The Oh Wells are the indie-pop project of neurotic songstress Sarah Jickling. The 23-year-old vancouverite’s unusual songwriting combines the vocal flourishes of Regina Spektor with the honesty and theatricality of Amanda Palmer. The Oh Wells are CITR’s Shindig winners, Seattle’s Soundoff Competition top finalists, were chosen as the best band at the 2013 Vancouver Marathon and as a buzz band on the Shore 104.9. Jickling was also the youngest songwriter in the 2011 Peak Performance Project. Singles from the Oh Wells first EP, Not That Girl From Transformers, were featured on AAA radio stations in BC and Ontario, as well as on a playlist by respected Canadian music journalist Alan Cross. The group just released a new EP, Roll With The Punches, which lyrically graduates from the high school heartbreak of the first EP to the uncertainty of young adulthood, the challenges of the music industry, and dealing with the stigma of a Bipolar diagnosis.
The Oh Wells recorded Roll with The Punches with producer Paul Boechler at Fader Mountain Sound Studios, and released the EP on March 21st, 2014. The group also released a MuchFACT funded music video that addresses the stigma of mental illness. TV Broadcaster Paul McLellan (Go! Vancouver) calls Jickling and The Oh Wells “epic rock stars and brilliant conversation starters for mental health”. Sarah continues to spread mental health awareness on The Oh Wells blog.
Live, The Oh Wells play with infectious enthusiasm. Shawn Conner of TheSnipe.com writes “Jickling can write a song, belt out a tune and hold the audience rapt with a lightning-in-a-bottle combination of awkward self-consciousness and growing confidence.” With a cross Canada tour to Canadian Music Week under their belt, The Oh Wells are currently planning a Western Canadian tour in partnership with Mood Disorders of BC campaign “Stomp the Stigma”.