After dropping their anthemic single “Legendary” in 2017, the indie rock world was quickly introduced to Welshly Arms’ penchant for unleashing larger-than-life alt-rock bangers and spine tingling live performances. Their 2018 album No Place is Home has garnered over 350M total streams and provides a sensational musical journey that hits all the swaggery notes. Put simply, the band injects a powerful dose of emotion that continues to leave the Welshly Arms’ faithful enamored.
The group’s latest release Wasted Words & Bad Decisions was recorded in an old farm house in the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio as the world endured lockdown. The tranquil and comfortable setting provided the platinum-selling five-piece band a welcome respite from the grueling demands of touring stateside and overseas.
“With a long pause in touring and live performances due to the pandemic, we took time to reflect and refocus on our music,” says Sam Getz [Lead, Singer, Guitar]. “These songs speak to who we all are in this exact moment of our lives. Musically, we wanted this record to bring us back to the raw rock-n-roll that we had built the band on when we were jamming in the basement together. But, of course, we’ve also matured and gelled as musicians after touring the world together, and I think that intersection is what made Wasted Words & Bad Decisions so fun and rewarding to create.”
After dropping their anthemic single “Legendary” (now a certified platinum single in several European countries that has been streamed over 250 Million times) in 2017, the five midwesterners were catapulted from playing local music clubs in Cleveland onto the world’s largest rock festival stages including Lollapalooza, The Reading & Leeds Festival, Bottlerock, Rock am Ring, Hangout Music Fest, Shaky Knees, and more in less than a year’s time.
The quick rise for Getz, Jimmy Weaver [bass, vocals], Mikey Gould [drums], Bri Bryant [vocals], and Jon Bryant [vocals] saw the band play for massive sold-out festival crowds instantly hooked by “Legendary” and other Welshly Arms’ hits such as “Indestructible”, “Learn To Let Go”, and “Sanctuary” (the latter two were both Top Ten Songs in Germany) In mere months, Welshly Arms became indie-rock darlings cherished from Los Angeles to Warsaw. While being on the road in Europe and North America for seemingly two straight years, Welshly Arms’ tunes appeared in popular media including Quentin Tarentino’s award-winning film “The Hateful Eight” (Trailer), Underground 6 (Netflix), Empire (Fox), FIFA (EA Sports), and were used by major brands such as Miller Lite, Jeep, ESPN, MLB, NFL, and NASCAR, among many others.
Heavily influenced by the classic Cleveland sound, the eclectic group harkened back to their diverse musical roots for their latest release; from jazz to soul, gospel to blues, rock to alternative, and everything in between. Wasted Words… is an impressive sonic evolution for a band that’s known for smooth melodies, momentous choruses, bold guitar instrumentation, and slick production techniques. Hardcore fans will instantly recognize recently released singles such as “Are You Lonely,” “save me from the monster in my head,” and “Stand”, while fresh stand-outs like “Dangerous,” “One More Hallelujah,” “Burn Me Alive,” and “Proud” wield a more daring and aggressive spin on Welshly Arms’ strikingly powerful style of soul-lifting rock and-roll.
The fan-favorite duo of Bri and Jon Bryant breathe spiritual life into every cut through their uplifting choral vocal moments. While Getz’ soaring lead vocals and lyrics implore listeners to persevere through life’s obstacles in between awe-inducing guitar solos. Weaver, a production mastermind and gifted studio rat, sprinkles contemporary flavors through groovy basslines, synth chords, and tasteful electronic effects. On the kit, Gould rhythmically weaves it together via an unrelenting style of drumming.
Recharged and replenished, the five members of Welshly Arms look to continue to bring their successful hits and latest full-length album to the masses with their signature fiery passion that continues to inspire music fans all around the world.
Serious songs from goofy people. That’s what you can expect from diverse, Midwest indie-rockers, Motherfolk. What started out as a writing project among two college friends turned into a fully realized band untethered to genres, with an endlessly bright future.
Composed of Bobby Paver and Nathan Dickerson on vocals and guitar, bassist Clayton Allender, drummer Ethan Wescott, and Karlie Dickerson on keys Motherfolk are not only bandmates, but best friends. The band’s close-knit relationship allows each member to be their most authentic self, leaving every ounce of their souls to be poured into each song and high-energy performance.
Despite their light-hearted, groovy-rock sound Motherfolk is dedicated to creating a much deeper connection with their fans. They don’t shy away from the taboo, taking on heavy topics with a light heart. The results provide us with music you can dance to, whose impact is felt long after the song has ended.
The band’s quirky friendship and social media posts originally drew fans in, but their connection to the music kept those fans around. Since their formation Motherfolk has been on a steady upward trajectory, amassing well over 5 million Spotify streams on their three studio albums and selling out shows while touring heavily across the United States.
While COVID-19 halted the band’s year of touring plans, Motherfolk spent the year hard at work, creating and self-producing new music and they came out anew. Late summer 2021 will invigorate fans with new singles adorning the most refreshing and versatile Motherfolk sound to date, leading up to a fall EP release. This next chapter is slated to be the most exciting one yet, don’t miss it!
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