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WELLES video for “Rock N Roll” is a nostalgic, animated trip

Having just released his debut record, “Red Trees and White Trashes,” with his unique and jarringly emotive vocal stylings that might sound something along the lines of Kurt Cobain collaborating with Zeppelin, Welles is continuing where the rock greats before him left off.

It comes as no surprise then, that the video for “Rock n Roll” is a nostalgic, animated trip (watch above). Created by Diego Huacuja from Basa Estudio based out of Mexico City, the visual artist wanted to “visually communicate the personality and vibe of the song,” noting how there’s a “heavy rock and roll tone mixed with a certain indifference and absurdness within the lyrics that I was really drawn to.”

Huacuja continues – “All of the elements and characters represent the lyrics at that moment of the song as well as how I think Jesse would imagine and draw those lyrics. Like the “square” parents. We all know parents are (sometimes) square. The fictional character of Jesse just wants to be free, hang out everywhere, and enjoy the moment.”

“The same happens with the style of illustration. We decided to represent that freedom in the strokes, shapes, colors and adding a fanzine texture which I personally love and think really fits great with the whole video. The artwork has no rules, no walls or floors, we just wanted to create a rad animation video for this cool song.”

“Wells is already writing hooks that any of his heroes would envy…The sound on this album is huge, putting Welles in the same league as the smart bands reviving rock’s mainstream…. “Red Trees and White Trashes” has the heft and complexity to likely earn a few Grammy nominations.”- NPR

WELLES tour dates:

9/7 // Austin, TX // Antone’s*
9/8 // Dallas, TX // Club Dada*
9/9 // Houston, TX // White Oak Upstairs*
9/11 // St. Louis, MO // The Ready Room*
9/12 // Kansas City, MO // The Riot Room*
9/14 // Atlanta, GA // Masquerade Purgatory Stage*
9/15 // Carrborro, NC // Cat’s Cradle*
9/17 // Brooklyn, NY // Music Hall of Williamsburg*
9/18 // Washington, DC // Black Cat Back Room*
9/20 // Philadelphia, PA // Boot & Saddle*
9/22 // Boston, MA // Middle East Upstairs*
9/25 // Detroit, MI // The Shelter*
9/27 // Indianapolis, IN // HiFi*
9/28 // Columbus, OH // The Basement*
9/29 // Chicago, IL // Beat Kitchen*
9/30 // Minneapolis, MN // 7th Street Entry*
10/2 // Denver, CO // Moon Room*
10/3 // Salt Lake City, UT // The State Room*
10/5 // Seattle, WA // Barboza*
10/7 // Portland, OR // Mississippi Studios*
10/11 // San Francisco, CA // Slim’s*

*direct support for Dead Sara