BY: ZACH MICKLEA
SOUTH LYON - In June, self described "post hardcore meets surf punk" band Welman teased new music with the image above. Yesterday, the band announced the new LP, Totem, will be released in the fall.
This will be the sophomore release from Welman, who released a debut EP in September called Meteorology on NDE Records.
The writing process of this upcoming album began around October, according to drummer Tyler Keir.
"We finished writing it all by May 2016 and left for Philadelphia in June to record at The Headroom Studio," Keir said.
The major theme of the album is a "tribe-like sense of brotherhood," according to Keir, who also added that some of the 10 songs will be "serious," while others will be "fun and upbeat."
The name Totem comes from the band's interest in the outdoors and the closeness between each of the three members.
"Totem just felt right at the time, and it still does, " Keir said. "We started to feel like a tribe in a modern sense, I suppose."
NDE Records and Running Around Records will be releasing the album, and the band will be getting a run of cassette tapes from Michigan-based Provision Records, which released Grey Matter's 2015 EP Failure.
"After everything we've been able to accomplish since we even began writing this project, it's meaning still holds true, even more so now than it did then," Keir said. "We were able to grow together in many different aspects, learn together and create as a tribe in a way. It's been a really good year for us, I feel, and there is still much more to come."
Recording the album is complete. Welman is currently waiting on the mixes and masters of the songs. The band plans to release a single from the album next month.