When Aaron Dalbec called me up to say "I have a new band" to say i was excited was an understatement but at the same point I was on edge... I love Aaron. If the band was shit i'd have to lie to him. If i didn't like the songs I'd have to hope that everyone in the band was an amazing performer that made the pictures great even if i didn't like the music. That is the conundrum of being a photographer that actually likes the music i shoot.
When he told me who was in the band with him i started to feel more confident that my worries were mislaid.
When i heard the demos I knew that I had nothing to worry about.
To say that Be Well is my favorite new band right now is an understatement.
from the Equal Vision Records press release....
"Be Well is a new band with deep roots. Musically, it’s emotionally gripping, with an expertly executed blend of melodic hardcore with notes of 90’s post-hardcore influence. The lyrics are deeply personal, and the vocals harken back to early DC bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. The members include Peter Tsouras (Guitar) and Shane Johnson (Drums) from Fairweather, Mike Schleibaum (guitar) of Darkest Hour, and Aaron Dalbec (Bass) from Bane. Rounding out the quintet is the vocalist, Brian McTernan, who is known for his production work with bands like Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, Turnstile and Thrice. Be Well’s energy is relentless as McTernan chronicles his struggles with depression and fatherhood through lyrics that are equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. Fans of the individual members’ past work have anxiously awaited Be Well’s first recorded music. What they’ll get in the band’s 7-inch (released on Equal Vision) will undoubtedly live up to the anticipation."
TECH: shot with nikon d780 with lights from westcott FJ 400 strobe
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