ArpLine @ Death By Audio // 04.22.10
It's been far too long since I've gone to a show to see a band on recommendation in a raw, DIY space that isn't overcrowded with people who've read about the next big thing in Time Out NY. I hardly use MySpace anymore to check out bands because that website consistently fails to stream properly anymore, but it worked enough to give me a taste of ArpLine's sound. Lately, it's hardly bothered me when a band reminds me of those that came before, and there were reminiscent moments of Arcade Fire, the Beatles and the Killers under vocals that wavered between Jack White, Lou Reed and Peter Murphy.
I must have listened to Travel Book, the band's debut, at least 6 times that day before going to Death By Audio. I was completely sucked in and almost shocked by how fast I took to this band and agreed, whole-heartedly, with the press release's comment that the music would fit in perfectly with a John Hughes film were he still alive and active today.
This band could be huge by the time CMJ rolls around, and while I can see them sonically filling out a big venue it was a full pleasure in the concrete confines of S 2nd + Kent. Originally called the Kiss Off, this Brooklyn band has been making waves in everything from KEXP to Brooklyn Vegan. Though the whole album works great in its entirety, "Parts Unknown" is definitely one of their stronger tracks and I highly recommend checking them out if they're playing again in Brooklyn soon.
Download: ArpLine - "Parts Unknown"