Dream Rock & Glittering Sadness

Bowling Green, Kentucky

WET EYED LIARS, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, are a musical embodiment of glittering sadness who get their thrills from making dreamy grooves while riding the glittering griffin into the flaming moon.

WEL formed in the fall of 2015 when drummer Joshua Riddle convinced Melissa Jones to play her acoustic songs with a full band:

Joshua: My other band had just broken up, and I was looking for a new band to play with. Melissa always played these beautifully haunting acoustic songs around the house, and I kept hearing them in my head with a full band. But Melissa had no interest in being in a band or performing on stage. I told her we should get with a couple friends to flesh the songs out just for fun, and also so I could have something to practice drums to; she agreed. 

Melissa: It started out as just a fun jam session. We got together a few times and put together arrangements for four or five of mine and our guitarist, John's, songs. Halloween was coming up, and the boys decided to throw a party at our practice space. Then, a few weeks before the party, they decided we should play our songs live. Reluctantly, and only because I could hide behind a Halloween costume, I agreed to do this once. We've been playing shows ever since. 

Wet Eyed Liars' sound is a melancholy brew of dreamy, spacious indie-rock with powerful female vocals, bluesy guitar, catchy hooks, and a tight, booming rhythm section. Similar in sound to Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Stars, Mazzy Star, and Daughter.

Wet Eyed Liars have built a strong cult following in a short amount of time and recently finished recording their debut self-titled EP at Thunder Sound Studio in the intimate backwoods of Franklin, KY.


Wet Eyed Liars are:

Melissa Jones - Vocals/Guitar

John Kent Shelton - Lead Guitar

Cory Agent - Bass Guitar

Joshua Riddle - Drums

Melissa Jones proves to be a commanding frontwoman; her cutting lyrics tinged with melancholy pair masterfully with the songbird’s unfeigned smoky vocals.
— Sam Osborne, Fringe Zine

Melissa Jones - At The A-Frame


Group photo credit: Andrew Pearson @pearsons_insta