What even are genres? If you ask these artists, they're just lines waiting to be blurred. MISSIO and Welshly Arms are two acts whose unique brands of sound have recently found their mark with a worldwide audience. You've never seen two bands come together like this before.
With blunt and to-the-point lyrics, MISSIO pulls no punches; that energy initially inspired David Butler to write songs with Matthew Brue. After recording a five-song EP, Brue moved in with Butler and his wife, which is where they accidentally stumbled onto what became their true sound.
MISSIO’s 2017 debut LP, Loner, is a beautiful blend of rock, folk-influenced melodies, and hip-hop. The dark nature of the record is not misplaced. It explores the challenges of life in an honest way. Brue says they hope to "have an impact on people’s lives in a real way" with their music.
"Middle Fingers" is one of the band’s favorite songs to perform live. Butler says that "it feels weird to say it fills us up to have an entire crowd flip you off at the same time, but it really is the best feeling in the world… it unifies people." Even Brue’s mother had her finger in the air when the band performed at Buzzfest in Houston, Texas, which he says was awesome.
Welshly Arms is an up-and-coming blues-rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, currently on a nationwide tour. Their name is a reference to the Welshly Arms Hotel from the Saturday Night Live sketch “The Lovers” starring Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon, and their sound is inspired by blues big-names like The Black Keys, Otis Reading, and Jimi Hendrix. If you're a movie buff, you may have heard their music used in both The D Train starring Jack Black and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
Welshly Arms formed back in 2013, but have made their biggest splash so far with their 2017 EP’s title track, “Legendary.” WWE chose it to be the theme song for their pay-per-view show TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs). Frontman Sam Getz says the song’s popularity surprised him.
The six-piece also includes Brett Lindemann on keyboard and vocals, Jimmy Weaver on bass and vocals, Mikey Gould on drums, and Bri and Jon Bryant on vocals. The band is currently working on a new album that they hope to release in the first half of 2018.
Come out to the 20th Century Theatre and watch MISSIO and Welshly Arms bring the crowd together. Raise a middle finger or two in solidarity with us, if you like!
When: Wednesday, February 21, 8:00 PM
Where: 20th Century Theater
How much: $15