Quiet visionaries in the footsteps of Television, melding new wave/punk and art-rock with virtuosity and detail.” - Ted Drozdowski, Senior Editor

Premier Guitar Magazine, 4/21/21

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L to R: Jim Foster, Jay Raffi, Patrick Cran, David Wildman


"I Wish I Could Believe in God", from TELL's new unreleased second album LIFE IN REVERSE, takes direct aim at the religious onslaught tearing through government and our lives. With a touch of dark humor, TELL frontman and novelist David Wildman weaves a story of someone confronting their mortality and finding society's answers to be bullshit. The strange angular rhythms circle around, stalking each other, building tension until lifted by a catchy chorus and a mind-twisting outro that swirls off into entropy.

"Shotgun Future" is a funky, atmospheric take on the insanity of gun culture in the tale of Bennie, a youngster who bought his weapon from "the money he made playing online bingo for cash." He brings it to class, but a story that seems to be building to an impending school shooting ends with a wild and unpredictable twist.  

"People tell me that our songs are pretty dark," Wildman says. "But these are dark times we're living through, so why the hell not?"


TELL's first album STIR CRAZY, released in 2021 on Lunch Records, focused on stories of the pandemic with the bouncy title track and it's widely viewed video. Their second single "Citizen of the World" featured a David Lynch-inspired video. Wildman and bassist Jay Raffi have been playing together in bands for years. When they added locally renowned drummer Chuck Ferreira the chemistry took off. They've recently added second guitarist Jim Foster, and new drummer Patrick Cran to really drive home the rock as they perform all around the New England area. 

CONTACT: davidpwildman@gmail.com 





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Brett Milano rock critic/author “The Sound of Our Town” and “Don’t All Thank Me at Once” 4/5/21

If you’re a first-class songwriter, being shut down just might wind up turning you loose. David Wildman has written his share of gems over the years, often in bands that deserved way more attention than they got. His new band Tell refines the moody yet pop-centric approach he’s had all along. They deliver a classically jangly guitar hook on “Citizen of the World,” a taste of vintage Cars on “Rosemary Goes Away” or slide into a spooky, Cure-like groove on “Ghost on the Radio.” But the real news here is Wildman’s flair for storytelling: The songs here present characters who are a little offbeat, sometimes flawed but always recognizable, all making their way through a desperate era. It’s a lot like real life in these times, only catchier.

Rick Berlin, author of "The Paragraphs", "The Big Balloon", legendary rock musician 4/2/21

TELL is a fierce guitar-driven rock n roll pop trio (both raucous and meticulous). Their first full album. STIR CRAZY, has 9 big songs, sharp production with unexpected chord changes that burst into wide screen choruses. TELL is a good name for the band as Wildman is a writer/author (I loved his hard-edged movie reviews in The Dig), so his clear as day lyrics have that ring of observational truth. As a ref, I’d say The Kinks, Ian Hunter come to mind. The claustrophobia of the shut in threads through the record and has ya wanting to see the band live.

Graeme Bentley, Music Director, Boston's 92.5 The River

"Timeless riffs and steady backbeats open up to anthemic arena-ready choruses"