams as they chase the devil." - MilesofMusic
"Simple but rich, bringing to mind smooth whiskey and the stomp of a boot on a bare plank floor." - Melissa Starker, ALIVE
"...a gem [in] the long line of albums that fall into the realm of 'Americana'." - Aaron Beck, COLUMBUS DISPATCH
"The punk attitude is apparent throughout without ever getting in the way - it is energy, an approach, and a willingness to play around with form. It isn’t bondage trousers and a soap Mohican." - AMERICANA UK