AA Arrowhead

AA Arrowhead

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VINTAGE ROCK FOR A NEW GENERATION. AA Arrowhead's debut album, Life, showcases a melding of numerous musical styles, with classic rock influences like Joe Walsh, funk influences like The Meters, and more modern funk rock influences like Maroon 5. All that + signature percussive guitar playing = AAA.

Biography

AA Arrowhead, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, brings the best in rock & roll sounds to the American Midwest. With influences ranging from funk and reggae to blues and alternative, AAA’s unique rock sound excites, inspires, and spices up the life of any party in town. Front man Philip Stichtenoth’s raw vocals pack a pitch-perfect punch while Ben Waters, the group’s songwriter, keeps it all interesting with dynamic, groovin’ drum beats and unforgettable guitar riffs.

AA Arrowhead's debut album, Life, was released in December of 2009, and showcases a melding of numerous musical styles all grounded in the fertile soil of vintage rock & roll. With classic rock influences like James Gang and ZZ Top, funk influences like The Meters and Stevie Wonder, and more modern funk rock influences like Maroon 5 and TobyMac, AAA’s Life lifts the spirits, nourishes the soul, and rocks the body.

The title track of the album successfully blends a funk/fusion groove with a catchy, modern rock chorus. The second half of the song is devoted entirely to funky, solo-ridden instrumentation that ought to please any beat enthusiast. "Morning" mirrors the feel of "Life," but in a more funk-oriented way. Vintage rock sounds--infused with rhythmic, percussive guitar playing reminiscent of the style of Joe Walsh (think "Funk 49" and "Walk Away")--abound on "Full Throttle," "False Freedom," "Serpentine," and "Depths." The album's first single, "Speak"--a driving anthem that channels 50's rock, 70's hard rock, and modern alt rock and metal--forms the centerpiece of the song lineup, along with its acoustic prelude, "Never Again." A Jack Johnson/Maroon 5 adult alternative sound with bluesy overtones is predominate on the catchy tracks "Today" and "Only Natural." "Passerby" and "Claborne" round out the album, featuring psychedelic reggae and acoustic singer/songwriter sounds, respectively.

The Virginia red clay soil featured in the album artwork (along with the striking arrowheads found there by Ben Waters’s Choctaw Indian grandfather) underscores the enriching, life-giving earthiness of the music—music that is Authentically American.

The dawn of a new decade sees the entrance of a band with a fresh take on the time-tested musical style of rock & roll: AA Arrowhead. Vintage rock for a new generation.

Lyrics

Speak

Written By: Ben Waters

You said yes with no conviction
Then I left it to fate
not knowing you were speakin’ language
only you could translate

Oh, just speak and let me know
what’s underneath
What you show
I can’t read
Oh, just open up your mouth and let me know!

I was taking the high road
You were taking the train
But you didn’t let me know
like anyone else who’s sane

Lyrics and music by Ben Waters
(c)2009 AA Arrowhead

Life

Written By: Ben Waters

Debts are piling high and Ricky’s thinking of the ways
he’ll get what’s coming, both unusual and cruel
So imagine his surprise when he heard a story from a man
that someone else already paid his way in full

“What did he say?
Nothing to pay?
I guess I’m learning what it means to live
a life that’s been reclaimed
Not just a way
to rid the pain
a fortified fulfilling freedom thrill
life without a stain
that will remain”

Now Sally knows she’s saved from paying with her life
but she ain’t never once considered there could be more
And after sitting in the dark for years that never seemed to end
she pokes her head into the light--see what’s in store

“What did you say?
Nothing to pay?
I guess I’m learning what it means to live
a life that’s been reclaimed
Not just a way
to rid the pain
a fortified fulfilling freedom thrill
life without a stain
that will remain”

Lyrics and music by Ben Waters
(c)2009 AA Arrowhead

Today

Written By: Ben Waters

Take a part of me
Tell me what you see
Can we ever be
the same?
I can’t walk away
but I gotta say
as long as it’s today
we’re free

I used to think--no hesitation
just simple thoughts
from a simple man
But you’re no simple calculation
and I can’t stop
thinkin’ where I stand

Your eyes hit like a bolt of lightning
but I pretend I’m on a sunny shore
Just one cabana--sun is shining
‘cause without storm clouds in the sky
I know I’m free to soar

I thought my life was milk and cookies
‘til you showed up
and showed up semi-sweet
How can I pass up sheer perfection?
At least that’s what
your pheromones say to me

But I can’t take more complication
I’m getting tired of playin’ hide and seek
I know I’ve got some reservation
So can you just hold on a second
while I set my mind free?

But if I stay
another day
I don’t know what I’d have to give
Give up my way to live

But if I go
we’ll never know
Why don’t we just step back, away
content with what we’ve got today

Lyrics and music by Ben Waters
(c)2009 AA Arrowhead

Discography

Life (c) 2009 AA Arrowhead -- LP