Two years ago, Extra Arms were solidifying their line-up in the overpopulated indie rock scene of New York, but as the band continued to play shows and grow, something special started to be noticed by people – there was a layer of depth to this band – musically, lyrically and visually. This was not your typical indie rock band; rather, this was the type of band that inspired people the way timeless groups do with a special fan-to-band relationship. Extra Arms’ lyrics and music hit a particular emotional center that has resonated with many.
Back in April, the band released its first official single, “Race to Sleep”, which was mixed by Bryce Goggin, responsible for classic Pavement albums of the 90’s and most recently Antony and the Johnsons. The song, and its b-side, have been well-received on the local indie circuit, and was described glowingly by critics with quotes such as: “Extra Arms has a truly unique style…dark atmospherics collide with intricate guitar lines and abstract vocals” and “the riffs like clockwork, the slow build up to a nicely cathartic guitar solo, the familiar-yet-fresh vocals, it all adds up to a great sound”. While the band enjoyed the praise, they continued to push themselves and finished recording the tracks that will soon constitute their debut album, due this October. The album was mixed by uber-sought after producer Alex Newport, responsible for City and Colour’s recent Canadian #1/US Top 30 album, Little Hell, along with working with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie.
Taking a break from mixing, the band was recently invited and performed at this year’s North by Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) in Toronto, the premier Canadian festival destination for new and emerging talent, which is attended by 280,000+ fans. This represented a major coup for the band early on its career, and acts as a great forecast for future endeavors. In the meantime, check out the band’s new single, “Powerlessness”, which showcases a different side to the band and provides more rewards as they continue to challenge the boundaries of depth and sonic structures of guitar music.