Savvy electro-pop from a band destined not to be ‘local’ anymore
I first caught Arp Attack at the Road to Blissfields – Winchester, where they were the teaser for what kind of talent Blissfields held in store. I made the foolish mistake of not purchasing then single Follow The Rhythm, but I’ve been saved by the release last week of their EP Devil’s Drop that is quite rightly acquiring plaudits across the blogosphere, recently being picked up by BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson’s fresh faves. For a band that has already played with the likes of Delphic, Too Door Cinema Club and Everything Everything, its the next step in a very promising career.
It’s a musical fusion of pop at its catchiest with jagged and fucky electronica. Singer Frankie Murdoch is both a force to be reckoned with live and a vocalist of great range on record. Drummer Kev keeps things pumping along with a fusion of acoustic drums and electric beats while guitar/synth man Chris earns their name with his layered parts.
The EP opens with a pop-hit in Amnesty. Plucked strings undercut a myriad of guitar, synth and vocal lines as singer Frankie Murdoch offers to ‘throw you an amnesty line’. It’s a great tune, and catchy as hell too, before murky bass brings in Lucky Man, an echoing sprawling track that keeps up the quality. A tinkling bell introduces us to Bicycle which is… a song about a bicycle. It somehow manages to avoid the ridiculous and actually becomes quite a funky song. That all leads into title track and key song Devil’s Drop at the end of the four-track EP.
All-in-all this is a more than convincing release from the group, proving that they are a band destined for success, expect to be hearing tunes for this invading your radio soon. It’s pop at its most inventive and raucous and not a million miles from personal favourite AlunaGeorge, although where that is more DJ based, Arp Attack still retain that core feeling of a band sparring off each other, coolly and confidently. It’s a cracking release and well worth the investment, as you get a killer remix of the title track bundled in too. Click the artwork to go to the band’s bandcamp page where you can buy the CD, or follow the links from the above soundcloud stream or just get it from iTunes.