Premiere: Well Kept’s Alternative Rom-Com Anthem “Hammerhead Corvette”

Well Kept © Kyler Vollmar
Well Kept © Kyler Vollmar
An alternative anthem worthy of a ’90s rom-com ending, Well Kept’s “Hammerhead Corvette” burns with longing and feverish drive as the Georgia band dwells in the depths of unresolved emotion.
Stream: “Hammerhead Corvette” – Well Kept




Intimate, visceral vocals, grungy guitars, and subtle, in-your-face drums come alive with arresting passion in Well Kept’s new single. An alternative anthem worthy of a ’90s rom-com ending, “Hammerhead Corvette” burns with longing and feverish drive as the Georgia outfit dwells in the depths of unresolved emotion.

Hammerhead Corvette - Well Kept
Hammerhead Corvette – Well Kept
She drives a hammerhead corvette
Chewing on a cigarette
Sinking into something i’ll regret
She drives a hammerhead corvette
Choking on your church lunch
Talking all your shit about songs you’ve heard once
Another cup of coffee won’t kill you
But it’ll surely put up a fight

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Hammerhead Corvette,” out November 5, 2021 via We Bought A Zoo Records. The first teaser off of what will eventually be Well Kept’s sophomore LP (set for release in 2022), “Hammerhead Corvette arrives this fall as the Athens, Georgia band’s first – and possibly only – release of 2021. Written, produced, and engineered by frontman Tommy Trautwein (alongside bandmates Elijah Johnston, Hannah Lessley, Hampton Peay, and Toni Hunlen) in his home studio, the smoldering track calls to mind the likes of ’90s alternative bands Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, and The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as more recent contemporaries like COIN and Bad Suns. A catchy song dressed in hot rock sonics, “Hammerhead Corvette” blends elements of nostalgia and longing with massive dynamic contrasts to create the perfect balance of tension and release, emptiness and satisfaction.

At the core of this song lies Tommy Trautwein’s dark, emotive vocals: He fills the room with an intoxicating understated energy, rising and falling with the raw volatility and steadfast tranquility of an ocean wave.

On the day that she left
I said “You’re always welcome back”
And i’ll wonder until
Does she still
Drive a hammerhead corvette? (she drives a hammerhead corvette)
A hammerhead corvette (she drives a hammerhead corvette)

“‘Hammerhead Corvette’ is one of my absolute favorites from the Well Kept arsenal,” Trautwein tells Atwood Magazine. “It was written and recorded in the span of one night with the exception of recording some vocal harmonies done by Hannah Lessley and fellow bandmate Elijah Johnston.”

“From the start, ‘HHC’ was one of those magic songs that felt so fun that it just made us laugh and holler while we worked on it. Elijah and I would always joke about how we wanted this song to sound like something that the band on the rooftop would play from the “10 Things I Hate About You” final scene – and I think the song hits that rom-com feel right on the nose, especially with Hannah’s perfectly bratty vocal performance. Working on this song was just flat out fun and it kickstarted the writing and feel of Well Kept’s second LP that is coming in hot in 2022! We’re excited for you to hear what’s to come.”

Well Kept © Kyler Vollmar
Well Kept © Kyler Vollmar
Underwater automatic
Reaching up, you could of had it
This is what you wanted, right?
(Accidental exercise)
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
But I swear I saw you smiling in the front seat

Evoking the ’90s, while definitively feeling of the moment, “Hammerhead Corvette” is intense in all the best ways. Well Kept’s exceptional artistry shines bring on this subversive outpouring that hits hard, without ever quite finding the resolve it so desperately longs for. Well Kept keep us on our toes from start to finish, forever wondering if the narrator will ever see that hammerhead corvette again.

On the day that she left
I said,
“You’re always welcome back”
And i’ll wonder until
Does she still
Drive a hammerhead corvette? (she drives a hammerhead corvette)
A hammerhead corvette (she drives a hammerhead corvette)
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
You don’t want this, you don’t want me
But I swear I saw you smiling in the front seat

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