Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "Here Comes Love"

February 14, 2012

Jeff Shelton (Hi, Jeff!) is an extremely generous man. Not only is he selling his band‘s latest album, Dreaming Of The West Coast, for $8 on Bandcamp (that’s a bargain right there), but a few weeks ago when he was accepting pre-orders of the CD – for $10 – he added a bonus CD to the order. Two CDs for $10. When I found out about that, it didn’t take me long to click the “Buy Now” button (approximately 0.73 seconds I’d say).

Here are a couple of tracks from Dreaming Of The West Coast:

The Well Wishers – “Here Comes Love” (2012)

The Well Wishers – “Allison” (2012)

One thing I like about Jeff’s songs is that he’s not afraid to use what sounds like about 19 guitars per track.

Tomorrow I’ll play you one or two songs from the extra CD that Jeff so recklessly provided with my order of Dreaming Of The West Coast.

Update:

Jeff has let people know (I was going to say “Jeff has announced”, but that sounds pompous) that he’s made a video for one of the other songs on Dreaming Of The West Coast:

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Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "Escape The Light"

December 10, 2011

The impressively productive Jeff Shelton (Hi, Jeff!) has released a new album. It’s credited to The Well Wishers, but it’s basically Jeff and drummer Nick Laquintano (hi, Nick!). The album is called Dreaming Of The West Coast, and it sounds a little like this:

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Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "Honoree"

November 6, 2011

American chap Jeff Shelton (hi, Jeff!), who fronts the equally-American band The Well Wishers, has let people on the Audities mailing list know that he’s working on a new album and has posted a few songs from it. One of them sounds a little like this:

The Well Wishers – “Honoree (2011)

If you didn’t like that, maybe you’d prefer something a lot softer – something that might remind you of REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”:

The Well Wishers – “Nothing Ever Changes Around Here (2011)

Or maybe something that screams “Glam!”:

The Well Wishers – “Tonight (2011)

Or you might like a song featuring R.E.M. guitars:

The Well Wishers – “Escape The Light (2011)

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Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "All For Nothing"

May 1, 2011

Here’s cheerfully noisy US musician Jeff Shelton and his band* The Well Wishers:

The Well Wishers – “All For Nothing” (2010)

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“All For Nothing” is one of the tracks on The Well Wishers’ latest cheerfully noisy album, Post Modern Romantic, which you can buy from quite a few places.

Buy Post Modern Romantic at Not Lame ($8 – bargain!)
Buy Post Modern Romantic at MySpace ($10 – almost a bargain!)
Buy Post Modern Romantic at CD Baby ($12 – semi-bargain!)
Buy Post Modern Romantic at Kool Kat Music ($14 – but you get a bonus disc.)

(*It’s actually just Jeff and his drumming friend Nick Laquintano.)


Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "Grammareater"

August 12, 2010

I completely forgot to mention to you (which shows just how important it is) that a couple of months ago I bought the latest CD (it was a special pre-release order for $10 – bargain!) by The Well Wishers, one of US musician Jeff Shelton’s musical projects*.

I’m only mentioning this because I wanted to play you a song from it. The album is called Post Modern Romantic (2010), and it’s just like his previous release, Jigsaw Days (2008). Well, the album is different from the previous one in that the songs aren’t the same, but it’s still Jeff doing what Jeff does well: write decent power pop songs and then add lots of ultra-distorted guitars to them. Yum.

So, from Post Modern Romantic here’s “Grammareater” (2010):

The Well Wishers – “Grammareater” (2010)

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Buy Post Modern Romantic at CD Baby ($12 – only $2 more than I paid for it. Still a bargain!)
Buy Post Modern Romantic at Not Lame ($12 there as well. Wherever you buy it, it’s a bargain!)
Buy Post Modern Romantic at Kool Kat Music ($14, but you get a bonus disc.)

(*Jeff has another band called Headslide, and hosts two weekly radio shows – The Power Pop Show and The 80’s Underground – that you can hear podcasts of here. A busy busy boy is Jeff.)


Song of the day: The Well Wishers – "In Search Of Alter Egos"

March 13, 2010

A chap by the name of Jeff Shelton got in touch* with me a couple of weeks ago about his band The Well Wishers. He asked the perfectly reasonable question, “Would you mind having a listen?”, to which my first thought was “Why me?”.

