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The Upwelling Surge Back from the Underground

Download two songs from these alums of the 2005 Artist of the Year tournament.

Since being voted top “underground” band in’s 2005 Artist of the Year tournament, Queens-based rock trio the Upwelling have kept themselves mighty busy. Between gigs with the likes of Metric, Rainer Maria, the Duke Spirit, and the Wrens, and recording a second installment of songs, Ari Ingber (vocals/guitar), Josh Ingber (drums), and Conor Heffernan (keyboards) have polished up their catchy, guitar-driven sound that’s fresh enough to impress fashion-conscious hipsters as well as reign in ’90s alt-rock enthusiasts.

Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins caught wind of the trio’s colorful rock sound, and asked the Upwelling to join his band for a round of tour dates this spring. And all it took was a phone call from the alt-rock troubadour. “Apparently, Stephan Jenkins was handed our demo by an ex-girlfriend of his, who got it at a show,” Josh Ingber shared with “He just called me up while I was in line for a CMJ show, and said ‘Hi, I am Stephan from Third Eye Blind.’ I had to call him back, and now, here we are on tour with them.”

With guitarist/vocalist Lee Moretti having joined the lineup, the Upwelling are delivering newly crafted modern rock gems like “Love Is Dead” and “The Steps” each night. “Love Is Dead” hits with a bit of ’80s guitar bombast, like they borrowed a pedal from Pat Benatar’s band, and is inflected with Heffernan’s playful synth tones. Sure, some might say love stinks, but there’s a glint of optimism echoing in Ari Ingber’s earnest tone that makes the Upwelling seem to really mean it.

The Upwelling tour dates supporting Third Eye Blind:

4/19, Providence, RI (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel)
4/20, Schenectady, NY (Memorial Fieldhouse)
4/21, Babson Park, MA (PepsiCo Pavilion)
4/22, Johnson City, NY (Magic City Music Hall)
4/24, New York, NY (Nokia Theatre)
4/25, Poughkeepsie, NY (The Chance)
4/27, Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom)
4/29, Baltimore, MD (Ram’s Head Live)
5/1, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
5/3, Hampton, NH (Hampton Beach Casino)
5/4, Providence, RI (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel)
5/6, Hanover, NH (Dartmouth College)
5/8, Wantagh, NY (Mulcahy’s)

Now Hear This:
The Upwelling – “Love Is Dead” DOWNLOAD MP3
The Upwelling – “The Steps” DOWNLOAD MP3

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