The four-piece band Arms Akimbo have found success touring with Walk The Moon, The Animals and Said The Whale and not too long ago, they released an appetizing single, entitled, “Virtual”.
The single is about social media and how our generation’s most prevalent form of communication these days is commenting. Peter Schrupp reveals, “we’re no exception to the rule. After a while you just need to reconnect. After a while you miss your friends. This song illustrates that desire to shake yourself (and the people around you) awake.”
To describe Arms Akimbo is a maddening series of clichés that manage to form something truly original. They met in college. They all liked the same bands (Portugal.The Man, Local Natives, Hippo Campus, Walk The Moon). They released a self-produced EP (Vignettes) that found quick success. They opened for some bigger bands. This would be tiringly familiar were it not for the surprising speed with which the band gained fans in their Los Angeles hometown. They sold out a small club, sold out a larger club, then another, then sold out legendary club The Troubadour. For a local band, standing out can be a slow and painful task but Arms Akimbo’s Peter Schrupp, Christopher Kalli, Matthew Sutton and Colin Boppell have tapped into that post-college-now-wtf vein of hope, insecurity and fuck it, let’s just enjoy this with their most recent EP The Wrong Kind Of Dance Party. Instantly familiar, the EP (songs from which are interspersed by recordings from an actual house party they threw in their former house), immediately drops you into a typical kegger with all the promise of a good time as well all the dashed hopes and inevitable heartbreak. But the EP slowly exposes the deeper side. The part where you end up at the end of the night, sitting with your best friend in the driveway and wondering what the point of life is. Whatever it is, the band has hit a nerve. Maybe it’s that never ending nag that this time in life is fleeting, that responsibility is knocking hard on the door. Maybe it’s the inspiration that you don’t ever have to lose this feeling. Maybe it’s also a sign of the times… that in an increasingly unpredictable world, the only thing you can count on are friends and the moment: This time, your time.
“One of the most enchanting bands I’ve ever stumbled across” – Flaunt Magazine
“An infectious party-inspired single” – Billboard
“Triumphant music that’ s simultaneously fresh and nostalgic” – Culture Collide
“Feel-good indie rock magic” – Ones To Watch
“We’re not sure how these four guys found each other, but we are so glad that they did” – Impose Magazine