WELLES drops nostalgic & grungy track,"Rock N Roll"
+ debut LP, Red Trees and White Trashes, drops June 15th on 300 Entertainment
+ "Seventeen" music video out now
“MATTER OF FACT ROCK THAT FITS ALONGSIDE THE EARLY WORKS OF BOB DYLAN AND THE FLAMING LIPS… A MODERN CLASSIC” - NYLON
“RAW, HUMAN, AND POWERFUL” - PIGEONS & PLANES
“WARPED, PSYCHEDELIC GUITARS” - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Rock N Roll” is the new single from Welles, the Arkansas-based project of 23-year-old singer, and multi-talented musician, Jesse Wells.
"It's an apathetic sigh- a realization that the system’s broke, the dream’s a nightmare," Jesse Welles says of the track. "When you realize that after the war all you have left is culture. So go ahead - cover me in blood. You might as well, there’s plenty to go around in the hands and closets of politicians."
Following the critically acclaimed debut ‘Codeine EP’, which received support from Nylon, Consequence of Sound and Paste in the US, to name a few, Welles is gearing up to release his debut album “Red Trees and White Trashes”, out June 15th on 300 Entertainment.
The first thing you notice as a listener is Jesse's voice. At once totally unique and jarringly emotive, it demonstrates that Jesse understands that the best singers wield their instrument with stealth. Being able to unleash as much emotion from a quiet murmur as a wild howl is intrinsic to Welles’ output. He’ll tell you that he responds most profoundly to “road-weary” singers like David Bowie, John Lennon, and early Bob Dylan. He recalls drawing instant inspiration from Kurt Cobain when first hearing Nirvana’s “Lithium” in middle school “I heard this American just barely getting through the lyrics and I was like ‘OK. This is cool. I can do this.’
With his new album, "White and Red Trashes", Welles is continuing where Nirvana left off. From the slow-burning lead single, "Seventeen", to the energetic "Rock n Roll", his debut LP is a collection of psychedelic tracks brimming with an emotive, small town restlessness.
The bulk of “Red Trees and White Trashes”, was written whilst Jesse was living in a communal art compound in the college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Friends of varying artistic disciplines all shared an apartment building they dubbed “Space Mountain.” “Some of us worked on bicycles, some of us were doing painting and art,” he explains. “It was our own little Andy Warhol experiment. It was crazy.”
With the album complete, Welles now wants to play as many shows as possible. Having already supported Royal Blood, Great Van Fleet and played major festivals like ACL, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and more - Welles now bring their incredible live show to audiences across the country with Rival Sons, as well as performing at Shaky Knees fest this summer.