Quick update to that last post in February that started out “2020 feels good so far.”: I was wrong; 2020 is a mess.
Things of importance right now: Being informed about both local + national politics. Voting. Being informed about racism. Donating/signing petitions/protesting/etc. Being informed about sexism. Being informed about oppression. All of the things that help us move towards real equality. Being a kind-hearted, good-natured human who gives a damn about people other than yourself, including but not limited to those you do not know + those who are different than you + those who believe things that you do not understand or believe yourself.
Reminder: It’s okay to change. That means you’re growing. It’s okay to realize something you believed prior to now was wrong or misguided. That’s progression. It’s okay to be wrong, realize that and come out with a different viewpoint. That’s not phony or fickle: That’s development.
In conclusion, 2020 is a mess and every time I read the news my heart hurts and I get intense anxiety– BUT I believe we can come out clean if we all work together & we all individually do our part and work on ourselves.
This is the shit that is important right now.
Something not as important: Our new EP, “This House Will Be Filled With _____” is coming out 7/17. We hope it brings you a modicum of joy during this truly scary time.
Listen to the EP, make sure you’re registered to vote & we hope to see you again in 2021. Until then, stay safe,
Howdy, kind folk.
2020 feels good so far. We recently wrapped up our new 5-track EP, titled “This House Will Be Filled With ______.” While this won’t be released until Summer 2020, we will be releasing a couple of singles before then that we cannot wait to share.
Andrew Ryan Shepard finished filming the music video to our latest single yesterday, and it already looks beautiful.
On the tour front, expect us to update our tour dates with 3 weeks in April and 2 weeks in June soon! We’re both eager to get back on the road and play live.
I always appreciated how Ben Cooper of Radical Face kept fans updated via longer-form blog posts on his site, so we’ll try to do that more this year too.
Hope everyone is enjoying the new decade so far.
As 2019 comes to a close, we’re excited to announce that we’re in the final stages of finishing our next 6-song EP. We have plans of releasing the first single next year in February 2020 with the full EP release aimed for early summertime. And lots and lots of shows. Like a shitton. Infinite thanks for your support. Can’t wait to share what’s next.
We are ecstatic to announce that our second EP “Is This All There Is?” is out on now all streaming platforms. We would love for you to go take a listen.
1) Is This All There Is?
‘Is This All There Is?’ is the newest single from electronic-pop duo Welcome Center. Out everywhere 6/21/19.
Director: Judd Myers
Starring: Ali Honchell, Nicole Marxen-Myers
DP: Christian Vasquez Production
Designer: Jonathan Rudak
Choreographer: Ali Honchell
Gaffer/AC: Kyle Montgomery
Grip: Neil Anderson, Ricky Riveray Set Dresser: Kaila Rose Parrish
Colorist: Neil Anderson
VFX: John Valle
I’m currently in Atlanta, GA and Aaron and is in Houston, TX. We’re almost always 1,000+ miles away from each other and yet making music together, despite the distance, feels like a breeze. I suppose when you mix obsessiveness with diligence, that’s the outcome.
Towards the end of the year, people always say ‘[Current Year] was one of hell of a year.’ But, honest to whatever-God-you-believe-in, I think it was an eventful year for us– both personally and professionally, in good and bad ways. More on the personal shit when we’re doing the Rolling Stone cover– for now, let’s stick with the music.
In 2018, we toured 40+ dates– from Dallas to Philly, all over Texas, Arkansas, & Oklahoma, and all over the Northeast too. We played some of the craziest shoes we’ve ever played (both inside and outside of WC). Full-on-dance-parties with 150 people going wild; I’m still floored thinking about it. Needless to say, we are both missing being on the road quite a bit lately. So much so that we’ve been talking about our first couple of tours in 2019. As soon as we have more updates, we’ll be sure to write about them + add them to our Tour Dates section.
Being a touring musician is a weird life to lead– when you’re on the road, sometimes you’d do anything to be back at home doing nothing and when you finally make it back home and you’re doing nothing, you’d do anything to be back on the road. There’s something strange and wonderful about staring at America through the window of an old automobile. I feel like a character out of a Murakami novel when we tour.
Three weeks ago, Aaron and I met up at The Headroom in Philadelphia, PA with Kyle Pulley (Hop Along, Dr. Dog, Kississippi) to mix two singles we’ll be releasing in 2019, ‘Decay’ & Is This All There Is?’. We are beyond excited to release these songs– two tracks that showcase the direction we’ve been heading since we started to explore what Welcome Center could be.
Which brings me to the part in this post when I say another generic-blogger-bullshity-thing: ‘Expect big things in [next year].’ But truth be told, I don’t have a clue what that even means. What I can tell you is that in 2019, you can expect more shows, our first (and hopefully second) music video, new merch to rep your favorite existential-dance-duo, and, most importantly, more music to ponder the meaning of existence while you take your DOC at Fabric during your study-abroad semester in London with your over-priced liberal arts college. Don’t fret, friends. We’re in this one together.
Promo by our good pal Miggy