Devil by Arms Akimbo

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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.    

“Devil” is about our love/hate relationship with Los Angeles and a sarcastic observation on how easy it is to get jaded about the faux-celebrity instagram culture that is all over the city. We’re taking a jab at social media obsession for painting a false picture of the way things are — and we’re taking a jab at ourselves for choosing to take part in it all. – Chris Kalil.

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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

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