Call it ambitious, but The Whelming Waters’ genre-bending debut album, “Bon Voyage” is sure to surprise and delight you. Despite containing tracks with various instrumentation influenced by a wide variety of musical styles including rock n roll, blues, folk, and country, just to name a few, “Bon Voyage” somehow still maintains a remarkable cohesive element that can only be described as the sound of The Whelming Waters.
Formed in the winter of 2015, The Whelming Waters began when three high school friends John, Collin, and Nina, decided to start a folk trio consisting of mandolin, guitar, and violin. However, when the songwriting quickly started to expand, and with the introduction of two new members in the form of Collin’s older sister Kelcie and her husband, Jereme, the group suddenly became a rock band with a wide variety of musical styles and a “no rules” attitude when it comes to songwriting or genre restrictions.
Their music is characterized by everything from catchy melodies to aching harmonies and ranges from raucous horn-laden romps to heartfelt country ballads; all combined with thoughtful lyrics and a healthy dose of humor. With the addition of two more longtime friends in the form of a second saxophone player, Andy, and Kristen on keys, the band’s sonic profile was established.
The Whelming Waters have performed at various venues, festivals, and events in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas including Mr. Smalls Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe and Deutschtown Music Festival to name a few. The band placed second in the 2018 Pennrock Scholarship Battle of the Bands and made their television debut on Good Day PA! in Harrisburg in 2019.