Welcome Center is a Dance-Pop/Post-Punk band formed in 2018. Jesse Smith and Aaron Sternick write, record and produce all of the band’s music from Dallas and Philadelphia, respectively – a long-distance collaboration only made possible by 14 years of friendship and a cloud storage account. Smith and Sternick fuse driving bass-oriented rhythms, lush synths, noisy guitars, and sticky pop melodies, with lyrics touching on existentialism and the afterlife. In 2018, the duo performed more than forty shows across the U.S., released their first EP, and began working with Kyle Pulley (Hop Along, Kississippi, Dr. Dog) on the first two singles they will release in early 2019. Their debut EP ‘Disorder’ was described by Atwood Magazine as “whisk[ing] listeners into some kind of lo-fi heaven – it’s clear they are operating within a world of their own”.
‘Disorder’ EP Press:
Welcome Center communicates “feelings of loss, numbness, and pain through a musical compilation that feels almost tactile; they weave differing sensory strings into a fluorescent blanket of melody.” – Atwood Magazine
“Charming nostalgic indie pop. Early Youth Lagoon meets Ariel Pink.” – Earbuddy