Wess Meets West / Press

"Wess Meets West labels its own music as “defiantly optimistic,” which is as good a description as anything I can come up with. There’s another pretty good word for it, too: “beautiful,” in an unabashed, even romantic way. For all its complexity, Wess Meets West’s music is always emotionally direct, honest, and engaging. It’s music for taking a long trip in a fast car to a part of the country you’ve never seen, for standing on a high peak — even, dare I say it, for falling in love, like you can only at the end of summer."

“Wess Meets West is a defiantly optimistic instrumental rock/metal band which began 10 years ago as the project of lead guitarist Sam Stauff. They originated as a singer-less outfit but over time have introduced sparse vocals to guide themes and boost the dynamic presence of certain songs. As they’ve evolved, Wess Meets West have incorporated electronic samples to brighten and expand texture and provide a denser backdrop upon which to shred, breakdown and groove. The result is a flood of constantly shifting melodies that are connected by fluid motifs.”

“Hailing from White Plains, NY, this quartet channels the grandiose soundscapes of EITS and the dynamic contrasts & tempo shifts of And So I Watch You From Afar in equal measure. Birthed from a studio project of guitarist Sam Stauff in 2005, the group’s discography has featured several full-lengths and extended plays that showcase a steadily solidifying lineup and a consistently honed sound.”

"Wess Meets West make beautiful noise without the aid of vocals—just two guitars, a bass and drums—but there’s no reason to call this post-rock. Since forming in 2005, the band has released four longish EPs and collaborated with John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday."

"Wess Meets West is one of those groups that must be witnessed live. Cathartic, intelligent, and more passionate than most"

Dan Verner - Dan Verner

"it's pretty clear that the band is aiming for unfiltered, pure emotion here, but it has the songwriting chops to back it up and a heart of gold to fuel it"

The Silent Ballet

"Wess Meets West builds cathartic crescendos into each song, but they manage to breathe life into them and convey overwhelming emotion with each percussive explosion... With great structure and an adventurous sound, Chevaliers is the best genuine post-rock record of 2011"

Lewis - Lewis and His Blog

"Huge epic indie quasi-metal in the vein of Russian Circles. There were a few moments when the band appeared as though it could force a crescendo through pure energy".

Hartford Advocate

"Wess Meets West, who offer all the orchestration of Explosions in the Sky...The music goes beyond anthemic -- it soars, it crescendos, it breaks the wall of sound. When they interacted with one another onstage, it was to recharge themselves for the next onslaught"


“Wess Meets West has atmosphere in droves: When they reach a layered, guitar-wailing, cymbal-crashing climax...They're epic tunes, moving through several passages and creating plenty of space-rocking drama.”

Brian LaRue - New Haven Advocate