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Arc Iris & Armies
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Doors at 8pm | Show at 9pm
About Arc Iris
This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return.
The group has always embraced theatricality. Displaying an array of costumes, flare, and light rigs, enhanced by choreographed dance moves, an Arc Iris live performance is a proper spectacle that matches the group’s manifest musical abilities and talents. A whole new live experience accompanies the Icon of Ego performances.
With heavy synthesizer work by Tenorio and Adams, and seemingly impossible transitions executed effortlessly by Belli, the songs on Icon of Ego carry a thick, analog electronic sound that harks back to the 70s. Presiding over these are Adams’ powerful vocals that house the energy under pop forms.
Armies is an American music group from Portland Maine, formed in 2015 consisting of Dave Gutter (songwriter, producer, Vocalist, and guitarist) and Anna Lombard (arranger, vocalist, pianist), Jon Roods (producer, bassist, and keyboardist), DJ Elsworth (beatmaker, producer) and Ryan Curless (drums and percussion).
The band name was inspired by a tumultuous relationship Gutter had with a girl named “Ami”. Once when a friend asked where Dave was, someone answered “he joined the Ami”. Many of the lyrics of Armies are based on the conversational dynamic of a couple.
The band define their music as Rock/R&B dance music with a sound that has been heavily influenced by hip hop, gospel, funk and psychedelic French pop of the sixties. Their self-titled debut was released in August of 2015, just three months before being named #1 of “15 Great Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2015” by Rolling Stone Magazine.