Poison the Well (band)

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This article is about the band. For the logical fallacy, see Poisoning the well.
Poison the Well
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Jeffery Moreira, England, 2007
Background information
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, experimental rock, post-hardcore, metalcore (early)
Years active 1997–2010 (on hiatus)
Labels Good Life, Trustkill, Undecided, Atlantic, Ferret
Associated acts As Friends Rust, Morning Again, Until the End, Target Nevada, A Jealousy Issue, Red Letter Day, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, Last Minute, Keepsake, Sleigh Bells, Culture, Big Black Delta, Senses Fail
Website Official Website
Members Ryan Primack
Chris A. Hornbrook
Jeffrey Moreira
Bradley Grace
Brad Clifford
Past members See below

Poison the Well is an experimental hardcore band from Miami, Florida[1] who were last signed to Ferret Music. In 2010, they announced a hiatus to explore other interests.[2] Guitarist Ryan Primack and drummer Chris Hornbrook were the only remaining founding members, although vocalist Jeffrey Moreira featured on all five of their full-length albums.

History[edit]

Formation, debut EP and The Opposite of December (1997–2000)[edit]

The band were originally named "An Acre Lost"[3] and was started by singer Aryeh Lehrer and guitarist Ryan Primack. During their first few years, the band had two vocalists, Lehrer and Duane Hosein (who went on to form A Jealousy Issue). With this lineup, the band recorded the material for their first proper release, a split with South Florida band Promise No Tomorrow. After this album, the band changed their name to Poison The Well, after the popular rhetorical device. The band then released their first album under their new name, Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder in 1998. The album gained them the attention of Trustkill Records who signed them to a multi-album deal. After Lehrer and Hosein exited the band, Jeffrey Moreira came in to fulfill vocal duties and remained with the band until their break up. With this solidified lineup, the band released The Opposite of December... A Season of Separation in 1999. Music magazine, Guitar World, cited The Opposite of December to be one of the greatest hardcore albums of all-time in a 2006 issue.[citation needed]

Jeffrey Moreira live in 2007

Tear from the Red (2001–2003)[edit]

Tear from the Red was a transitional record for Poison The Well. Moving away from the traditional metalcore sound that they had helped establish and created with The Opposite of December, the band moved into more straight forward songwriting with more melody and more of an overall rock sound. Tear from the Red was recorded in six weeks at Studio 13 in Pompano Beach, Florida for $6,000.[citation needed] The band had wanted to make a record that had more melody but still could be extremely heavy at the same time. After the record was completed, the band started a rigorous tour cycle that took them all over the US and Canada. They toured with many bands including: Hatebreed,[4] Kittie,[5] Killswitch Engage,[5] Unearth,[6] and Eighteen Visions.[7]

You Come Before You (2003–2005)[edit]

The success of Tear from the Red and their continuous touring schedule helped Poison The Well gain the attention of some major labels, which had started to take interest in bands coming from the hardcore scene. The band signed with Atlantic Records[8] in 2002 and started writing for their third studio album, You Come Before You.

Poison the Well wanted to continue the evolution of their sound and felt that they needed a team of people who understood where they were going and what they wanted to do. They recorded with Swedish producers Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lövström.[9] Both had worked on many influential mid to late nineties Swedish hardcore records, including Refused's Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent[10] and The Shape of Punk to Come.[11] The band first recorded in Van Nuys, California at Sound City Stuidos and completed the rest at Tonteknik Recording AB in Umeå, Sweden. After the record was complete, the band started a year and a half tour cycle that took them to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.[12] Towards the end, many of the band members were worn out and unsure if they wanted to continue with Poison the Well.

Chris Hornbrook performs at Australia's Soundwave festival 2009

Versions (2005–2008)[edit]

Having experienced some level of success with their previous record, You Come Before You, a long and hard touring cycle left certain members of the band disenchanted. In the summer of 2004, guitarist Derek Miller quit the band. Miller had been in Poison the Well for all three prior releases and was a major part of the writing process. Poison The Well had been in the middle of pre-production for an entire record's worth of material when Miller announced his departure.[13] This material would eventually get scrapped due to the overall unhappiness with the direction he had taken the band. The remaining three members took some time to figure out what they wanted to do. They eventually regrouped, added guitarist Jason Boyer to replace Miller, and started working on new musical ideas that would be the early stages of their fourth studio album, Versions.

After months of working and writing material, the band set off in early 2005 to work and record with Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lövström at Tonteknik Studios in Umeå, Sweden.[14] This would be the first session out of three that the band would record for Versions and what would eventually become I/III / II/III / III/III in 2009. They had worked with Henricsson and Lövström on You Come Before You and had been also working with them on follow up material when Derek Miller had quit. The band felt that Henricsson and Lövström were perfect for producing and capturing this "new direction and sound" they were creating and moving towards. After completing the first two recording sessions and returning home, Poison the Well announced that they were parting ways with Atlantic Records after only one album because of "creative differences". Atlantic Records had given full creative control with the writing and recording of You Come Before You, not interfering and allowing the band to do what they pleased. But, after not seeing eye to eye on the direction Poison The Well had decided to move, Atlantic agreed to let the band go.[15]

Even though the band had no label, they returned to writing material for the third and final session. The band had been in contact with Ferret Music president Carl Severson about signing with the label. Serverson had been friends and a fan of the band for many years and expressed interest in signing them.[16] After signing at the end of 2006, the band left once again for Sweden to finish up the record.[4] Versions was released on Ferret Music on April 2, 2007 in Europe and April 3, 2007 worldwide. On February 22, 2007 they began touring in support of the album.

