11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

L.A.’s White Arrows are dabblers: with electro-pop, dance rock, and psychotropic freakouts (both modest and bold), the group manipulate vocals just enough to get our attention, drown choruses in bottomless pools of reverb, and aren't above conjuring the occasional spaghetti western guitar or swath of gothic gloom just when you don’t expect it. Frontman Mickey Schiff croons like a soul singer on the steamy “Scream” and on the galloping “Get By," which recalls a '70s action flick. He blends his craggy falsetto with an urgent dance club beat on “We Can’t Ever Die” and adds some gnarly rockist guitar rebellion–an interesting mix. (Old-timers might recall Theater of Hate’s “Do You Believe in the West World?”) “Nobody Cares” slinks along on a fat bassline, twinkling synths, and spare acoustic guitar, with shifting tempos that sneak up on the listener while Schiff’s voice turns aqueous and murky. It’s a stealthy track that sticks. “Can’t Stop Now” hints at cartwheeling Cali grooviness but retains a troubled kind of heart, which is a good way to describe the whole collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

L.A.’s White Arrows are dabblers: with electro-pop, dance rock, and psychotropic freakouts (both modest and bold), the group manipulate vocals just enough to get our attention, drown choruses in bottomless pools of reverb, and aren't above conjuring the occasional spaghetti western guitar or swath of gothic gloom just when you don’t expect it. Frontman Mickey Schiff croons like a soul singer on the steamy “Scream” and on the galloping “Get By," which recalls a '70s action flick. He blends his craggy falsetto with an urgent dance club beat on “We Can’t Ever Die” and adds some gnarly rockist guitar rebellion–an interesting mix. (Old-timers might recall Theater of Hate’s “Do You Believe in the West World?”) “Nobody Cares” slinks along on a fat bassline, twinkling synths, and spare acoustic guitar, with shifting tempos that sneak up on the listener while Schiff’s voice turns aqueous and murky. It’s a stealthy track that sticks. “Can’t Stop Now” hints at cartwheeling Cali grooviness but retains a troubled kind of heart, which is a good way to describe the whole collection.

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About White Arrows

White Arrows are an indie rock band from Los Angeles, California, who incorporate electronic and psychedelic elements into their music. The band was formed by singer/songwriter Mickey Schiff (aka Mickey Church), who, while living in New York, initially posted one of his songs online and was surprised by the amount of attention it quickly received from influential blogs and publications like Nylon Magazine. After relocating to L.A., Schiff assembled the full lineup of White Arrows, which included Steven Vernet on bass, Andrew Naeve on guitar/electronics, John Paul Caballero on guitar/electronics, and Schiff's younger brother Henry Schiff (aka Henry Church) on drums. The group quickly gained traction, releasing its debut album, Dry Land Is Not a Myth, in 2012 on Seattle-based label Votiv. Tours of the U.S., Europe, and Australia followed as the band supported acts like Cults, White Denim, the Naked and the Famous, and !!!. They also made key appearances at major festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch. Their follow-up album, In Bardo, was released in September 2014. ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2011

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