"There is a need for it (what we do).” This is a quote by Brett Lindemann from the bands Lastfm.com bio page. I am here to say I agree and please keep doing what you do. The music world does indeed need what you do.
Rockwood Music Hall is a tiny place with a cramped stage. The venue can barely fit 200 people. It is located in the East Village and is easily missed. I have walked past this place three dozen times going to and from various other concerts in the area. I cannot believe I have missed this gem for so long! Do not pass this place up!
OK….I'm not here to talk about the venue; I am here to talk about Welshly Arms the band. For the last year or so, Welshly Arms has been popping up in my Instagram feed. I am not 100% sure how I came across them. My guess is I was looking at band portraits for a photo shoot I had coming up, and I found their photography to be inspiring and real. However I came across them I am happy for it, and my hope is that by the end of this review you will feel exactly the same.
A relatively new band, formed in 2013, the group is made up of anything but "new" musicians. Their forming reads like a love novel of bad timing and a case of paths not crossing until the perfect moment when everything fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle; a single afternoon when they were all in the same room long enough, when the mood was just right for the music to happen. This feels like the equivalent of the big bang theory for musical groups. A day of catching up turned into a jam session, which turned into song writing, which eventually lead to albums and tours that has brought them all the way to the great city of NY.
Hailing from Cleveland Ohio you get that sense of the Midwest work ethic while they are on stage. Mix that with the raw roughness of Ohio rock and roll and you have the makings of great music and stunning performances.
I have been listening to their music non-stop for about a week now, and their sound is unique indeed. Within the music there is that Black Keys rhythm and soul, with Jimmy Hendrix lyrics and guitar riffs. Songs like “Legendary” find a way of mixing the old influences of 60/70s/ rock with the most recent of AWOL Nation. “Three Dark Days” is a perfect blend of Bluegrass, Folk and a driving beat of rock and roll. They combine these all together while making it their unique sound.
The band are tight, looking as if they have been performing together for decades. With backup vocals that seamlessly flow into the lead without force, the mesmerising quality of the music will capture you so completely that you are left with no choice but to spring to your feet as Bri and Jon Bryant's soulful and powerful effortlessly take you on a journey. From song to song you are never left disappointed. The passion is palatable. As they perform you cant help but sense that the stage size is the only limiting factor to the energy the band wants to share with the fans.
I am not a music expert, just an enthusiast. Don’t take my word for it! See this band the next time they are in your neck of the woods and judge for yourself. I am willing to bet that if you like rock and roll you will not be disappointed. I 'm also ready to bet that we have not heard the last of them. This is the type of band that makes me want to start a music label so that I can sign them and share their music on a large scale. The music industry needs what they are doing.
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