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Missio and Welshly Arms rock the Underground

Fans show off their dance moves to the EDM style of Missio

The Fillmore Underground was once again packed to capacity on Tuesday night as fans of all ages filed into the dimly lit venue. From Cleveland, Ohio, indie rock sestet Welshly Arms immediately brought the crowd’s attention away from their phones and onto the stage. The six piece group opened their set with “Never Meant to Be” followed by “Love in a Minor Key,” both off of their 2015 self titled album. The groups fourth song of the night “Sanctuary” was a hit with fans especially when vocalist Sam Getz hit an incredibly long and high note.

Welshly Arms 7“When we did our second EP it was all covers. This is a favorite song of mine from that album,” Getz informed the audience as he began to sing “Hold On I’m Coming.” Vocalists Bri and Jon Bryant’s vocals added to the southern bluesy feel of the track along with the sound of a tambourine.

The final song of Welshly Arms set “Never Be The Same” off of their Legendary EP was a fast pace track that showed off each members talents. Both Bryants began to jump up and down and the crowd quickly followed their lead. The track ended and turned into a steadily increasing jam session in which they said their farewell to Charlotte.

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Twenty minutes after Welshly Arms set, the house lights went out as the dim red lighting of the stage came on. Haunting chants filled the venue as instrumentalist David Butler took the stage first, taking his position stage left. Making his big debut decked out in a white, hooded robe worthy of a Star Wars film, vocalist Matthew Brue opened the set with “Temple Priest.”

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The sound of sirens alerted the crowd to the next song on Missio’s setlist. “Twisted” got fans chanting the chorus along with Brue who continuously moved back and forth on the stage, engaging the audience.

One of the most anticipated songs of the night came up forth for the show: “KDV,” which is also known as the Darth Vader song brought the club vibe in the audience as fans of all ages began to jump and dance to the hypnotic beats provided by Butler.

“Good evening, Charlotte! This is some crowd for a Tuesday evening,” Brue commented as he took a quick breath.

“When we decided to do this tour, we were told it was going to be a huge risk and that we didn’t need to do it, but we have a song called middle fingers for those assholes,” Brue joked as he paced the stage.

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The slower beginning tempo of “Middle Fingers” began to fill the venue as excited fans who had been losing energy throughout set instantly got a boost as their favorite song began to play. The light show and dancing crowd was reminiscent of a club on EDM night. The floor was an ocean of movement and middle fingers as Missio played one of their more popular singles, which was featured of the season 8 trailer of the Showtime show Shameless.

“Now we have a cover of a Lena Del Ray song that’s pretty popular, and were always asked why we don’t play it on tour. So we’re not going to play it tonight…” said Brue with a straight face. Until – “Just kidding! Here’s ‘West Coast.’

“DWI” off of the 2017 album Loner was the seventh song of the evening “I wanna see those hands Charlotte get em’ up,” Brue encouraged as fans danced to the electronic rock track.

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“What we get to do is so much more than working songs. Our music isn’t about the fame or the money. We get a platform to help get away from the bullshit. What’s cool is if you’ve listened to the album Loner, you know the album deals with alcohol, addiction, and depression. Being in this room tells me that there are a lot of you who are struggling. So if you are one of those struggling know your not alone. I’m here with you. This next song is pretty special to me, and it was written at my darkest time. This track is called ‘Can I Exist’ Brue stated leading into the next song of the evening.

The final song of the evening “Kamikaze” was featured with dark blue stage light and Brue sang his heart out along with the audience, some of who were wiping tears from their eyes. As “Kamikaze” came to an end, the members of Missio left the stage as the lights grew dimmer, only leaving the bands logo alit. As chants of Missio filled the venue a laugh came thru the speakers.

“Okay stop it, come on, that’s enough,” Brue laughed as the group returned to the stage. “We hate encores. So back in January we decided we weren’t going to be doing them. Instead we are going to end the night with a new song we’ve wrote.” Butler, who was speaking for the first time that evening commented. “This next song goes out to ever selfish asshole man who has ever cheated on their wife and left their families. That shit fucks with kids. This song is called ‘Black Roses’ and it goes out to you, dad.”


As the final note of “Black Roses” faded out, the audience screamed and praised their love for Missio who were graciously waving at the crowd before taking their final steps off of the Underground stage. Missio, who are continuing their tour through June 30th, will be covering the lower forty eight before making a fast trek up north. Follow Missio on all social media platforms to keep up with news, show photos, and backstage shenanigans!

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Upcoming tour dates:

Wed 7 PM CDT744 guests
Mon 7 PM PDT60 guests
Las Vegas, NV
Mon 8:30 PM PDT355 guests
Portland, OR
Fri 7 PM MDT2 guests
Aspen, CO
Fri 9:30 PM MDT37 guests
Aspen, CO
Sat 7:30 PM MDT27 guests
Denver, CO
Mon 7:30 PM CDT98 guests
Saint Paul, MN
Austin, TX
May 25 – May 274 guests
Camden, NJ

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