Welshly Arms Finds 'Sanctuary' In New Video: Premiere

Peter Larson
Welshly Arms

Welshly Arms made a few stylistic pivots on its sophomore album, No Place Is Home, and among those is "Sanctuary," whose video is premiering exclusively below.

The earnest, dramatically arranged track has given the Cleveland alt rock sextet an equally dramatic moment in concert, according to frontman Sam Getz. "That was one of the first songs from the album that we started playing live, and it's one of my favorites to play," Getz tells Billboard. "It slows us down a little bit, which is good. I've been putting it in the middle of the set, and it's kind of nice to have that moment where you sort of stop and reset. It leads to a little bit of a moment with the audience where I feel togetherness with that chorus. I've really felt people embracing it."

The song itself "has a few different meanings" for Getz and was inspired partly by the political malcontent in the U.S. and the immigrant crisis in Europe. "The word 'sanctuary' stuck to my head for some reason," Getz recalls, "and then I took the song in a little bit of a more personal direction, about finding sanctuary in people or in a relationship. That's what the video is kind of about."

The clip, directed by Dan Henry, depicts Welshly Arms playing amidst images of couples and small groups of people convening for support and comfort. "They're finding their safe place, their sanctuary in each other," Getz notes. But in a director's twist a drone floats above one of the scenarios, taunting a trio of youths hanging out in what looks like a post-apocalyptic desert.

"There's an uncertainty in this ominous light, or whatever it is, about what you're unsure of or running from, feeling unsafe," Getz explains. "Then you get to the end with this young dude who's flicking off the drone, saying, 'Screw you! I'm not scared of you anymore!' That caught me by surprise, but it's nice to be surprised by something -- and it's always interesting to see how someone takes the songs and interprets them for themselves, like (Henry) did."

No Place Is Home came out during May and is Welshly Arms' major label debut, for Republic Records. The group has been on the road, and Getz says the shows have given the group some additional perspective as audiences become more familiar with the songs. "It was kind of a waiting game," he says. "You wait to see, 'Are these gonna make sense? Are these all gonna be accepted? Are there gonna be songs people hate?' Finally getting it out to the world is such a relief. I didn't even care what people think as long as I get to know what they think -- it's the waiting I hated. But it's been good; There are some curveballs, sonically, on this record and getting to see that other people are excited about them is a really rewarding feeling."


June 27 /// United Way Heroes Unite /// Cleveland, OH

June 30 /// Summerfest /// Milwaukee, WI

July 3 /// Oak Mountain Amphitheatre /// Pelham, AL*

July 6 /// The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion /// The Woodlands, TX*

July 7 /// Austin360 Amphitheater /// Austin, TX*

July 8 /// The Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion /// Rogers, AR*

July 9 /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheater /// Saint Louis, MO*

July 11 /// The Starplex Pavilion /// Dallas, TX*

July 12 /// The Zoo Amphitheater /// Oklahoma City, OK*

July 14 /// Usana Amphitheatre /// West Valley City, UT*

July 15   /// Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre /// Denver, CO*

July 18 /// Shoreline Amphitheatre /// Mountain View, CA*

July 19   /// The Forum  /// Inglewood, CA*

July 21   /// Mattress Firm Amphitheatre /// San Diego, CA*

July 22   /// Ak-Chin Pavilion /// Phoenix, AZ*

August 1 /// Ohio State Fair /// Columbus, OH

August 2 /// River’s Edge Amphitheater /// Hamilton, OH

August 3 /// Lollapalooza /// Chicago, IL

August 15 /// Amfiteatr Wck – Park Sowinskiego /// Warszawa, Poland

August 17 /// Open Air Gampel /// Gampel, Switzerland

August 18 /// Pukkelpop /// Hasselt, Belgium

August 20 /// Zeltfestival Ruhr /// Bochum, Germany

August 22 /// Melkweg /// Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 24 /// Leeds Festival /// Leeds, UK

August 26 /// Reading Festival /// Reading, UK

September 21    /// Life Is Beautiful Festival /// Las Vegas, NV

September 25 /// Record Bar /// Kansas City, MO

September 26 /// 7th Street Entry /// Minneapolis, MN

September 28 /// Saint Andrew’s Hall /// Detroit, MI

September 30 /// Hi-Fi /// Indianapolis, IN

October 2 /// Higher Ground // South Burlington, VT

October 3 /// Brighton Music Hall /// Allston, MA

October 4 /// Music Hall of Williamsburg /// Brooklyn, NY

October 6 /// The Foundry at Fillmore /// Philadelphia, PA

October 7 /// Union Stage /// Washington, D.C.

October 9 /// Visulite Theatre /// Charlotte, NC

October 10 /// Exit/In /// Nashville, TN

October 12 /// Vinyl ATL /// Atlanta, GA

October 13 /// House of Blues /// New Orleans

November 2 /// Zoom Frankfurt /// Frankfurt, Germany

November 3 /// Mascotte /// Zurich, Switzerland

November 4 /// Strom /// Munich, Germany

November 5 /// Bi Nuu /// Berlin, Germany

November 8 /// Futurum /// Prague, Czech Republic

November 9 /// Grelle Forelle /// Vienna, Austria

November 12 /// Gloria Theater /// Cologne, Germany

November 15 /// The Dome, Tufnell Park /// London, UK

* Supporting Thirty Seconds To Mars