“The band captures the nihilism of alt-country but spins it into college rock confection. In other words, Will Bennett holds the key to my heart.”
- Adobe and Teardrops
Will Bennett & The Tells’ rollicking new single “Tumblin’ Down,” out April 14, 2017, showcases the band’s biggest strengths: infectious, sharp-witted songwriting brought to life with the bottled-up urgency of a tight four-piece being captured in the studio. The result is a sound that will resonate just as well with fans of The Replacements’ literate barroom rock as those of cowpunk stalwarts such as the Old 97’s and Lydia Loveless.
Clocking in at just over two-and-a-half minutes, “Tumblin’ Down” bounces with the energy and exuberance of early-Sixties rock & roll. The unapologetically catchy stomper marries Isley Brothers-inspired harmonies, jangly guitar work that hearkens back to vintage Peter Buck, and a muscular country rhythm section that never loses the band’s trademark shuffle. At it’s heart, “Tumblin’ Down” is a love song, an ode to the manic highs of long-distance romance as well as a eulogy for one of Chicago’s most storied venues: (“We’ll slide across the floor at the Double Door / Until the music stops and we yell for more”).
The Tells cut the track with engineer BJ Davis in a single evening at Sonic Lounge studio, located just outside Columbus, Ohio. Recorded with all four members tracking live in a room, “Tumblin’ Down” captures the spirit of the band’s raucous live shows. “There wasn’t much thinking,” Bennett recounts. “It was just plug in and go.”
Will Bennett & The Tells formed in 2014 when the singer-songwriter packed up his guitar and left his hometown of Grinnell, Iowa for Columbus, where he joined forces with drummer Daniel Martinson. “Tumblin’ Down” sees Alan Gabrenya taking over the reins on lead guitar for Josh Zimmerer, whose departure to Wichita inspired the title for the band’s first record, and Sean Jones rounding out the quartet on bass.
The band’s debut album Wichta, released in 2016, garnered high praise from variety of genre tastemakers, ultimately landing at #40 in the No Depression Year-End Readers Poll and earning a spot on Americana Rock Mix’s “Best of 2016” podcast. Looking to build on the success of their debut, Will Bennett & The Tells are hard at work readying their followup—beginning with the release of “Tumblin’ Down.” It’s merely a taste of what’s to come, but what a damn delicious taste it is.