Arc & Stones is a rock group originating from Brooklyn, NY. The band, comprised of members Dan Pellarin and Ben Cramer, is set to release their debut EP, Arc & Stones EP, February 12, 2013. The EP was produced and mixed by established producer Jeremy Griffith at Singing Serpent Studios in the heart of NYC. Each of the five songs display distinctive attributes of the band.
With both members only in their early 20’s, the band is eager to establish a name for themselves throughout the NYC music circuit as well as a national touring act. Already, they’ve graced the stage at major venues such as the Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, the Red Lion and the Bitter End. In advance of the EP release, the band have released an official music video for “Silence”, directed by Eddy Bayes.
The band’s self-titled debut album is absolutely magnetic. The guitar sounds will blow your mind, while the synchronicity between the vocals and the background musical harmonies is truly amazing. Its nice to hear an album where every piece that is played – be it drums, bass, lead guitar or vocals stand out as being brilliant while no one really shows up the other. This album is well balanced, fresh and edgy and has a nice rawness to it.
There are so many things right with this album and its production that it’s difficult to choose where to start from. First off, I think that the lead vocalist, Dan Pellarin, has such an incredible tone that catches your attention from the start and never lets it wander, until well after the end of the album.
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Also, the album makes use of fusing several genres and sub-genres of plain old rock, from alternative to blues and right down into soul, that makes an exciting and slightly addicting mix, to keep your ears glued from start to finish.
Right from track one, “Silence,” Arc & Stones succeed in covering the whole spectrum of emotions on this album, and the diversity of the tracks makes it a great pick for anyone. The guitars ring and drive deep, while the strong lead and melodic, harmonious tones, from the combined musical arrangements and vocals will entrance you.
Every track is a standout, while “Say Goodbye,” “Let Me Down” and “Rise” are my personal favorites. But almost any song here, could be a radio single. You’ll never get tired of listening to them, and there seems to be a song that fits whatever mood you’re in.
In my opinion there are absolutely no filler tracks, and for me this holds the distinction of being one of those rare finds in which I genuinely enjoy each song from beginning to end. I’m totally in love with the vocal styling, reminiscent of some of classic rock’s greats, the bittersweet and grinding gutter melodies, the crunching guitar riffs, and the haughtily heavy, yet always appropriate bass lines.
If you love classic and indie rock, this one album alone, will satisfy your musical sweet tooth on both counts. Brilliant!
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