Paul Mcclellan interviews Sarah and Kirby from The Oh Wells.Posted: September 18th, 2012
There are very few things in this world that can stop me dead in my tracks like a voice. Whether it be a powerful, beautiful, understated, gruff or quirky. A voice can break me. Here is a quick list of my favorite voices in the NW right now. Normally, I try to get all poetic and long winded, but this time, I am just going to allow the voices to sell you.
When did you first discover your creative talents?
I always wanted to be a poet when I was little. Before I learned how to write, I would dictate my poems to my mom and then illustrate the pictures. I still have one of the first poems I ever wrote. It’s called “I love shoes and chocolate”. I was about four years old.
In mid February, Sarah from The Oh Wells came out to one of her favorite stores,Front & Company, for a photoshoot with Ryan West! After that, we went to a cafe to interview Sarah about her fashion influences, favorite stores and thoughts about Vancouver fashion. This is only the first of two parts! Get to know how fashion has influenced her life in positive (and negative) ways through her stories.
Next to take the stage was The Oh Wells. Words may fail in my attempt to explain how much fun it was to watch them, but I’ll try. Lead singer Sarah Jickling was a bundle of energy that filled up the space in the room…
The Oh Wells, although I have heard their music and considered myself a fan, are a band that I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing live. I must say I was pretty blown away by their performance…
The Oh Wells are, truth be told, really good on a strictly musical level, capable of switching gears from peppy faux-ska to earnest piano-led rock. In fact, the band is as talented as its shtick is occasionally infuriating…
Why don’t we start off the week with an Ugly Duckling-esque success story? Everyone likes a good one of those. The Oh Wells started back in high school when Sarah Jickling was the overly shy and awkward girl. Burdened with acne, braces and the inability to look a boy in the eye, I could imagine they would only lead to troublesome situations, if they were not avoided completely. She spent most of her time baking cupcakes, which has become a signature aspect of The Oh Wells’ image. All of this changed one winter break when she decided to start a new band with one of her equally shy friends.
High school – and the teenage years in general – mean different things for different people. For most kids it means everything from tests and stress to awkward crushes and drama with best friends. But for Sarah Jickling, high school meant the beginning of her band….