His songs are defiant. They deal in revenge, faith, grievances, drug addiction and suicide but amidst the turmoil there is a strong force of hope and a belief in love and the skin of a lover.
Magpie's songs capture shared elements of his life growing up in the bush at Dashville and time travelling about the wide world, the relationships formed, the experiences in between. His colourful songs cruise in approach and have a direct emotional thrust that cuts to the core of the Australian spirit.
There are certain writers who command moving melodies and lyrics in equal measure. Dave Wells is one of those supreme talents, and has quickly garnered a word-of-mouth reputation as one of the Hunter's finest songwriters and performers.