The Oh Wells’ Sarah Jickling is a sweetheart, and this is shown through her personality and her music. When bubbly vocals are splashed together with indie-pop delightness, the music simply makes you happy. From the adorable lyrics in Is It Too Late To Apologize, to the light, circling melody in Out of Love, a comforting warmth will come over you. Sarah took the time to speak with AMBY about a new EP, funny moments when playing a show at a strip club, and superpowers- so have a read!
AMBY: How would you describe The Oh Wells’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
The Oh Wells: Cute and honest indie pop tunes with a sense of humour!
AMBY: What has the band been up to lately?
The Oh Wells: We’ve been trying to clean up the messy situations that we always get ourselves in. The past two years have been incredibly difficult… in 2011 all of the original members of the Oh Wells left the band, with the exception of myself. I quickly found an amazing bass player and a great backing vocalist, but since then we have gone through something like seven or eight guitarists and just as many drummers. We also got ourselves involved with a production company that conned a lot of money from us and ended up trying to take us to court, and we tried to make a music video with people we shouldn’t have trusted. Fortunately, I learned so much from all of those experiences and I’m ready to put my best foot forward with our new EP.
AMBY: When will we see a follow up to Not That Girl From Transformers?
The Oh Wells: We will actually be recording a follow up this month at Fader Mountain studios. I feel like I’ve been through a lot since our last EP, and those experiences are only going to make this new EP more relatable and more emotional. It will be out in late spring, early summer 2013.
AMBY: It Is Too Late To Apologize is a cool song. What is the story behind it?
The Oh Wells: I wrote Is It Too Late To Apologize in highschool. I was very eccentric as a teenager… I occasionally wore costumes to school and sometimes my best friend and I would bake cupcakes and give them out to everyone or make funny posters and post them around the school to cheer people up. I was very aware of the fact that most guys found me too weird to date, especially because so many of them told me right to my face. I chose being weird and having fun over being the kind of girl who would get asked to the prom, and I don’t regret it.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
The Oh Wells: I think the funniest thing to ever happen was when we played a show at a strip club. There were no strippers there that night, but old men kept coming in expecting to see naked ladies, and when they saw us instead, they were visibly disappointed and immediately left. We ended up playing to nobody. I’m pretty sure after that gig I told my boyfriend at the time that I was quitting music. HA!
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
The Oh Wells: The Oh Wells: Hmmm… No Doubt. Am I allowed to dream that big? Yes, of course I am.
AMBY: What album are you most embarrassed to own?
The Oh Wells: When I was 12 or 13, I bought Lindsay Lohan’s album because I felt bad for her and really wanted her to succeed. I thought she was so great in the Parent Trap! It took me years before I accepted that she was not going to be making a comeback, and even now, when I see her in the tabloids, I feel so sad. But still, I own Lindsay Lohan’s CD. Is there anything more embarrassing?
AMBY: Your songs have very clever lyrics, who inspires you as a songwriter?
The Oh Wells: Thank you! I am inspired by Regina Spektor, first and foremost, but also by Kate Nash, Charlie Fink from Noah and The Whale, and Gwen Stefani in her Tragic Kingdom days.
AMBY: If you were a superhero who would you be?
The Oh Wells: This question reminds me of when we were asked to choose and illustrate our dream super power in grade 11 Art Class. I chose “the power to make anyone fall in love with me”…. clearly, I was lonely and hormonal. Anyways, I choose Hermoine Granger. She is smart and has magical powers. Also, I do not know very much about superheroes.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Oh Wells: Everything! New recordings! Maybe even a tour to the US! I am feeling more optimistic than ever.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Oh Wells that nobody knows yet?
The Oh Wells: We have a new band member who plays violin and trombone. His name is Greg and you are going to love him.