‘She Was a Question’
Release Date: June 24
“Now I know – she was a question, not an answer”
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”.
Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger’s melancholic odes have struck a chord with music listeners with their critically acclaimed debut album ‘A Living & A Dying Game’ and a string of fine singles that has also seen them received warmly by critics and music shows across the dial. By turns writing music that speaks of the fragility of the human condition while all the while providing an uplifting swing and groove.“She Was A Question” will be released on June 24th with the bands Irish and UK tour which kicking off at Dublin’s Interlude festival on the same date.
‘She Was a Question’ is as much as curiosity as the title suggests, melding piano and strings, with a tranquil bass line supplied by New York-based Corkonian, Graham Finn, and peppered with a soft sounding flugel horn. August Wells continue to release poignant singles that defy the transparency of much of today’s vacuous fare, leading the listener on all-too-brief vignettes that provide something of a welcome break from the norm.
The single is taken from their new album “Madness Is The Mercy” which is due for release late July 2016 and will once again see August Wells team up with Irish independent label ‘Forever In Financial Arrears’ (FIFA Records).
The band return to Europe in June and July for an Irish and UK tour
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.
Fri 24th Jun – Interlude Festival – Dublin IRL
Sat 25th Jun – Sailors Bar – Clare Island IRL
Sun 26th Jun – Sea Sessions Music & Surf Festival – Bundoran IRL
Thurs 30th Jun – Mike the Pies – Listowel IRL
Fri 1st Jul – Coughlan’s – Cork IRL
Sat 2nd Jul – Levis – Ballydehob IRL
Fri 8th Jul – The Cave, Junction Festival – Clonmel IRL
Sat 9th Jul – Pine Lodge – Myrtleville IRL
Tues 12th Jul – Bom Banes – Brighton UK
Wed 13th Jul – The Islington – London UK
Fri 15th – Dublin Castle – London UK
Sat 16th Jul – The Railway Hotel – Southend-on-Sea UK
Fri 22nd Jul – The Hot Spot – Greystones IRL
Sat 23rd Jul – The Workmans Club – Dublin IRL
Sun 24th Jul – Knockanstockan Festival – Blessington IRL
Thurs 28th Jul – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick IRL
Fri 29th Jul – Cleere’s – Kilkenny IRL
Sun 31st Jul – Indiependence Music & Arts Festival – Mitchelstown IRL
More dates to be announced……