After years of relentless touring and 13,000 records sold independently, self-made minstrels The Wishing Well show no signs of slowing. A festival fixture in Europe and its native Australia, the orchestral-rock act remains relatively unknown here, but the group hopes its maiden tour of the States will change that.
Founding members, vocalist/guitarist Jai Larkin and violinist Rivkah Larkin, are being accompanied by a band of American musicians hired specifically for this tour.
We auditioned them online, said Rivkah Larkin. All of our music is professionally recorded, and we have scores and arrangements. Theyd learned the material before we rehearsed together.
The likelihood of making it as a midlevel band has diminished significantly in recent years, but The Wishing Well seems immune to that, despite relying primarily on fervent self-promotion, word of mouth and CD sales relatively unheard of in contemporary rock.
We pretty much survive off of our record sales, at least in the U.S., Larkin said, and all of our record sales are generated by live performances. Almost anyone who buys our CD has probably seen us live.
Last years Fire in the Valley and 2008s debut, Life on the Border, are comprised of emotive pop rock, fleshed out with layers of complex, delicate instrumentation. Appropriately, it has shared the stage with the likes of David Gray and Seal.
We dont have a home anymore.
The Wishing Well will have played less than 10 American dates by the time it makes its first Oklahoma stop, Saturday at Belle Isle Brewery. Larkin said theyve enjoyed the tour thus far, although theyre unsure of what to expect in the coming weeks.
This is our first tour to the U.S., so its all very fresh, he said. Weve done three tours of Europe, so people know us, and obviously, the culture here is quite different. It varies so much from state to state. I will say weve been well-received so far, but weve got so much ahead of us.
The group is stateside through December, when theyll head back to Europe for a string of winter dates.
We dont have a home anymore. We dont have a fixed place of residence, Larkin said. Even when we take breaks, it really varies wherever is most convenient. At the end of last year, we just went to Thailand for two months and rented a little flat.
Said Larkin of the next step, It just really depends where we finish up and where were heading.