Welshly Arms Delivers Punchy Rock Anthem With 'Learn to Let Go': Premiere

Peter Larson
Welshly Arms

Welshly Arms' second album No Place Is Home has been out for just over six months, but that hasn't stopped the Cleveland rock sextet from creating -- hence the new standalone single "Learn to Let Go," premiering exclusively below.

The song, a dynamic anthem that starts gently before building into a punchy rock anthem, is a product of the group's summer tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars. "There were a lot of days off and time to work on new music," frontman Sam Getz tells Billboard. "We had a day off in L.A. and took a writing day and worked on it, then ended up putting it aside for awhile." Once back in its home studio during the fall, Welshly Arms pulled the track out and finished it, with Getz completing his vocals in New York. "It started out as a straight rock n' roll song," Getz says, "then we decided we wanted to keep playing around with it and push in new directions, like we did with No Place Is Home. We tried a few different things with it and ended up with something we really like."

Getz and his bandmates consider "Learn To Let Go" the first step toward Welshly Arms' third album, which the group is beginning to work on in earnest. "A lot of the stuff right now is in the early demo phase," reports bassist Jimmy Weaver. "We don't really have a specific sound we're going for; We're letting everything fall out of us and then kind of fine-tune it from there. This single feels a little unique for the band, certainly new territory, and that's exciting for us. We want to keep pushing in new directions while still maintaining a sound and a personality for the band."

No Place Is Home, Welshly Arms' major label debut, debuted at No. 10 on the Heatseekers Album chart, and the campaign isn't over yet. The group has some festival dates booked for the spring -- including Shaky Knees in Atlanta and Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in Germany -- with more shows likely to be filled in soon. "I was surprised at how well (the album) translated live," Getz says. "We tried a lot of new things and really pushed ourselves in the studio, which made us push ourselves live, too. It was different than the unhinged rock show we used to do."

Weaver adds that, "There was a lot of working out parts from the album. It was really on us to figure out how to make the best presentation of the songs live, so there were a lot of challenges. We really grew together as a band and learned a lot about each other as we worked together on those parts. It's been really awesome."