The Tropic Rot and hiatus (2009–2010)[edit]

The writing process for The Tropic Rot started a few weeks after Poison the Well finished up the touring cycle for Versions. The band wanted to make a record that was more focused musically and bigger sonically. Poison the Well wrote the entire record in four and a half months in a condemned and haunted bar in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Tropic Rot had originally been slated to be made with producer J. Robbins, but had to be cancelled due to a serious family emergency. Steve Evetts was picked among other potential producers the band thought could capture the record the way they wanted it and could start as soon as possible. The record was recorded at Castle Oaks Production and The Candy Shop studios and was released on July 7, 2009 [17] through Ferret Music.[18] The album charted at No. 180 in its first week of release on the Billboard 200.

Bradley Grace, Australia, 2009

While on the first stop of their September 2009 tour with Billy Talent, Poison The Well was robbed at a tour stop in Detroit. As the band was asleep in their hotel, thieves drove off with their van and trailer containing all of their musical gear, band merchandise, and a majority of their personal possessions and clothes. After taking a few days off to get a new van and obtain some temporary gear, the band quickly produced and began selling t-shirts to raise money and buy new equipment, with the shirts containing a detailed description of all musical gear stolen including guitar and amplifier serial numbers.[19]

On July 14, 2010, Poison the Well announced that they are going on hiatus to "explore other interests."[20] Since then, drummer Chris Hornbrook has been doing session work as well as drumming for LA based dance/electronic band Big Black Delta and New Jersey punk/ hardcore band, Senses Fail. As well, Ryan Primack has still been involved with music, working with his former bandmate Derek Miller's band, Sleigh Bells as their production manager and second live guitar player.

Rise Records released a reissue of The Opposite of December and Tear from the Red in late-2012.[21]

Members[edit]

Lineup before hiatus[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Aryeh Lehrer – lead vocals (1997–1998)
  • Andrew Abramowitz – bass (1997–1998)
  • Jeronimo Gomez – bass (1997–1998)
  • Shane Halpern – co-lead vocals (1997)
  • Russ Saunders – rhythm guitar (1997)
  • Jose Martinez - rhythm guitar (1997–2000)
  • Derek Miller – rhythm guitar (1998–2004)
  • Duane Hosein – co-lead vocals (1998)
  • Alan Landsman – bass (1998–1999)
  • Iano Dovi – bass (1999–2002)
  • Steve Looker – rhythm guitar (1999)
  • Geoff Bergman – bass (2003–2004)
  • Jason Boyer – rhythm guitar (2004–2006)
  • Ben Brown – bass (2004–2006)
  • Javier Van Huss - bass (2001)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[22]
US
Ind.

[23]
UK
[24]
The Opposite of December[25]
Tear from the Red
  • Released: February 19, 2002
  • Label: Trustkill
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
23
You Come Before You
  • Released: July 1, 2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
98 160
Versions
  • Released: April 2, 2007
  • Label: Ferret
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
147 8
The Tropic Rot
  • Released: July 7, 2009
  • Label: Ferret
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
180 30
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder[26]
I/III / II/III / III/III[27]
  • Released: April 18, 2009
  • Label: Ferret
  • Formats: 7"

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[24]
"Ghostchant" / "Zombies Are Good for Your Health"[A] 2003 103 You Come Before You
"The Realist" / "Apathy Is a Cold Body"[28]
"Letter Thing"[29] 2007 Versions
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Botchla" 2002 Darren Doane
"Apathy Is a Cold Body" 2003 Chris Sims[30]
"Letter Thing" 2007 Andrew Molina[31]
"Exist Underground" 2009 Samuel Macon

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ For its original 2003 release in the United States, "Ghostchant" was released as a double A-side single with "Zombies Are Good for Your Health".[32]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Jeff Downey. "Poison the Well : Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Dates for Hatebreed, Poison The Well, Bane tour". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Kittie, PTW, Shadows Fall, and KsE dates". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  6. ^ "PTW, Martyr, God Forbid, Unearth tour". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  7. ^ "DEP, etc. tapped for Plea For Peace tour". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Poison The Well getting new record deal". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Poison The Well begins tracking new album". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ "Poison The Well update". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  13. ^ "Derek Miller quits Poison The Well". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  14. ^ "Poison The Well - Versions". Heavymetal.about.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Poison The Well splits with Atlantic Recs". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  16. ^ "Poison The Well signs w/ Ferret Music". Lambgoat.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  17. ^ [3][dead link]
  18. ^ "POISON THE WELL: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed" Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on March 27, 2009.
  19. ^ "Poison The Well robbed in Detroit". Punknews.org. Retrieved 20144-09-07. 
  20. ^ Shotwell, James (July 14, 2010). "Poison The Well announce hiatus". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  21. ^ Yancey, Bryne (May 4, 2012). "Rise Records to reissue two Poison The Well albums". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Poison the Well – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Poison the Well – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. - The Pussycat Dolls". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Opposite of December – Poison the Well". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (track listing) (Media notes). Poison the Well. Good Life Recordings. 1998. Good Life 031. 
  27. ^ I/III II/III III/III (track listing) (Media notes). Poison the Well. Good Life Recordings. 2009. F124. 
  28. ^ The Realist / Apathy Is a Cold Body (track listing) (Media notes). Poison the Well. Atlantic Records. 2003. PRO4425. 
  29. ^ "Letter Thing – Poison the Well". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Apathy Is a Cold Body | Poison the Well | Music Video". MTV Music. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Letter Thing | Poison the Well | Music Video". MTV Music. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  32. ^ Ghostchant / Zombies Are Good for Your Health (track listing) (Media notes). Poison the Well. Atlantic Records. 2003. 

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