In Through the Outro

UPWELL

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In Through the Outro, Released 07.17.2015

Recorded by Jack Endino at Soundhouse Studios, Seattle, WA

Additional recording by Upwell

Mixed and Mastered by Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios, Seattle, WA

Produced by Upwell

Artwork by Gene Fleury

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  1. 1 Like it or Not 04:22 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Checkmate 05:08 Lyrics
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  3. 3 In a Handbasket 06:20 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Colorblind 06:20 Lyrics
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  5. 5 On the Edge 08:03 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Octo 07:54 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Feel the Blood 05:14 Lyrics
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  8. 8 9 a.m 06:27 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Pretty Kitty 06:15 Lyrics
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REVIEWS OF IN THROUGH THE OUTRO:

Review - Doomed and Stoned
(www.doomedandstoned.com)

Shredding & Swagger: Upwell's 'In Through the Outro'

All of these songs kick ass, seriously. So, instead of doing my usual song by song breakdown, I thought I would change it up a bit and just write a mix of impressions, memories and facts. Each song has its own version of the swagger of both fast and slow tempo dynamics matched perfectly with unique and powerful vocals that are interspersed amongst inspired instrumental rock that is closer to post-rock at times and straight up Joe Satriani blues shred at others. Upwell does a fantastic job of straddling styles within hard rock, progressive, post, stoner, desert, grunge, metal, whatever. It’s fucking good and you should listen to this album and appreciate its awesomeness. The album art is deceptively cool as well, featuring panels that unravel in two different ways for a multi-universe symbolism. Interpretations and variations are very important when discussing art and music as neither can be pinned down with absolute logical precision, doing so leads to lifeless programming with no room for nuance. Therefor it is cool to see that utilized for cover art, absolutely conveying the duality amongst the binary vision of option A or option B.

This music has a bridge straddling advantage amongst the balance of musicianship and melodic accessibility, at one moment getting close to Evanescence style slick catchy pop metal while in the same song creating a maze of guitar riffs and unorthodox arrangements with blazing guitar acrobatics that pay homage to the shred guitar lexicon. It succeeds in what many strive for, achieving prog-rock excellence and artistic integrity while also completely mastering the rock radio format of good riffs and melodies that the average rock fan would enjoy. Jack Endino should get quite a bit of credit for the production on this album as he has seen and heard Upwell evolve for the past few decades and is still a part of the creative process. One could only hope to see a fusion of Skin Yard and Upwell as things stay the course for this poetically angelic band.

Get It.

~Ben Edwards
 



Review - Exposé Online
(www.expose.org)

Upwell
In Through the Outro


Upwell manages the trick of being progressive and heavy without being progressive metal. And given the multitude of by-the-numbers prog metal out there, hearing something outside that stream is welcome. There’s undeniable power in rock music, but simply riding clichés into the ground dilutes that power regardless of the volume. Singer Michelle Pavcovich is strong and expressive without falling into either the screamer or belter category. Her delivery might be called simple, strong rock singing: she’s not a blues singer thrown into a rock context. Instrumentally, the band owes more to grunge than NWOBHM — they’re tight, navigating time signature changes effortlessly, but there’s a lot of grit in the sound rather than polished, calculated metal. Guitarist “Stevenflo” Rosenstengel tosses off some really unexpected riffs and (to a lesser extent) solos, though they never sound calculated. Some of the standard heavy guitar things are here, the dropped tuning, the ringing major thirds, and so on, but they are recontextualized, and the music is refreshingly free of shredding solos. Sometimes the bass and guitar parts seem to be going in different directions, not in the same time signature, until they mesh up again and all is well. Seattle has long been known for heavy rock, and Upwell both honors and extends that tradition.
 

~Jon Davis

$ell the Sky

UPWELL

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$ell the Sky, Released 05.15.2008

Recorded and mixed by Jack Endino at Soundhouse Studios, Seattle, WA

Additional recording by Kirk Jamieson at Beefy Kitty, Seattle, WA

Produced by Jack Endino and Upwell

Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA

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  1. 1 Meatcake 03:20 Lyrics
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  2. 2 The War Cry 04:18 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Sparkwood & 21 04:37 Lyrics
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  4. 4 $Ell The Sky 05:49 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Mess Of Dark 03:22 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Chocolate Pudding Sun 04:20 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Silly 04:23 Lyrics
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  8. 8 P.B.R. 04:26 Lyrics
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  9. 9 44229868 03:58 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Artificial High 04:33 Lyrics
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REVIEWS OF $ELL THE SKY:

Review - Tape Op Magazine
(www.tapeop.com)

Upwell
$ell the Sky

Jack Endino (Tape Op #13/book Vol.2) did an awesome job producing, recording and mixing this at Soundhouse in Seattle. His quote on the band's press release sums it up perfectly, "Upwell is one of the most terrifyingly great bands I have ever known out of Seattle. Their musicianship and songwriting is monstrous... They're heavy like Soundgarden or Zeppelin with killer female vocals, but with their own unique style." Anyone who knows Jack knows he doesn't exactly hand out compliments or praise like it's candy on Halloween. Very solid disc. Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering, Seattle.

~Larry Crane
 

Review - Innocent Words Magazine
(www.innocentwords.com)

Upwell
$ell the Sky
(Self-Released)

Upwell’s $ell the Sky is an interesting animal. What I mean by that is, you’re never too certain of just what is around the next corner. At times it comes over brooding and electric like something Drain STH left behind, others it wails like Mindless Self Indulgence, and then at other times it sounds like Dog Fashion Disco.

