Rarely do I encounter live music that leaves we with goosebumps in the first minute of their first song… but Welshly Arms accomplished precisely that. I had the privilege to catch their Saturday set at Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, and it was as chill-inducingly awe-inspiring as I’d hoped. Epic, unbridled energy; raw raspy passion and the soul of a rock n'roll freight train. I’m almost sad I hadn’t seen them live before now. Fittingly, their Lifeisbeatiful.com bio breathes Legendary status into this band’s presence on the 2018 lineup;
"Every once in a while, a lyric can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's exactly what happened in the case of Cleveland rock band Welshly Arms. On the breakout single "Legendary," lead singer and guitarist Sam Getz belts, "Cuz we're gonna be legends, gonna get their attention." - Life Is Beautiful page bio.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this six-piece rock powerhouse is quickly becoming a household name. With a raspy, gritty, raw feel to their catchy rock anthems, they’ve found their place in the music world. Their live performance is not for the faint of heart and a flawless kickoff to my Saturday. It’s bluesy, grungy, energetic Cleveland rock like you've never seen it before. As lead singer Sam tells me later, "we leave everything on that stage." I can't rip myself away. I'm thrilled to learn they're about to hit the road again and will be landing in Austin this fall.
I have a chance to chat with the band later in the day and ask about their latest album No Place Is Home. They say feedback has been very positive, likely because their songwriting process was almost too real. Getz says “it came from an intense, emotional, heavy place. I used to think that “on the road” songs were cheesy but having lived it, it’s real and that’s how it feels - you go to sleep thinking about home, wishing you were home.” We go on to discuss the evolution of their sound, and how they found synchrony together early on. “It was an organic process, (born) most out of jam sessions.” They played together in high school and went their separate ways, only to reunite later on when they found a renewed drive to create their own sound. Over and over, it’s clear that their sound is very real and very honest - unquestionably revealed in both their riveting live performances and their hefty, dynamic EPs and albums.
I ask Getz what it’s like to play festivals. He talks about the raw nature of a festival set; “you just throw your gear on stage, often without soundcheck. It can get a little crazy and it can go wrong.” He talks about moments where it all went wrong, those problematic instances where he found opportunity to truly connect with his audience with more authenticity than a scripted set; “it’s a chance to really connect with your audience and that’s been entirely noteworthy when it did happen. It’s like I was able to bring something even more real to the table and I think the audience recognizes that.”
So what should we expect from their Fall tour? Getz talks excitedly about bringing their take on Cleveland rock to cities across the US; “we leave it all on the table. After a show, we’re almost collapsing and I hope the crowd experiences that same intensity.” Don’t miss seeing Welshly Arms on tour this year - their tour schedule is HERE. Check out their Spotify playlist HERE (we’ve had it on repeat for, oh, three weeks straight?) and their website HERE
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