Wide-Eyed Lounge Cat’s drop “The Watermelon Sessions”

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, June 8, 2023

Last Friday, independent recording artists the Wide Eyed Lounge Cats (WELC) released their third studio album The Watermelon Sessions on all  major streaming services, and after 3.5 days can report 5400 streams on the entire album and a  33% save rate on the Spotify platform alone, crushing the total streams of their first two releases  in short order and tripling the Spotify save rate.

“The energy of our monthly residency at The Cats Eye Pub, is spilling into the  interwebs,” said electric-upright bassist, Reggie Stiteler.

Known for their unique arrangements, unorthodox compositions and dynamic live shows,  WELC’s first two albums, Le Cirque (2020) and Cats in a Coal Mine (2021) received critical  acclaim, including a feature in Relix January/February 2022 "On the Rise" issue and nomination  for the 2021 London Music Video Awards for "Fantasy."

“We’re certainly grounded in theory and have a desire to be technical in nature, but at the  end of the day we just want to feel something and be moved by the expressions,” says vocalist &  keyboardist Christian Ventimiglia.  

Founded in 2017, the Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats (WELC) are an Americana Jam/Jazz  quintet born in the basements, living rooms and bars of Fells Point, Baltimore. An amalgamation  of bands and acoustic acts, the Lounge Cats have become one cohesive musical mind. Their  original sound takes influence from the jazz and jam band greats and blends it with the classic  Rock’n’Roll and R&B music we all know and love. Through original music and clever covers

spanning artists from Talking Heads to Ella Fitzgerald, to Dave Brubeck, the Wide-Eyed Lounge  Cats sculpt a soundscape of lucid dreams and improvisation taking you for a musical ride!

Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats are Christian Ventimiglia (keyboards/vocals), Ryan Comstock  (saxophones/vocals); Reggie Stiteler (bass/vocals), Tore Dalaker (guitar), Ben Graham-Putter (drums) &  Chris Peacock (percussion)