Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


band members

Roderick Smith


Website

www.north-arm.com

Bio

If Roderick Smith didn’t discover an old, dusty guitar in his sister’s cupboard at age 11, his life may have taken a completely different turn.

Growing up in Newcastle, Smith spent most school holidays with his large family in the sleepy coastal town of North Arm Cove – and the old guitar became a regular fixture.

Now permanently Sydney-based, Smith has spent the past few years focusing on North Arm, and under his project’s moniker has already released two EPs and a critically acclaimed self-titled album in 2015, which was “really contemplative, and a nostalgic glimpse of a time and place spending summer holidays in a sun-drenched place like North Arm Cove.”

“If the first record was a snapchat of an 8-year-old ranga on a BMX,” he says, “this second record is...a bit more of a troubled teenager."

"I'm Awake" is the latest single from the upcoming second North Arm record, 'Let Love Through'. Upbeat with a tinge of melancholia, this track takes its cues from the more danceable and tongue-in-cheek moments of The Whitest Boy Alive. "I consciously set out to make everything heaps clearer on this record and I'm Awake is intentionally way more direct and accessible".

Coming in at a little over two minutes, the song is about "…reflecting on times when I could have been a better human and wishing beyond anything that I could have done things differently." The track name is quite literal: "It sounds totally contrived, but I woke up with the lead guitar riff in my head and immediately hummed it into the phone recorder. I couldn't let it rest until I pulled all the ideas together. After that, it went off like a fire cracker. It was all about keeping it super fun, super short and super simple."

North Arm plan to release the sophomore LP, 'Let Love Through', on 17 November and will celebrate with a release party in Melbourne at the Gasometer Hotel on 2 November (with Quivers and Darling James) and in Sydney at the Botany View Hotel on 17 November (with Swimwear and Darling James).

Review

Review by Nat Tencic Nat Tencic

21 Mar 2017

Triple J
40

Those guitar tones really ring through you. This is nervy and beautiful.

Those guitar tones really ring through you. This is nervy and beautiful.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

09 Sep 2016

Triple J
40

the way you overlay pacy, immediate drums with floatier chords and melodies is really clever.

the way you overlay pacy, immediate drums with floatier chords and melodies is really clever.

Review

Review by Maggie Collins Maggie Collins

04 Aug 2016

Triple J
40

This track is so instant and easy to love! It's got such drive and it sounds like something a band like Interpol would have wished they wrote.

This track is so instant and easy to love! It's got such drive and it sounds like something a band like Interpol would have wished they wrote.