Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers

Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers

CHRIS WELCH AND THE CICADA KILLERS | SHOOK | GOLIAD MEDIA GROUP | FEB. 22ND, 2019

 

Bio:

Denton, Texas is the home of Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers, introduced as the “fabulous Cicada Killers” on “Cicada Sweat,” the James Brown-inspired opening track of Shook, the north Texas band’s upcoming sophomore album, which follows-up its 2017 debut Faded & Frayed.

The pronouncement is the only vocal on the song, an improvisational moment that the band loved and kept, but it’s all that’s needed: The Cicada Killers’ unique brand of soul, shimmy, and shake speaks for itself.

Launching next into “Want You Back,” it’s clear that Welch’s influences aren’t rooted only in Redding, he also brings plenty of Alex Chilton, and even The Replacements“Alex Chilton” to the party, fronting an indie-rock rave-up sound with the lived-in voice of a guy who went to one-too-many parties.

Dallas-based blog Ghost of Blind Lemon offers this take: “Welch straddles the line between country and soul in a similar vein to how Mr. Orbison did it.”

Along with Welch (vocals, guitars), The Cicada Killers includes Patrick Newkirk (Lead Guitar), Clint Sawyer (Drums), Kelly Evans (Vocals, Saxophone), Holly Manning (Vocals, Strings, Keys), and Dave Huff (Bass). Additional influences on the band include the Stax and Hitsville label rosters, along with Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, and Afghan Whigs.

Welch’s decade-long stint as front man of Dallas-based alt-country band Pinebox Serenade, which released four albums during its run, is the cred justifying the fusion of the many disparate influences on Shook’s sound.

Welch doesn’t stand on his own paid dues alone, however. Unlike the band’s debut album, The Cicada Killers approached the songwriting on Shook as a fully collaborative effort, recording in a marathon five-day session in early 2018 at Cool Devices Studio with Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of legendary pop-punk band The Marked Men.

Five days to make an album could have been a luxury, as the band is used to grinding it out. An early album track, “Shoenapper” details one of those bleary-eyed road stories, in fact.

As Evans explains, “Maybe we’d imbibed just a bit too much, but the day that we came up with this song was a little rough. We had to get back to Denton that morning, and our bass player (Huff) headed out early, only to discover when he was stopped for gas that he wasn’t wearing his own shoes. He’d stolen our drummer’s (Sawyer) shoes! We gave him a hard time for that one and this song was born.”

The comedic music video for “Shoenapper” is already circulating, and the first official single from Shook – one of the band’s favorite tracks, “Borrowed Repertoire,” will be also be accompanied by a fun and campy clip. It’s something to be expected from The (“fabulous”) Cicada Killers.

Shook by Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers arrives on Feb. 22, 2019 preceded by the single and music video “Borrowed Repertoire”.

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PRESS QUOTES:

Denton, Texas is the physical home of Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers, but their music hails from James Brown, Roy Orbison, Alex Chilton and The Replacements, a unique place of soul, shimmy, and shake.
— Elmore Magazine
‘Shook’ evokes a stroll down Beale Street, with music pouring out of open doors.
— Denton Record-Chronicle
Filled with an echoing Southern sway and groove-infused melodies. The band deftly melds brash electric guitar, bursts of sax and bouts of country-rock movements into a cohesive musical point of view. As unique as it is infectious.
— The Southern Sounding

TOUR DATES:

  • 04/27/2019: Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival

  • 05/05/2019: Denton, TX @ Andy's Bar

  • 06/02/2019: Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf

  • 06/13/2019: Houston, TX @ Rudyard's

  • 06/14/2019: San Antonio, TX @ The Cove

  • 06/15/2019: Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf

  • 07/05/2019: Denton, TX @ Harvest House

  • 07/19/2019: Tulsa, OK @ Mercury Lounge

  • 08/01/2019: Bryan, TX @ Revolution Cafe and Bar

    08/02/2019: Brenham, TX @ Home Sweet Farm Biergarten

  • 10/05/2019: Arlington, TX @ Division Brewing

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Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers  (L-R): Clint Sawyer, Holly Manning, Dave Huff, Patrick Newkirk, Chris Welch, Kelly Evans. Photo by Aubrey Mortensen.  Click for hi-res.

Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers (L-R): Clint Sawyer, Holly Manning, Dave Huff, Patrick Newkirk, Chris Welch, Kelly Evans. Photo by Aubrey Mortensen. Click for hi-res.

Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers  (L-R): Holly Manning, Clint Sawyer, Dave Huff, Patrick Newkirk, Chris Welch, Kelly Evans. Photo by Aubrey Mortensen.  Click for hi-res.

Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers (L-R): Holly Manning, Clint Sawyer, Dave Huff, Patrick Newkirk, Chris Welch, Kelly Evans. Photo by Aubrey Mortensen. Click for hi-res.

Shook   cover art.  Click for hi-res.

Shook cover art. Click for hi-res.