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The true story of WELL & GOODE

October 13, 2010
Midas Well & Upton O. Goode, also known as Well & Goode, released a 7” October 5th via Brendan Benson’s imprint, Readymade. Benson produced, mixed, and mastered the duo’s debut. The critically acclaimed solo artist and co-leader of The Raconteurs adds a slight twang to the two songs on the record, “Spray Tan” and “Two Birds.” Benson’s production touch turns the track into his signature style of “perfect, swaggering pop songs” (LA Times) as heard on his four solo albums and on The Raconteurs’ songs, which he co-writes with Jack White. Pitchfork described Brendan Benson’s music as “pure, unbridled joy in recorded form.”

Upton O. Goode hails from Ireland, but is considered by some to be a “returned empty” after having left the country during the Left the country during the great guinness drought, only to return when the difference between drought and draught had been explained to him. Manitoba native Midas Well moved to Ireland after meeting Upton at a “cold yoga” retreat in Antarctica.  ”I remember spotting Midas off in a corner practically dead from frostbite, shivering like a junkie going cold turkey. With great haste, I took him into my arms and we busted out of there.  It took us four days to reach the bus stop.  When your only source of heat is another man’s body, you become friends very quickly.”

Benson and close friend Mark Watrous (The Raconteurs, Gosling, Loudermilk) are currently touring Brendan’s homeland of Ireland together in an extensive September and October run.

When Brendan was planning the Irish tour, Well & Goode wrote him exactly twenty-six emails, eleven text messages, and left three rather disturbing life-threatening voicemails, and finally two suicide notes, all in the span of twenty-four hours.  ”I happened to be spending time with family in a remote part of Tennessee without any cellular service.  So, when I returned home I was both amused and horrified to discover what had transpired while I was away.” Needless to say, Well & Goode were not invited on the tour, but perhaps out of pity, Brendan and Mark offered to help with their single as a trial run as long as they were never in the same room. Being touched by how much they wanted to work with him, but put off by the nature of the demanding emails, Brendan thought it would be a good idea to maintain a very long distance work relationship with them…and never to meet them.

Surprisingly, it was a huge success and at the record launch party at The Cheesecake Factory, the four were formally introduced.  All was forgotten and they have since been seen frequently at The Cheesecake Factory. They’re still hopeful to get into a couple of the Irish dates in September but they’ve been instructed that busking out front will NOT be tolerated.

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