Once I got over the shock of a US musician asking an Australian listener with faulty ears to appraise their hard work, I bunkered down and started listening.

The Well Wishers is basically Jeff, who plays all the musical instruments with strings on them, and another chap called Nick Laquintano who pesters the drums. They’re pretty much a two-man band, a pair of do-it-yourselfers who record everything themselves except for when they occasionally let someone else have a go (such as an extra guitar once in a while – because you can’t have too many guitars).

As well as playing almost all the instruments, Jeff also writes all the songs. And sings them. And produces them. And occasionally does the album artwork. And if that doesn’t make him busy enough, Jeff also hosts two weekly radio shows: The Power Pop Show and The 80’s Underground. (You can hear podcasts of them here.) Does this man have any spare time at all?

Once I started listening to The Well Wishers I noticed that Jeff likes guitars in songs. Lots of them. So do I. Jeff also likes melodies. Me, too.

Oh, by the way: a few people have mentioned elsewhere online that The Well Wishers are reminiscent of power pop bands such as The Posies, Matthew Sweet, Cheap Trick etc. That may be so, but it’s actually Jeff’s singing that I find to be most reminiscent of another artist. The tone and timbre of Jeff’s light, high tenor sounds to me like Gerry Beckley from America (think “Sister Golden Hair” or “You Can Do Magic“).

Enough of these unhelpful comparisons. Let’s get to the music.

The following tracks are from two albums, Under The Arrows (2005) and Jigsaw Days (2008). You can buy those CDs at CD Baby or Not Lame if you’re so inclined – and after listening to the tracks, you may very well be.

Anyway, I’ll offer my thoughts on each song. You’re under no obligation whatsoever to agree with them – or even read them. You can just press “play” and make up your own mind instead.

The Well Wishers – “In Search Of Alter Egos” (2005)

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This song is a nice introduction to The Well Wishers Sound™, and gives you a good idea of where Jeff’s coming from. Guitars, guitars, guitars. I can dig it, baby.

The Well Wishers – “Double Vision” (2005)

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This song reminds me a little of Green Day‘s “Holiday,” or maybe “Minority” (probably because of the foot-stomping beats), but for me “Double Vision” is infinitely preferrable to either of those songs because it has, you know, tunes.

The Well Wishers – “Lost At Sea” (2005)

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One reason I like “Lost At Sea” is that there’s a little musical coincidence involving it and Split Enz‘s “Give It A Whirl” (1979). Jeff may not like this, but here’s the coincidence:

The Well Wishers – “Lost At Sea” (2005) (excerpt)

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Split Enz – “Give It A Whirl (1979) (excerpt)

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Jeff may now be sitting in a chair, gnashing his teeth, glaring in my direction, and muttering something along the lines of “OK, smartypants – you come up with a tune…”

But any song that gets me thinking of Split Enz is alright by me.

(By the way, you can hear all of “Give It A Whirl” in a previous Song of the day post.)

The Well Wishers – “All The Suckers” (2008)

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Every time Jeff sings the phrase “super fragile love life” in this song (at 1:52), I automatically think he’s going to sing “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” instead. Every time. It’s mildly annoying.

The Well Wishers – “Moving Mountains” (2008)

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If you’re in the mood for a Foo Fighters song but don’t want to hear Dave Grohl yelling at the top of his lungs all the way through it again, then this may be the track for you.

To summarise “Moving Mountains”…
1. Driving beat: check.
2. Lots of distorted guitars: check.
3. Vocal harmonies: check.
4. No Dave Grohl screaming: check.

The Well Wishers – “I Don’t Know” (2008)

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I do. It’s a good song.

I hope that all of those songs give you a fair idea of what The Well Wishers sound like. I also hope that Jeff doesn’t contact me and say “Hey, stop giving all my songs away!”

Nevertheless, that’s The Well Wishers for you.

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(*I guess there may be some people would read the phrase “got in touch with…” literally. For those people who do, I just want to let you know that Jeff didn’t actually touch me. He’s in America and I’m in Australia, so I haven’t even been able to shake his hand, let alone give him a big blokey hug and say “I like your songs, Jeff!”.)