The Upwelling

The Upwelling

 New York City, New York, USA
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The Upwelling is a band with roots in the New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston areas. The band was founded and originally consisted of brother Ari and Josh Ingber on guitar and drums respectively.

Biography

September 12th, 2001 -- After witnessing the prior day’s attacks, from his apartment in New York City, Ari Ingber dealt with the tragedy by picking up his guitar and 4-track recorder. A talented songwriter, Ari had originally decided not to pursue a career in music. But in the wake of 9/11, Ari’s relationship with music became all-consuming.

Later that night, Ari called his brother, Joshua. He propped the phone up on his shoulder and grabbed his acoustic guitar. “I want to play you two songs, and I want to ask you a question.” Ari played Ladder 116 and An American Stranger. “Would you move to New York and start a band with me?”

Reclining on a couch, with his left leg in a cast, Joshua said “yes”. However, it would take until 2006 before Joshua was fully recovered from breaking his knee and could comfortably sit at a drum set. The two found a “fixer-upper” apartment in Brooklyn, with enough space to make a small studio for Ari to record. Finally, drawing influence from the Cure, Pink Floyd, and the Pixies, the Upwelling was born in the form of a 5-song concept album. All the songs were written and recorded by Ari, and all were songs he had written on the 12th of September 2001.

The E.P. featured songs that seamlessly merged without end, and no song resembled anything on the radio. Before labels took notice, it started attracting the attention of fans, media, and other bands. By the end of 2006, the Upwelling was designated as the 1st unsigned act and 1st EP on
Virgin-Megastore’s Virgin Recommends series, Spin.com’s Underground Band-of-the-Year, Hoobastank’s local opener winners, Karma Productions’ band to tour Ireland, and a SXSW Hits Daily Rave Review Band.

Without agency, the band had already supported Metric, the Wrens, and Ben Kweller, when they were invited to tour the U.K., Europe, and U.S. with the All-American Rejects. Later in 2008, the band was invited, as the sole support, on Third Eye Blind’s 10-year anniversary tour. Both the Rejects and Third Eye Blind accidentally found the Upwelling, having randomly been handed copies of the E.P. from a live sound-engineer and an ex-girlfriend, respectively.

Recently, the band was the first act signed to Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects’ label, Edmond Records. Their first record, An American Stranger, was released in the fall of 2009. The album deals with Ari’s life from that fateful night of songwriting, through his experiences building a band and getting on the road. Although, Ari describes it as a “search for beauty amidst general American relativism.”

Jason Hill, of Louis XIV, co-produced the bulk of the record with Ari. Tyson Ritter made his producer debut on the record, producing 2 songs. In addition, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) invited the band to San Francisco to record 2 songs. During which time, Ari co-wrote the song, About to Break, which was featured on Third Eye Blind’s newest release, Ursa Major, their first record in 6 years. Ari’s songwriting sparked another opportunity; in 2011, he has co-written 2 songs on Vanessa Carlton’s newest release, Rabbits on the Run.

It was in a Long Island studio with Tyson, that the brothers’ Ingber met the bass playing mixing-engineer, Michael “Showtime” Mulieri. After hearing the unmixed record, Michael left his engineering position, and joined the band. Together, the band has toured both the U.S. and Europe twice, including the 2010 summer warped tour. Currently, the band is working on their follow-up record and continues to tour.