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Classic Album Review: Wellwater Conspiracy | Wellwater Conspiracy

Guitarist John McBain & drummer Matt Cameron moonlight from their day jobs.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


You may not have heard of Wellwater Conspiracy. You may not even have heard of the guys in the band. But I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of their other gigs: Drummer Matt Cameron used to be in Soundgarden and now plays for Pearl Jam, while guitarist John McBain has done stints with both Queens Of The Stone Age and Monster Magnet.

Somehow, between all of that, they have found the time to put out four albums as Wellwater Conspiracy — none of which sound anything like the grunge, stoner-rock or glam-metal of their day jobs. Instead, the 41-minute Wellwater Conspiracy, like their other discs, channels the fuzzy trippiness and Echoplex swirl of ’60s garage-rock and psychedelia. They’re all over these 11 tracks, from McBain’s jangly guitar licks and Cameron’s tom-tom heavy Beatle beats to hippie-dippie lyrical couplets like “People fighting to hug a tree / I wanna see it one time,” and a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s Something in the Air. It’s easy to see where this conspiracy has its origins.


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