Shutterwax | Dig Me a Well

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
David Bowie Fiona Apple Sloan

More Artists From
United States - Maine

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: Modern Rock Pop: Pop/Rock Moods: Mood: Quirky
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Dig Me a Well

by Shutterwax

A menu of UK and US Alternative served with an infusion of 70s Rock, reduction of 80s New Wave and a drizzle of Andrews Sisters compote, garnished with melodica, bagpipes and etherial piano, with Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Fiona Apple and REM seasoning
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Dig Me a Well
3:57 $0.99
clip
2. I'll Fly Away
3:27 $0.99
clip
3. Apocalypse, Please Be True
3:58 $0.99
clip
4. Some Girls
3:18 $0.99
clip
5. Mask
3:18 $0.99
clip
6. Willowman
3:02 $0.99
clip
7. American Dream
5:13 $0.99
clip
8. Yellow Magazine
3:53 $0.99
clip
9. Silence Me
3:36 $0.99
clip
10. Love Beyond Your Means
4:41 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From hundreds of miles away, five songwriters converge once a year in Kittery, ME to achieve one goal; an album of music. With minimal pre-written material, they assemble each year knowing they will hash-out in the studio what will become a complete and coherent collection of songs. The core of Shutterwax is (in alphabetic order); Jeffrey Brayne, Jessica Brayne, Keith Bonner, Harvey Brice, Frank Diorio and Mark Rufino. All songwriters in their own right, the united vision of Shutterwax is pure collaboration; to take skeletons and give them flesh, blood and finally life. A beautiful Frankenstein so to speak. Or maybe an ugly one. Either way, the songs are all truly Shutterwax, unique and fun.

What can you expect to hear from Shutterwax? Just about anything really. They do not limit themselves in any capacity, so you may hear Rock, Folk, Dance, Country, R&B, Surf, etc. on any given Shutterwax album.

With very limited time, usually five days at best, they make a list of all the ideas they’ve had over the past year, quickly listen and evaluate each ‘demo’ or song-snippet for viability, then quickly get to work in a flurry of creativity, writing lyrics, verses, bridges and choruses in whatever style is most appropriate for each song. Every member of Shutterwax brings a very unique toolkit with them as each has years and years of experience playing nearly every genre of popular music. If the song is not fun or creative, it is quickly abandoned in favor of another idea.

The end product is almost always interesting and certainly unique; a complete song is the goal and it’s performed the best way Shutterwax can with the constraints of a two-to-three hour limit on each song. This means two-to-three hours from inception there is a demo then complete basic tracking. Jeff, Mark and Frank are usually working out the music while Harvey and Jessica are writing lyrics, but all have input on all aspects of each song for a perfect balance of influence and sensibility.

Some quick descriptions of a few of the songs you will hear on Dig Me a Well:

"Dig Me a Well" began as a dance track that Mark had written then with decisive lyrics by Harvey and Jessica, the song morphed into a Cow Punk anthem complete with Andrews Sister's-type harmonies.

“I’ll Fly Away” started out as a folk-style, smooth, melodic song about an obsessive boy who leaves note after note on his girlfriend’s door in hopes she will soften and agree to let him back in her life. A few minutes on the Shutterwax table and the hard-edged bridge and fundamental support shook away the exterior tolerance and to reveal the emotional upheaval that she felt when her point was not understood.

“Apocalypse, Please Be True” showcases Harvey’s wit supported with a beautiful, bouncy melody complete with a George Winston-esque piano solo. Having a sentiment to which everyone can relate in the face of a changing world, it proclaims; life can be daunting. Waiting for things to happen for you can bring about your own apocalypse.

"Some Girls" rings eerily with a frenetic minor-key riff and sardonic lyrics about the extreme narcissism found in the social media space. The song's summary is a nod to Dick Dale and The Clash with a sinister surf riff over dark and powerful chords.

“Love Beyond Your Means” has a duplicitous dynamic of starting with a saccharine-sweet Hawaiian ukulele-driven melody sure to make the most hardened sentiments soften then quickly turn sour in the realization of unrealistic expectations in love.

We believe there is something for everyone in this collection and truly hope you enjoy your listening experience. We certainly enjoyed creating these. Happy listening! - Shutterwax

Band:
Jeffrey Brayne: Guitars, Ukulele, Vocals, Harmonica
Jessica Brayne: Vocals, Percussion
Harvey Brice: Vocals, Guitars, Melodica, Percussion
Frank Diorio: Drums, Percussion
Mark Rufino: Bass, Synthesizers, Vocals, Engineering

Additional Performers:
Zach Onett: Piano on Apocalypse, Please Be True
Travis Taylor: Bagpipes on American Dream
Bob Wilson: Drums on American Dream
John Rogers: Drums on Willowman
Cameron Brayne: Synthesizers on Willowman
Andrew and Gavin Brayne: Additional Vocals

A huge and special thanks to:
Daniel Cho, Paul Kim, Bob Wilson, Travis Taylor, Zach Onett, Janice Bevilacqua, Larry Seltzer (aka Lazlo of Blowup Radio), Steve Mancini, Rob Cantalupo, Corey Simpson and Winston Brayne. Without their help and support, we’d be just another band in the crowd.

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

Dig me a well

Good Stuff
Fresh and easy on the ear, with some instant classics like "American Dream", "apocalypse" and the title track. Good stuff!
Read more...

Tyler

Composers
"Dig Me a Well" is the sound of a band fully confident in the art of composition. These guys know what they are doing. Its a mix of drama and comedy, pop and dissonance, and its all bound together by an advanced sense of craft. I'm gonna be listening to this record all summer.
Read more...

Ryan

Exercise in songwriting
Shutterwax sounds like a band collecting experiences and gaining perspective from hundreds of miles across the country. The resulting "Dig Me a Well" is a taut clinic in composition and production. Each song is finely crafted and arranged, lending credence to the band's description of five songwriters, that get together annually to work on and enhance one another's individual ideas in order to create a song more representative of the collective. Borrowing from a wide variety of influences (the album sounds to me like a concoction of XTC, Gin Blossoms, Warren Zevon and The Yardbirds all infused with a traditional Americana flair) "Dig Me a Well" is indeed a beautiful Frankenstein, made all the more logical when considering the band's chosen recording environs - Kittery, ME, a charming amalgam of an admiration for roots awareness and a quench to expand well beyond those means. The album is made all the more impressive given the quality (both in songwriting and production) the band delivers under insane time constraints. Highly recommended for aspiring songwriters and rock classicists!
Read more...