'Madness Is the Mercy'
Irish Tour 2017
August Wells are pleased to announce they will return
to Irish shores
this coming Spring to play an 11 date tour.
August Wells is a musical project formed in New York
by Dublin native Ken Griffin (formerly of highly underrated
cult Irish band Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite
Sons) and New York pianist John Rauchenberger.
Griffin's lyricism is something to be admired, he has
stories to tell veiled in metaphor and eccentricity
with Drowned In Sound describing Griffin as an 'undiscovered
genius' in a recent feature, whilst Glen Hansard introducing
August Wells as his guest at a show recently told the
audience how in awe of Ken Griffin he is, describing
him as "such a presence, such a power".
'MADNESS IS THE MERCY' is the glorious follow up album
to last years critically acclaimed A 'LIVING AND A DYING
GAME' from August Wells.
Twelve tracks sung back to us from the edges of a twisted
life, songs songwriter Griffin says are " from
the blood of my real story " August Wells music
has been described as " Marvellously evocative
and deeply original " a " shadowy Sinatra
singing lost Willie Nelson and Lou reed songs "
Elevated by Ken Griffin's baritone -- moving effortlessly
from a rumbling growl to soaring heights, and John Rauchenberger's
graceful keys a wistful eye is cast over life. In parts
New York speakeasy, yet unquestionably drawing from
a heritage of musical storytelling, Madness is the Mercy
has a timeless feel. Strange strings and horns, complex
and brutal piano, raw unvarnished words, take us wandering
into the melancholic corners yet somehow leaves us refreshed
by the experience.
On the back of singles 'She Was A Question', 'A Little
Too Real', along with breakthrough tracks 'Come On In
Out Of That Night' and 'Here in the Wild', August Wells
have quickly found critical recognition and recent sold
out shows around Ireland, as well as tours of the UK
and Germany has seen the band reach a new receptive
audience. Griffin's lyrics bring a poignant touch to
the tragic - " I don't mind waking up on the kitchen
floor, men like me we kind of think that's what a kitchen
floor is for, Monday morning hits me like a hammer from
the back of my soul " at once heart-breaking, yet
warm and comforting - August Wells embraces the story
of the individual and makes it speak universally.
August Wells' music has just begun to make its mark,
already having appeared on Other Voices and having recorded
coveted sessions for the BBC, RTE Radio 1, RTE 2FM and
Today FM as well as their excellent Windmill Lane Session
for Independent.ie which they recorded in February of
Ken Griffin and pianist John Rauchenberger have met
in the middle of differing musical pasts to form a band
who would sit easily at the same table as Scott Walker
or John Cale.
Madness is the Mercy is out now on FIFA Records
Praise for August Wells
"it's a bit of a masterpiece"
Hot Press Magazine
"Marvellously evocative and deeply original'
"exceptional new album" 4/5
"wild, wired and welcoming" 4/5
The Irish Times
"One of the best albums of last year"
Paul Mcloone Today FM
"It's a thought-provoking and beautifully crafted
Dan Hegarty RTE 2FM
" the most evocative, even beautiful, Irish singing
voice ever recorded "
The Sunday Independent
"you'll want to familiarize yourself with Madness
is the Mercy, pronto"
'The Undiscovered Genius of Kenneth Griffin'
Drowned In Sound
"Crashing waves of gorgeously-spun ennui"
The Irish Examiner