Passenger Side

by Wells-next-the-Sea

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    The follow-up to Wells' 2010 album "Guest House". This five-song EP is available on vinyl or as a digital download.

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Wells-next-the-Sea ups the production ante from their previous releases Guest House and Homes So Airtight for a fuller sound on Passenger Side. Nowhere is this more evident than on the broad shouldered, full band sound of “Chicago,” the centerpiece of this fine, five-song EP. Brennan Mackey’s deeply edgy voice gets fleshed out with some searing lead guitar from Danny Sherrard.

But they haven’t totally abandoned their minimalist core sound previously heard on gems such as “Over the Line” and “Wilten and Want.” Passenger Side opens with Dann Morr's graceful vocals charmingly augmented by Liz Barnett's singing and fiddle playing on "With Our Eyes Closed" (penned by Wells’ founders Morr and Philip Robbins). Mackey and Barnett’s loving duet on “No One Knows You Like I Do” officially qualifies as a ditty with the pluck of a ukulele. Banjo and guitar ably underscore the personal drama of “Keep in Front of the Storm.” “Taking Liberties” closes the affair with its touchingly sweet, smooth groove and Morr’s lead vocal.

Fans of The Head and the Heart, The Weepies, Kings of Convenience, Cotton Jones, et al. take note. With Passenger Side Chicago’s Wells-next-the-Sea moves over squarely behind the wheel of the alt-rock vehicle.
--Bill Dalton, former editor of IE, the Illinois Entertainer

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released April 24, 2012

Side 1
With Our Eyes Closed (Morr/Robbins)
Keep in Front of the Storm (Morr)
No One Knows You Like I Do (Barnett/Mackey)

Side 2
Chicago (Mackey)
Taking Liberties (Morr/Vazquez/Verblen)

Wells-next-the-Sea is
Liz Barnett- vocals, violin
George Henner- drums
Brennan Mackey- vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, ukulele
Dann Morr- vocals, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano
Danny Sherrard- vocals, piano, electric piano, electric guitar

"Passenger Side" was recorded at Squirrel Trap Studio, Chicago, IL
Produced by Brian Royer
© 2012 Squirrel Trap Records- Some rights reserved

Artwork by Sara Millsap

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Track Name: With Our Eyes Closed
i use most of my days now for sleeping
i sleep sound through the closing bell
though all the stocking and bonding has them weeping
makes them important i suppose

will something wake me today?
will something wake me today? no

i'm fading, i'm fading
i'm holding on to the bedpost
they're wading through faces
we're dancing on our toes with our eyes closed

at noontime i was dreaming
all about my apropos glow
when the big sun peeled back my eyes
and with a sun-flare finger shake he said

it's all your fault
there's so much work to be done
it's all your fault
you're wasting my light
you're wasting your life

why must you wake me today?
why must you wake me today, sun?

i'm fading, i'm fading
i'm holding on to the bedpost
they're wading through faces
we're dancing on our toes with our eyes closed
Track Name: Keep in Front of the Storm
it's a sixteen hour drive back East and we start before day break
I take the first shift since I know I'll be awake
and the darkness melts away before we hit Mile Marker 1
in front me all I see are the foothills and the sun

And it will be your turn to drive once we cross the Great Divide
for now you're fast asleep on the passenger side
Dark clouds gathering behind I won't pay them any mind
We'll keep in front of the storm and and we'll make it home alive

every mile thru the mountains brings more beauty than I've known
I should share with you but I prefer to see it on my own
with Painful on the stereo since I got behind the wheel
I sing with Georgia one more time "Do you know how I feel?"

And it will be your turn to drive once we cross the Great Divide
for now you're fast asleep on the passenger side
Dark clouds gathering behind I won't pay them any mind
We'll keep moving east and I know we'll be fine
We'll keep in front of the storm as we've done since before dawn
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long
Track Name: No One Knows You Like I Do
I called my brother and told him stories
About the sweet things you do for me
He said "That girl's no good for you."

I always wanted a baby grand
A guy who walks curbside and holds my hand
But somehow, you'll do

The bar was dark and you looked so pretty
You bought me drinks all night
But I thank my stars you let me get this far
No one knows you like I do

I will race home, I will race home
And I will fill my belly with beer
And I will whisper sweet things in your ear

I will race home, I will race home
I will race right up the stairs
And light the fire when I am near

We get to sleep in on the weekends
And I will hold you when you're tired
But I thank my stars you let me get this far
No one knows you like I do
Track Name: Chicago
Stumbling thru a dust storm
Showering in the rain pour
It was the first real weekend in summer in this town
Sleeping under the moonlight
Waking up to a fistfight
You were the only love of my life, I suppose

Follow me back to Chicago
I could sing you "Hallelujah"
I could sing your troubles away

Tripping under a canopy
A crowded night in Tennessee
Such confusion with the colors and light
Skipping lampposts with my eyes
The passing lanes they flicker by
Every minute is a mile that divides

Follow me back to Chicago
I could sing you "Hallelujah"
I could sing your troubles away

Follow me up to the rooftops
and out towards the skyline
Please sit with me before it gets late

Follow me back to Chicago
I could sing you "Hallelujah"
I could sing your troubles away

Follow me up to the rooftops
and out towards the skyline
Please sit with me before it's too late

Follow me back to Chicago
I could sing you "Hallelujah"
I could sing your troubles away
Track Name: Taking Liberties
It's written on your face and I can read it when I catch your eye
If I didn't know you so well I'd never think that it was all a lie

Half the tales you tell are things that never could have happened to you
But I love the fact you've never been hung up on truth

You erase mistakes like no one else could
And always leave in those parts where I look good

I forgive the times when you co-opt my stories as your own
They all become larger than life, but somehow not overblown

You erase mistakes like no one else could
And always leave in those parts where I look good

You have no fear of taking liberties
How to uncover your real life story is a mystery
It's not that I want you to die before me
But if that's the case I want to write your biography