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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Highlights and quotes from radio and mags: The music of TELL can be heard and found on Alt Radio Rocks, Banks Radio Australia, Bay State Rock, Elastic Glam Radio Show, Everything You Know Is Wrong on Salem State WMWM, Garagerocktopia on KUCR, If It’s Too Loud, Laura Beth’s Mixtape Show on Reclaimed Radio, Marc’s Alt-Rock Playground on Mark Skin Radio, On The Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO, Original Music Showcase on Mark Skin Radio, Rick’s Rock Shop on WaveRadio Boston, Rising with Skybar on WMFO, Rock And Roll Fables, Rock Never Rusts on Eardrum Buzz, Sole of Indie, The Alternative Frequencies Rock Show on Leyland Radio, The Alternative Frequencies Rock Show on Leyland Radio, The Retweeter’s Show on ZenoFM, and other fine stations, shows, and platforms.“Oh man, check this song out…I love this — immediate love. It’s pretty edgy.” _Carmelita on Bay State Rock“Awesome band called TELL with their stunning new track.” _Isaac Banks on Banks Radio Australia“TELL’s Life In Reverse runs at around 24 minutes so there’s no excuse not to give it an hour and play it twice. An interesting listen that has some catchy melodic tunes with thought provoking and at times ironic lyrics.” _Maximum Volume Music“TELL just sounds like a Boston band… The new single sounds like a smorgasbord of Boston rock. It starts off with a more gritty, early 80's scene sound. It’s that sound that came after punk, but before the more experimental post punk sound started. From there, “Owned” moves through 80's New Wave and 90's power pop. It does all of this while still sounding like the same song throughout its sonic transformations. …TELL are the kind of band that is going to hit a nostalgia button if you were involved in the Boston music scene at any point in the previous century.” _If It’s Too Loud“‘Sweet Life’ is instantly an ageless classic tapping into the earnestness of Pearl Jam and Paul Westerberg or Ruin The Nite and The Cars if you wanna stay local with Wildman’s words spilling out like poetry on a track that really captures that “Boston sound” especially when you get to the catchy, big chorus.” _Rock and Roll Fables“If anything, the music on Life In Reverse reminds me of the post ‘Hunky Dory’ and pre-‘Young Americans’ David Bowie. A giveaway is partly the way Wildman sings but also a little in the music. TELL’s rock has that dragging in its vibe, as if things go slower musically than they really are. The album opens with ‘Owned’ though and enter The Kinks from 1980. …‘Owned’ is a great song in its own right. Guitars are all over the place and still a piano can take a short shining role in an interlude. The tight rhythm and chugging bass are the finishing touches to which the singing can start shining.” _WoNoBlog“There is nothing quite like an amazing rock record… Every song has an authenticity and an energy that draws not from the past but also offers a new vibe and sound that is welcomed in today’s otherwise mundane musical landscape.” _The Whole Kamee

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"