Armchair Cynic (Ã¤rmï¿½cher sinï¿½ik). n. Individual who gripes, moans and criticizes with no intention of taking redemedial action. Favorite expression: ï¿½If I was running the country, blah-blah-blah-blah.ï¿½ From the Latin root armchairus quarterbackus.
Armchair Cynics. n. Crunchingly intense and melodic four-piece contemporary rock band from Victoria, British Columbia. Optimistic, driven, proactive. Walk it like they talk it.
What is up with Victoria B.C these days? The birth place of such musical heavyweights as Hot Hot Heat, Nelly Furtado, and Swollen Member has done it again. Armed with a solid repertoire of songs that are undeniably well written and passionately executed, it could be said that Island favorites Armchair Cynics are standing on the precipice of huge success...maybe it is something in the water.
With the new line-up just over a year old, Armchair Cynics has already received some high honors for their accomplishments including winning BandFEST Vancouver Island (2002) as well as picking up multiple M Power awards (Best Artist, Best Male Songwriter, and Best Producer/Engineer ) for their debut album "Coffee Shop Confessions".
Sometimes the secret to success is as simple as the right combination of personalities and talents to create a band with distinct identity, a characteristic sadly lacking in popular music today. With the Armchair Cynics, all the elements are securely in place, creating the perfect conditions for originality, and even f*%@ genius.
Front man and founding member Kenn Coutu possesses a songwriting style encompassing all the emotional lyricism of Sunny Day Real-Estate and Incubus, with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Adam Duritz. The perfect compliment to Kenn's intelligent and passionate song-writing abilities is the thoughtful guitar stylings of Adam Sutherland, whose moody guitar licks and sound phrasing fill the space within each song. Engaging the listener even further is bass player Aran Puritch, whos technique is a welcome departure from the boring, hidden bass lines of the past.Combine those elements with the charizmatic , heavy hitting beat of drummer Ryan Rae , and you have a bomb thats ready to explode.
Since signing a recording agreement with the Vancouver based record label 604 in early 2004, the Armchair Cynics are perfectly poised to start conquering the world!
The band's loyal fanbase in Victoria is going to have to get used to the idea of sharing, as this is just the start for these extraordinary musicians...
Kenn Coutu: Vocals, Guitar
Adam Sutherland: Guitar, Vocals, Synth
Aran Puritch: Bass
Ryan Rae: Drums
Killing the Romance EP (2005)
Coffeeshop Confessions (2004)