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.