Welles is the Nashville-by-way-of-Arkansas-based project of 23-yr-old singer, and multi-talented musician, Jesse Wells.
Following the critically acclaimed debut Codeine EP, which received support from Carson Daly, Consequence of Sound and NYLON in the US, to name a few, Welles are excited to release the official video for “Seventeen” off of debut album “Red Trees and White Trashes” June 15th on 300.
The first taste of which is lead single ‘Seventeen’. Produced by Grammy award winning producer Dave Cobb, the single is equal parts classic pop writing, sweaty rock riffs, psychedelia and world weary, storytelling singer-songwriter and encapsulates the energy and vast range of influences found throughout this truly impressive debut album.
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.’
The bulk of “Red Trees and White Trashes”, was written while 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. He is embarking on a tour across the US, make sure to see him when he comes to your town!
5/1 Whitesburg, KY @ Appalshop Theater
5/2 Whitesburg, KY @ Appalshop Theater
5/4 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
5/5 Nashville @ 3rd & Lindsley
5/6 Asheville @ The Orange Peel
5/8 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
5/9 Wilmington,DE @ The Queen
5/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
5/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
5/13 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
6/22 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/23 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
6/26 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern – Lincoln Hall
6/27 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/28 Nashville, TN @ The Basement