Puns are good. Puns can be brilliant and exciting and make you laugh out loud. When Korea started testing nuclear weapons under the sea, I wasn’t too worried about it. Why? Becuase one of the papers had the headline ‘How do you solve a problem like Korea?’, whilst another ran with ‘Kim Wild’. If something so potentially disasterous leads to such inspired punning, then we all need to start living on the edge a bit more. Similarly, as a football fan, it was difficult to do anything other than admire, after the mighty Celtic were beaten by minnows Caledonian Thistle back in 1999(ish) the utterly astounding ‘Super Cally go ballastic as Celtic are atrocious’.
Awesome Wells probably hasn’t been a front-page headline before. But it is the punning name of a Manchester artist signed to evergreen label Red Deer Club. In actual fact, it’s the name of two bands – one of them from Liverpool, making ‘pop-punk’ according to a fan on their Last.fm, but this post is going to be largely about a band who make the kind of sounds that Beirut would be proud of. With the strum of a ukelele and the sample of bird calls, the music that is produced is that of majesterial greatness. Tender, laid back but somehow decadent without being too overblown. Of course, there is none of the huge Ochesteral manouvres that made songs like ‘Elephant Gun’ so successful, but it manages a similar scale on much more minimalistic needs.
There’s a free EP for you to download and it’s highly recommended that you get your hands upon it. Recorded with friends, it’s available from the Red Deer Club website (link below) and manages to be short, sweet and touching. There should be more on this later in the week, but for the minute, enjoy this fabulous free EP:
Awesome Wells and Friends – Free EP (link)
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