The Oh Wells embody Northwest Americana highlighted with the band’s power pop and classic rock roots. Spinning up melody driven pop songs, relatable storytelling, and signature harmonies, The Oh Wells evoke a modern twist on classic American folk-rock from the 1960s and 70s. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, singer-songwriters Brian Kerrigan and Ira Merrill formed The Oh Wells during the pandemic as they sent songs back and forth to each other over the internet.
In 2021, the band released a Christmas EP with former Super Deluxe frontman, Braden Blake, entitled “Braden Blake and The Oh Wells – Satin Bows and Arrows”. In early 2022, The Oh Wells released their first EP of 7 original songs titled, “Dakota”, an acoustically driven EP that fuses their unique blend of originality with nods to artists they hold dear: Tom Petty, The Jayhawks, The Beatles and CSNY.
In September of 2022, the band released their first full length studio LP, “Alice”. Poprock Record reviewed that album stating, “It’s like The Oh Wells have caramelized the pop portion of their previous sound on their new long-player Alice, sweetening the hooks and filling out the sound”. The band continues to receive accolades both locally and online, releasing three music videos and playing well-known Northwest music venues. The band has rounded out their sound with Steve Gale on drums and Jason Denny on Bass.
The LP Alice was named one of the top 20 albums of 2022 by Power Pop News and things are not slowing down for the band, as they have already begun work on a second LP. Stay tuned!
“There is a definite folk-rock backbone to this EP, but for me, it’s all about those gorgeous harmonies. Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, even a bit of Big Star come to mind.
The Oh Wells will disarm you with a simple melody right before a riptide of guitar takes you out to a sea of deep vocal harmonies.”– Don Farwell, Earwig Studio, Seattle
“It’s like The Oh Wells have caramelized the pop portion of their previous sound on their new long-player Alice, sweetening the hooks and filling out the sound.”– poprock record