The Well

I had the chance to chat with Ian Graham (guitar, vocals) and Lisa Alley (bass, vocals), a couple of hours before their show. The time schedule was tight, and even though we didn’t have much time to talk about many more things, I do think that we had a rather informative and to the point interview, at long last. Read more below…
The Well band pic
Hi there, well it’s been a few months since the release of your third album “Death and Consolation”. How’s the response so far?
Ian: It has been really good, and it is this one from the jump has sold more initially than the rest of them.

Which are those elements that separate “Death and Consolation” from your previous albums?
Ian: We down to further on this one just to make it darker as ever and a heavier vibe, I guess. And I don’t know, I think the production is a little more stripped down than the others one too. Which is kinda bang this one out and yeah just relay on the plan instead of studio probably.
Lisa: I think it’s more like direct hitting album too, instead of, it’s less jamming than “Pagan Science” was previously.
What does the album title “Death and Consolation” declare?
Ian: just inevitable change in life, you know, I mean, it’s just death and consolation. A series of death over and over again.
What do the lyrics of the new album talk about? Which are your major lyrics’ influences?
Ian: Mmm let’s see, a lot of dark, I mean there is murder in there, there is belonging, there is oblivion, there is been lost on strange planets. And it’s all metaphor but it doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to whoever listens to it. Definitely dark subject matters.
Once again you worked with producer/engineer Chico Jones. Is there a special bonding between Jones and the band?
Ian: At this point yeah, definitely.
Lisa: We kinda think of him as our fourth member. His brain just works on a very base scale when it comes to production; I mean he is been doing this for decade and his able, he knows how The Well sounds like and he is able to bring that out. And capitalise on that as much as possible in the studio.
Ian: Even when we are not exactly sure, when we are being too vague, he can bring it down, tear it a bit.
How would you characterize “Death and Consolation” and what are your expectations from the new album?
Lisa: I think that one of cool things in the show reception was that it wasn’t taken as just as a genre specific album. People hear just more Rock and Roll instead of like Stoner, or Metal or Doom. There is more like Goth and Psycho and Industrial; so in that it seems to reach a broader audience which is obviously a plus.
Ian: And then the Metal fans seems to like it more too, so it is a plus all the way around.
How’s the fans reactions been to the new songs on your live shows so far?
Both: Really strong so far.
Lisa: it’s kind surprising when you play a new song and people like cheer when you start playing it and that happened for the old hits.
Ian: We all enjoy playing the new ones so much, I think that translate you know into the enjoyment in the crowd too.
How did you come up with the band’s name The Well?
Lisa: That was Ian.
Ian: We’ve been looking for weeks and I had a list of possible names and none of them were jiving. I was sitting in my car, in a parking lot and I look down and there is the WIFI option and one said, there is like a church and it just hit me like a bolt of lightning and I’m like that’s it!
Lisa: Opposites attracts you know.
Do you prefer to be on the road or on the studio writing and recording?
Ian: It depends on how long we’ve been on the road to answer that question.
Lisa: Right now, the studio sounds really good! It’s just a different beast. If we could afford to be in the studio all the time, we would and it would be amazing. I mean it’s just a literally designated space for creativity and getting your ideas out in a way that sounds like what you expected to sound in your head.
Ian: And if it put a fire, it means that I’m lazy… by nature.
Fill in the phrase: “Rock wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for...”
Ian: Some really terrible circumstances in the United States. Slavery, you know shit like that. Or people living together and making music to entertain themselves.
Which are the 3 Rock albums that have defined the whole genre?
Lisa: I mean “Black Sabbath”.
Ian: Yeah, I mean they made it the entire genre.
Both: Electric Wizard and Sleep and the Melvis Bribe and Nirvana even use The Melvis. And the Ministry that pretty much made industrial music.
Which is the record you wish had written and why?
Ian: Probably the first Black Sabbath album because I can’t stop listening to it. I’ve been listening to it,.. I literally don’t remember not having it. My father was a Black Sabbath fan and a drummer and my mother was a huge fan of them. And I didn’t like most of the music, I didn’t like David Bowie when I was a little boy. I didn’t like all this stuff but I liked Black Sabbath and it feels like part, it feels like a family member, it’s kinda of strange.
If you had the chance to travel in time…where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
Lisa: If I get to take all of my knowledge that I have now, then the past cause you would just us it. Go to that first Black Sabbath show, be right there at the beginning.
Ian: I would rather probably go to North America before white people came and live with the natives, that’s what I would do. Before all that shit happened.