The seemingly effortless groove that Well Charged applies to their reggae rhythms has almost two decades of history behind it. Drummer John Picard estimates that he and bassist Vasily Punsalan have been playing together for 17 years. And it stands to reason that, in that time, they’ve seen plenty of good and bad musical combinations come and go while holding down the easy-skanking beat. Which is why Picard was so pleasantly surprised when the Well Charged lineup, which also includes vocalist Megg Howe, guitarist Andrew Link, and keyboardist David Hillis, came together so quickly.
“A lot of times it takes a band six months to develop a sound, but after like four rehearsals we were ready to start performing and write originals,” Picard says. “With a new band starting from scratch, it was really good to see it grow so quickly.”
It’s possible that Picard was also surprised by how quickly they were accepted in the Charleston scene, since the common thread in Well Charged’s music is a drive to play the real deal; no pop-crossover tunes required.