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Here's what the critics have said.  You can also see full CD Reviews, Interviews, and Live Shows.

"So vivid you can smell the beer and smoke of the bar though your speakers.  Loose and tight at the same time in that spirit-lifting way of raw rock."
- Buzz McClain, No Depression

"Inspired Racket... Live music should always sound as good and loose as The Welterweights"
- Robert Bishop, Pitchweekly

"The Welterweights make a powerful noise... They play songs that sound like they were written with their hair on fire, who'd sell their souls to hear a bar full of people scream "more."
- William Michael Smith, Rockzilla

"Hard 'n' melodic alt-country/rock and the influences are widespread... bits of the Bottlerockets with a shot of the heyday of the Replacements thrown in." 
- Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star

"Crank this puppy up and get ready for some foot-stomping roadhouse roots rock."
- Bill Holmes, Cosmik Debris

"The Welterweights deliver with catchy guitar riffs and a solid rhythm section."
- Ryan Ashmore, the Zone

CD Reviews

No Depression Review, November-December 2001

Pitchweekly - Included in Robert Bishop's Year End "Top Ten Albums" List (December 27, 2001)

PitchWeekly - 2002 Pitch Music Awards Blurb (April 4th, 2002) 

Rockzilla.net - (May 2002)

Cosmik Debris ( January 2002)

Rock and Rap Confidential's 2002 Fifth Annual International Music Writer's Poll  (we got exactly one vote)

Moto's Japanese Review (try it if you can read Japanese)

Kansas City Star - Local Discs Early EP review (May 12, 2000)

Pitchweekly - Early EP review (May 11, 2000)

Other Album Reviews

Here Goes Nothing was also reviewed in a late 2001 issue of UK magazine, Leicester Bangs. The review by Rob Forbes as it appeared in the magazine is as follows:

"Alternative country rockers, the Welterweights, see themselves continuing in the tradition of bands like The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo. Apart from a couple of slowies on their Here Goes Nothing debut, the comparisons are spot on. Their slipshod roots rock is bolstered by Nathaniel Williams talent for writing a memorable song, always a good thing, and the band whip up a storm at every opportunity. Produced with mucho gusto by Lou Whitney of The Morells, Here Goes Nothing will appeal to anyone appreciative of raw, bullshit free rock ‘n’ roll and plenty of great lines. www.thewelterweights.com (7/10)"

Miles of Music gave the following review of Here Goes Nothing:

"With a winning combination of hard-hitting roots rock and rowdy roadhouse attitude, The Welterweights score a TKO victory with their first full length outing. Bulked up on cranked-out guitars and pounding drums, the band flexes their Americana muscles on numbers like "Close Enough", "Hardly Used Car" and "Little Red Light". Hailing from the Kansas City side of Missouri, the group utilized the services of Lou Whitney (of Skeletons and Morells fame) to help produce this triumphant disc."

A reviewer for Village Records had the following to say about Here Goes Nothing:

"The Welterweights are another quality entry in a procession of twangy, hard-rocking bands from the Kansas City area that includes predecessors like The Rainmakers, Truck Stop Love and Hadacol. Hard as those bands sometimes rock, they also have sharp songwriting in common, and the Welterweights carry their own weight in that area, too. All but one of the songs are the band’s own, and although the group (like many other alt-country outfits) looks cross-state to the St. Louis area for its only cover, they win points for originality by making it a version of Chuck Berry’s "Whinin’ Boy." Lou Whitney of The Morells and The Skeletons produced the disc."


We did an interview that was largely about the recording of Here Goes Nothing. It appeared in the July 26th, 2001 issue of PitchWeekly. Go see it:

Pitchweekly July 26, 2001 Interview

Live Show Reviews

Synapsis.net Digital Magazine - Live Review of our Performance at the 2002 Pitch Music Showcase

Pitchweekly Early Live Review - The following review is from one of our first shows on December 20th, 1999 at the Grand Emporium in Kansas City, MO. The review was written by Robert Bishop. It is reprinted as it appeared on the website (the link no longer exists).

It's not that often that the best band of the evening goes on first, but that's exactly what happened at The Grand Emporium during this Zone sponsored Monday concert. The Welterweights found themselves taking the opening slot with their inspired racket, sounding gloriously, if not triumphantly, sloppy. Refusing to stay content with the two guitars, bass and drums at hand, one song closed with some masterful whistling and another featured perfectly imperfect backing vocals, but still staying clear of the realm of amateurs. Live music should always sound as good and loose as The Welterweights. The crowd remained seated throughout the set, but then, it's not as if they got up for the other bands, either. Colorado's Someday I was the middle band for the night, finishing off a short tour in Kansas City and playing its emo-style music with much furor. A couple of songs into the set, the guitarist announced, "For those of you who saw us last night, we play a couple of different songs. Fortunately, we've played them." When the band locked on to a straight-up groove it was truly involving, and even when it meandered into odd territory, there was still a subtle melody to be found. Extra points are to be added to Someday I for keeping the show going even when the bass player's strap broke, forcing him to finish the song with his instrument propped up on bended knee, as well as for letting someone known only as Justin join the group for a song, noting afterwards that he had let the band spend the night at his house. The bill concluded with Talking To Ferns, an excellent bar band, meaning that you can go to the bar without missing much of anything. That's not a bad thing, either; this group just wasn't as intense or involving as the bands that had preceded it. The lead singer of this quintet did mention, during a brief respite from his constant air drumming, that in his defense, "You'll have to forgive me, I'm a little tired tonight. I'm ailing." Perhaps on another night, Talking To Ferns would be an appropriate closer, but this Zone Monday belonged hands down to The Welterweights.

If you would like to see what a reviewer (Ryan Ashmore) for the website The Zone, Kansas City's Source for Local Music, had to say about the same show go to:

Zone Live Review

Finally, if you want to see what Willa had to say about attending one of our shows on June 22, 2000 at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club, click here to see her online journal entry.

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