SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM AVAILABLE - AUGUST 2018
There are certain writers who command moving melodies and lyrics in equal measure. Dave Wells is one of those artists.
The gifted musician has quickly garnered a word-of-mouth reputation as one of the Hunter's finest songwriters and performers; a master craftsman whose songs creep up on you and cut deep.
About the Debut Album
Spaciously intense and progressive, this emotionally and sonically diverse debut record exemplifies Wells’ indie folk and alt-rock influences.
Across the album, the Hunter Valley songwriter examines social realism through an abstract lens. He sets his sights on the biggest of themes: our inclinations for lust and freedom, moral boundaries, human desire, self- preservation, the cause and effects of love, jealousy and loss.
A live solo recording of the upcoming single‘Picasso’s Cloud’ has already received generous airplay via interstate ABC radio, alongside the early video release of ‘Run Free’, which is still building strength via YouTube.
“This album taps into perspectives on life and society,” Wells says. “Alongside love and hurt, I reflected on a lot of things happening in the world and its effect on each of us.”
“’Run Free’ is about having a go at something you believe in and chasing those desires, despite fears and unknown consequences.”
“The song ‘Picasso’s Cloud’ was based on the late artist's personal life. I remember looking at the related portraits of his lovers, wondering about the anguish they would have felt from his unfaithfulness. It's a bitter, vindictive and spiteful song.”
The powerful vocalist has been locked away at Newcastle’s renowned Funky Lizard Studios with well respected multi- instrumentalist, engineer and producer Robbie Long. Dave was in search of a recording comrade who not only had a wealth of experience in the studio, but had worked with an extensive list of artists from varying genres. Dave and Robbie brought a gifted array of musicians into the studio. Alongside himself and Robbie on lap steel, guitars, percussion and effects, the record features the brilliance of drummer Steve Fearnley (The Flood, Brian Cadd, Kasey Chambers), violinist Gleny Rae (Suzannah Espie), Laura Paige (Galleri) on flugelhorn, and double bassist Todd Johnston (Magpie Diaries, The Lairs). Overall a beautiful result was achieved, and to cinematically refine this long-player, Dave called in Grammy award winner and chief mastering engineer William Bowden (Gotye, Bob Evans and Tim Finn) to add the final touches.
Dave and the band will travel the country in late 2018, kicking off at one of Newcastle’s finest music venues, 48 Watt Street. From there, Dave will continue a series of interstate shows across most capital cities, including Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and everywhere in between. Dave embraces his audience through passionate performances, moving them with a voice that recalls the likes of Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke and Neil Finn. His spirit on stage engages and captivates, and you’ll yearn for his return.