I’m sorry guys, no witty intro for this one. Honestly, I’ve been in a bit of a hole lately and am just so desperate for a break from everything (which is coming with a long weekend ahead of me in just a couple of days). So instead of trying to come up with something clever to say, let’s just go ahead and jump into The Welter’s self-titled EP!
This all too quick EP kicks off with “Silk Cut”. An infectious and almost retro-toned guitar kicks off this track before the band jumps in and takes this track into an indie-pop world that I honestly can’t seem to get enough of lately. You can hear bands like The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand in this opening track but you can also hear a sound that is so distinctly that of The Welters. It’s fun, it’s bouncy, and it had me moving around like a fool in my desk chair. I love how, although there’s an overall fuzzy element to this opening track, you can hear all of the parts in the song clearly and even make out the majority of the words. This opening track had me hooked and I honestly couldn’t wait to hear what the other three tracks had in store for me.
“Soldiers” seems to have a bit more of a driving force behind it compared to that of “Silk Cut” but it’s still a track that is clearly that of The Welters. I found myself completely captivated by the vocals as this three-and-a-half-minute track played through. I’ll be honest, these songs seem a bit wordier than I would have expected but I loved it. Everything about this band is a combination of all of the things I like. Brilliant storytelling (come on, you know I’m not going to give the lyrics away– you’ll just have to listen for yourself) with infectious beats and a vibe that instantly puts a smile on your face, Can you tell I’m in love with this band? I can already feel myself dreading the end of this EP.
Things turn to a bit of a slower and steadier pace for “Any Color You Like”. There’s still an undeniable retro vibe and danciness to this track but things just feel a little bit more deliberate whereas they felt more fun and free in the previous songs. I loved this because of the way it seemed to match the lyrics in this track. Again, with the brilliant storytelling that, although seems to take a backseat to the instrumentation while never quite going out of focus, this was instantly my favorite track on this album. It just seemed to mix all of the amazing elements that are The Welters.
This EP is far too short and I was so bummed as “What’s Changed?” took over my speakers signaling the end. This final track is the shortest at under three minutes long but it absolutely packs a punch. Although I feel like this song relates back to the more steady vibe of “Any Color You Like”, there’s a nod to the intense danciness laid out in the first two tracks that made this song fly by much faster than I would have liked. I could have sat here listening to at least a dozen more songs from The Welters but, alas, I was left in silence and grappling with the idea that that’s all I get. Thankfully, I think there’s a lot more to expect from this band so I guess I’ll just wait patiently while playing these four songs on repeat for the foreseeable future.
My Favorite Track(s): “Any Color You Like”
For Fans Of: Retro-Vibes; Fuzzy Garage Rock Sounds; The Strokes
Dance-Ability: 9 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the rug in the living room; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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