Written by: Dave Cantrell
Though not prone to copy/paste-ing a publicist’s text as the body of a write-up, the strength of this particular track and the breathtaking promise of the band themselves have led us, in the name of ‘getting it right’ in terms of detail and history, to allowing it this time around. So have a read, have a listen (then have another, and another, and another…) and relish, once again, these musical times we’re living in.
Hailing from Liverpool England, Oh Well, Goodbye quietly crept into the UK scene with debut cassette release ‘BG092’ through U.S label Bleeding Gold Records. Beginning as a solo project during down time of his ‘dayjob’ band People//Talk, Philip Rourke (founder of EDILS records/booking) quickly assembled like-minded musicians and played a scattering of shows in London and northern England, as well as a 5-date tour of France in late 2015. Oh Well, Goodbye, completed by Sam Banks (bass), Peter Seddon (guitar) and Andy Fernihough (drums), have continued to push creatively as a unit while fully maintaining their lo-fi DIY approach. Three new EPs will be released before the end of 2017 and each one presents a progressive step showcasing Oh Well, Goodbye’s bittersweet musical movements that border the edge of collapse. Post punk is murky ground but Oh Well, Goodbye, given their northern English heritage, slot in and out easily. A lush mix of early 90’s-styled guitars, dance punk beats and hushed, almost spoken vocal ride along effortlessly. As beautiful as it is ugly, the nonchalant display masks the chaos and vulnerability underneath.
The first release of the trilogy is a four track EP entitled ‘Swoon’. A step up from the home recording of Rourkes debut effort, ‘Swoon’ was recorded by drummer Andy in a Liverpool studio. ‘Swoon’ is available on pink and grey 7” as well as digitally from September 16th through Bleeding Gold Records.The bands next release quickly follows and coincides with a European tour in October. A five track cassette entitled ‘Acquiescence’ is a co-release between UK labels Hail Hail and EDILS Records (digitally through Bleeding Gold) will be available from October 16th. A more experimental and ambient collection compared to its predecessor, ‘Acquiescence’ see’s Oh Well, Goodbye use drums loops and keyboards for the first time on half of the tracks while still touching upon the band’s pop sensibilities and downbeat ‘post punk’ sound. This leads nicely into the final release of the trilogy; ‘I Know, I Know, I Know’ which is a remix EP comprised of tracks from both ‘Swoon’ and ‘Acquiescence’. Hitting the world wide web on November 11th, again through Bleeding Gold, the digital only release features remixes by a host of acts including Dignan Porch (Faux Discx/Captured Tracks), Gorgeous Bully (Art Is Hard), Moonlit Sailor (Deep Elm) and new comers such as Dayflower and Grave Diggers Union.[feature photo: Thomas Rees, courtesy Bleeding Gold Records]