Arts Martial play hook laden rock tunes. Their debut album 'Promises Will Get You Nowhere' dropped in November last year and included triple j Unearthed track 'Running'. After touring nationally with Calling All Cars, they've since gone on to play summer festival favorites Big Day Out and Southbound. Having recently returned from a successful BIGSOUND and national run of dates to showcase new material the band have just released a new double A side single with Fruity Loops and The Devil in Me. Recorded this time in there own studio the tracks were mixed by Andy Lawson (Rainy Day Women, Little Birdy, End of Fashion).
If you're bound for SOUTHBOUND then be sure to get there early this Saturday 7th Jan to catch our competition winners ARTS MARTIAL. The punchy pop-rock of this Perth 4-piece will open the Share stage at 11:15am.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We weren’t really set out on a specific sound though we would definitely be influenced by a bloc party, strokes kind of vibe. We all grew up together but had a fairly diverse taste of music between us. I guess our initial sound came from a mash of genres that we were into and what sounded good together in those early Jam sessions. From there we've just been having fun jamming, writing, playing live and making the most of it. There's both a rock and pop side to our sound. We just spend a solid chunk of 2010 demoing and recording our debut album with Tom Larkin (Shihad, Calling All Cars), which has seen our sound evolve again...
You’re the winners of our SOUTHBOUND competition. What can SOUTHBOUND revelers expect from the Arts Martial live show?
Really excited to be playing Southbound! We love playing live and getting sweaty on stage. We have been buried in the depths of recording for the past 10 months so we are biting at the bit to get out there!
What are you most looking forward to about SOUTHBOUND? Who are you psyched to see?
Definitely Arctic Monkeys. Big fans! Regurgitator playing UNIT will definitely be a highlight, Fleet Foxes.. too many to mention! Will be good to see Arji Barji cracking some jokes also. Just looking forward to the weekend as whole. We are on stage early Saturday so we will be able to indulge in the southbound festivities.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Bands like Jebediah, Gyroscope and Karnivool bands definitely inspired us as we were growing up. Venues like the Indi Bar, Rosemount, Amps and even the old Grosvenor Hotel really helped set the mood over here for bands and the community alike. There is always a lot of great music coming out of Perth in all genres.
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
Releasing our debut album and doing some tours!
Australian music is…?
...rocking! Big ups to triple j and Unearthed for keeping things fresh, exciting and current.View Profile Hide Interview