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.
Recording of their debut full-length album with Daniel Blake Productions began in the winter of 2019 and shortly after, the band joined Pittsburgh-based record label Devil Inside Records. Leading up to the album release in the summer of 2020, The Whelming Waters plan to continue to grow their repertoire and fan-base and expand their live schedule in order to pursue their musical goals into the future.
*Album art and promo photos by Jereme Guidas
* Christian West for the band promo photo against brick.
* Spellbound in a Flash for the images of us from Cattivo in September 2018.
* Krystal Ritenour for the images from Deutschtown Music Fest 2019.
*Special thanks to all of the special guest performers on our album: Josh Covert on trumpet, Tom Buchko on trombone, Clint Erb on Pedal Steel Guitar, and Nate Fessler on keys! They are accomplished and busy musicians who took the time out to make our new songs fantastic!
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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.
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The heart of the group, Collin is the primary songwriter, lead vocalist and guitar player.
Something truly magical happens when Kelcie and Collin sing together. Perhaps it's genetic, as they are brother and sister.
John "The Robot" Scott, so named for his metronomic timing, is not only a drummer, but he occasionally gets to step out from behind the set to play guitar, bass or even mandolin.
Nina pulls double duty! When she's not adding the sweet and sometimes sorrowful violin sounds to our folkier tunes, Nina rocks out on the bass guitar.
Though Jereme Guidas primarily plays the tenor sax, he occasionally sits in on drums or bass. Doing a little bit of everything is exactly what he enjoys. That includes creating most of the album art and photography for the band. Some of his saxophone idols include Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and David Sanborn. Though his sound is something of its own, more like the incoherent rambling "saxiness" only found hidden in the extended cut of David Bowie's "Let's Dance". You can only tell when Jereme is truly stage-ready if he's wearing a denim jacket.
Andy, the alto saxophone player, brings a bright, measured, yet punchy sound to the bands more rock'n' tunes. When two saxes are in the mix, smiles are sure to be had.
The newest addition to the ensemble is Kristen, the band's dedicated keyboard player. She also likes to sing and perform solo gigs.
" The Whelming Waters' new song “Whiskey Song” will make you want to swing as soon as you hear it. The instrumentation is refreshing yet nostalgic. Pulling from 1950’s swing rock n’ roll, and big band music, The Whelming Waters flow musically. The vocal sits on top quite nicely and has a touch of current rock in the delivery style. The melodies are catchy during all sections which is quite a rarity these days."
-Ryan Cassata (Rock The Pigeon)
"It’s obvious that they have dynamic chemistry together ... This recording almost sounds like a lively and high-spirited party among friends, which most likely is exactly what it is!"
"Their sound can’t be defined by one genre or another. One thing that does define them is great music. The Whelming Waters change their arrangement with each song providing violin, trumpet, trombone, mandolin, sax, and piano. Each arrangement will leave you in awe from the beginning to the end. "
"Just watching you on WHTM 27/Good Day PA! IMHO, you are the best band I’ve heard on the show! Keep up the good work, guys & gals!"
-Jo Harpster Frontz
"This compelling [group] will be sure to perk ears in awe of their rustic music abilities. "
- John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck ("Ya Jagoff!!!" Podcast)
“TWW’s defy traditional musical genre restraints and they represent how art flourishes when you break the chains that limit creativity.”
-Nikki Hassinger (Filmmaker)
"Their talented musicians seemed to have no problem switching between instruments. This allowed them to have a variety of sounds that like the torrential waters of the river, just drew you in further and further with each song of their set. If you see this new up and coming band in your area, go check them out. But be prepared to become part of the coming flood of fans of the Whelming Waters. "
-Craig Ferry (Craig Ferry Photography)