It’s a different sound for sure. It’s not quite rock, not quite metal, but falls somewhere in-between. At ten tracks $ell the Sky plays quick, and definitely doesn’t fade or bore along the way. The female vocals of Michelle Pavcovich are a strong touch throughout, and the guitar work of Steve Schneider will keep you guessing. His guitars are towering and throughout all of the odd-timing changes and chucky bass lines, Upwell doesn’t forget how to write an accessible hook. "44229868" might be the best track on the record through its smoky, almost Southern style vocals, menacing guitar work and unwavering drumming. Upwell understand that a good record is also a complete record, and that’s just what $ell the Sky is, a complete record with well-built tracks from beginning to end.

I wouldn’t say $ell the Sky is for everyone, but those looking for a fresh sound (like me) will want to take a chance on it. It is one of the better records I have heard from a band hailing from Seattle in some time.

~ Brian Campbell
 

Review - Pop Rocket Press
(www.poprocketpress.com)

UPWELL
Sell The Sky

If you’re looking for female-fronted vocals such as Evanescence, forget it. Singer Michelle Pavcovich is way too powerful a presence for that. Upwell updates the Seattle sound with some pop flourishes and impressive guitar lines, while giving the nod to late 80s bands such as the Nymphs, L7, and Soundgarden. They mix the occasional ballad with crushing vocals and some Black Sabbath stylings, satisfying all the headbangers in the audience. Sell The Sky does meander a bit at times, with too many change-ups for its own good. But if you’ve burned out all your favorite Sub-Pop grunge and need something new, Upwell is the band.

~Dino Raecker
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Number Nine EP

UPWELL

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Number Nine EP, Released 2005

Recorded and mixed by Jack Endino at Soundhouse Studios, Seattle, WA

Produced by Jack Endino and Upwell

Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA

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  1. 1 Number Nine 03:33 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Lotus 04:08 Lyrics
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  3. 3 El Pollo 03:35 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Trite 03:23 Lyrics
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REVIEWS OF NUMBER NINE EP:

Review - Innocent Words Magazine
(www.innocentwords.com)

Upwell
No. 9 EP
(Self-Released)

Upwell is a four-piece band based out of Seattle with a driving, rhythmic, no-frills attitude. Their four-song sophomore effort is anchored by singer/guitarist Michelle Pavcovich and guitarist Steve Schneider. Upon searching for a solid bassist, multi-faceted Jack Endino stepped in for the album.

The four tracks are energetic tracks rooted with influences from the ’70s (Led Zeppelin, The Doors) mixed with influences of modern day Sonic Youth and Queens of the Stone Age. You could inevitably pin the “Seattle sound” to Upwell’s music, but you would only be getting half the truth.

No. 9 EP begins innocently enough with the title track as Pavcovich’s Janice Joplin-esque vocals kick in, followed by a thundering rhythm section. “Lotus” is a quirky little fun number that will be sure to get your feet shuffling about. The track is highlighted by haunting backing vocals.

The album ends with the most rocking number “Trite” that is a furiously paced number built around solid guitar playing.

Overall, Upwell has made a very strong EP that has rough edges, an excellent bass and drum combination and great lead singer that provides the kick in the pants that rock ‘n’ roll needs.

~ Troy Michael
 

Review - Highwire Daze Magazine Issue #100

NUMBER 9 EP
Upwell
Self Released
By Bret Miller

Number 9 EP is a four song sampling from Seattle rock band Upwell, a taste of what to expect from their live shows. Singer Michelle Pavcovich’s pipes are a wonder to behold. Jack Endino produces and also plays bass on the songs. Upwell bridges the gap between Heart and Soundgarden, emotional melodies and push-pull dynamics adding tension and freshness to what could have easily been a rehash of 70’s rock. The band seems to enjoy creepy little melodic lines yet crashes over the disquiet with power chords and enough bombast to please an arena full of fans.

Replica

UPWELL

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Replica, Released 2003

Recorded and mixed by Jack Endino at Soundhouse Studios and Hanzsek Audio, Seattle, WA

Produced by Jack Endino and Upwell

Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA

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  1. 1 Replica 03:36 Info
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  2. 2 Engraved 03:29 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Flake 04:40 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Hover 03:30 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Re-wind 05:52 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Wonder 04:53 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Helicopter 04:23 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Yellow 03:56 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Insane Alarm 04:11 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Colored 03:48 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Thinsome 05:17 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Sandcastle 05:24 Lyrics
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REVIEWS OF REPLICA:

Review - Tablet Newspaper (Issue #84, 12.30.03)

Upwell
Replica
Self-Released
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Veteran musicians Michelle Pavcovich and Steve Schneider teamed up with drummer Josh Williams to record their debut CD with the expert help of Jack Endino. After working with the band, Jack was so impressed he briefly joined them on bass. And you can see why on this CD. Their sound is straight-ahead rock, but done with the amazing finesse of people who have been honing their craft for years. These songs are simple but sophisticated, charged with melodic hooks and harmonies. Michelle is the main vocalist and her voice is strong and punctuated with a Chrissy Hynde inflection. The second song, "Engraved," has been lodged in my brain for a week now since I first heard it on KEXP. Steve Schneider is one of the most versatile guitarists I have ever seen (no shit!) and you will find the closer you listen the more depth he creates. They must have had fun recording this, the sound is textured with piano, organ, trombone, and sax but for the most part this is just rock'n'roll done very, very well. -MKB
 

TAXI says of Replica: "Haunting dissonance to vocal and guitar parts...eclectic influences...very good chord motion...surprisingly sweet in sections. Lyrics are inventive, if a bit opaque...very good direction and freedom to blend this all together...great band."