A-Sides with Welles


Rock isn’t dead. You just have to look for it. It’s certainly not played on mainstream radio, but then again, what is, right? And who cares? Billie Eilish. Catfish and the Bottlemen. Tame Impala. Cloud Nothings. Beck’s still doing his thing. I could go on and on for days but won’t. Instead, I’ll cut it short, and namedrop one of the best acts rocking out these days: Welles. The band is already having a pretty amazing year or so after dropping their debut LP “Red Trees and White Trashes.” Off killer track “Seventeen,” they were put on SiriusXM’s AltNation “Advanced Placement” tour alongside The Regrettes and Mickey James, and NPR, among other key outlets who mean something, gave them props. On April 28, they’ll hit SandJam in Panama City Beach and on May 26, they’ll pay BottleRock. There’s good reason.

Welles, which is fronted by Arkansas native Jesse Welles (he formed the band in Nashville), are as authentic as it gets with smart lyrics and a genre-bending sound that uniquely mixes loud with soft. I recently had the band on A-Sides – specifically Jesse – to talk about the rock genre, his music, and everything in-between. Watch the session recording at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY and, more importantly, listen. Video by Cortney Armitage