I came across Welshly Arms from a promo email in my inbox a few months ago. It was just a robo-email from some random agency that I get all the time. It must have been a slow day so I decided to give them a shot. I glanced the name and thought for sure it would be some UK craziness. But after listening to the first track ‘Love In A Minor Key’ I new immediately that I was onto something.
Welshly Arms might be a quirky name, but a bit of googling will reveal that the name stems from the hilarious SNL skit ‘The Lovers’ where Wil Ferrel and Rachel Dratch are love-ahs in the hot tub of ‘The Welshly Arms Hotel‘.
The band hails from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio which will automatically draw comparisons to The Black Keys which can certainly be heard. But these guys are 4 musicians strong and blow The Black Keys out of the water. While they have that sexy-diry-bluesy rock sound they definitely have a wider range of sounds and can throw around some crazy harmonies and vocal breaks and funky beats. WELSHLY ARMS combines their love of blues with rhythm and soul & good ol’ rock and roll, to create a fresh throwback sound that represents their Midwestern roots. Comprised of Sam Getz (vocals/guitar), Brett Lindemann (keys/vocals), Jimmy Weaver (bass/vocals), and Mikey Gould (drums), Cleveland-based WELSHLY ARMS pays homage to many of their collective musical influences. (including Blind Faith, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ottis Redding, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Dr. John, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead)
You can feel the swagger and confidence in singer Sam Getz from the get go. It really wraps you up and it sounds like these guys are rock veterans with a catalog of hits under their belt. With this release being their debut LP, they have previously release an EP in 2013 and then an album of amazing covers in 2014. The massive sound that these guys pull off in the first 4 minutes of the album is guaranteed to blow you away played at the right volume. But wait! It gets better!
There’s also the funk explosion in ‘Ain’t Supposed to Rain’ and the bluesy harmonica on the into to ‘We Move Easy”, The front porch stomp of ‘Three Dark Days’ and by the last track ‘Who Knew’ you’d think you’re listening to an entirely different band! The highlights of this record go on and on and so could I.
Just listen to it. Please. I beg of you.