Arms and Legs

Arms and Legs

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Joy Division meets Radiohead with an indie pop sensibility.

Biography

CT/NYC-based Arms and Legs (Scott Daly and co.) are signed to China's largest independent record label, Modern Sky (www.modernsky.com). They are currently mixing their new album in New York with Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony and The Johnsons, etc.).

Arms and Legs have performed with the Yeah Yeahs, Deerhoof, Panther, Joanna Wang, Maximo Park,
The Lemonheads, and others. Arms and Legs recently supported Retribution Gospel Choir (feat. members of Low) in CT and in New York at Mercury Lounge. Arms and Legs are a featured headliner at the 3-day Strawberry Festival in Beijing in May, also featuring Xiu Xiu, Radio 4, and others.

"Dreamers Do" from their debut album Everything Is Gonna Be Ok is currently featured in a national TV commercial for Dayquil.

Please see:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/armsandlegs

Video from China:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vo8_WQ4gio

From the Stamford Advocate:
Even though Scott Daly was raised in Bethel, he experiences a severe case of culture shock every time he returns to the quaint, northern Fairfield County town.

"It's been a rough two weeks," he said during an interview from Jacqueline's Restaurant & Bakery in Bethel last week. "Here, there is like 15 feet of downtown. It's so weird not being able to walk to the subway.

"Not only that," he added, "I can talk to anybody I want."

Indeed, Bethel is a much different place than Daly's home for the past six months -- the bustling, congested metropolis of Beijing.

But the size, the subway and ease of communication aren't the only differences. In his hometown, the Danbury-born rock musician performs for small audiences at intimate bars and clubs; in Beijing, he plays for huge crowds at the biggest festivals in China.

"It's so ridiculously weird," said Daly, who three years ago signed to Beijing-based Modern Sky Records, one of China's most prestigious independent labels. "For the audience, they get to see all these Chinese bands. Then, all of the sudden, there is this white kid up on stage playing guitar."

Back in his old stomping grounds, Daly, who goes by Arms and Legs on stage, will play a pair of concerts this weekend. The first gig takes him to Danbury's Heirloom Arts Theatre Friday, where he will perform with long-time friends and bandmates, drummer John Hripak and keyboardist John Laranjeira. Then on Sunday, Daly and Hripak will appear at a benefit concert at Cousin Larry's Cafe in Danbury. They return to Beijing in the spring.

Arms and Legs' trans-Pacific journey began in 2004 when Daly, then just 21 years old, opened for indie rock band Kiss Kiss at 169 Bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side. It was there that he met his future manager, Michael LoJudice, who was impressed with Daly's acoustic guitar set.

Two years later, LoJudice, who had earlier accepted a position as general manager at Modern Sky Entertainment, USA, asked Daly if Arms and Legs would fly out to Beijing to join the company's thriving record label. Daly accepted the offer and shortly after his arrival, he was handed a guitar and shoved on stage in front of 15,000 people at the famed Modern Sky Festival.

For Daly, who had toiled in the Danbury music scene since his late teens, it was totally unexpected.

"I thought I would go (to China) and have to pay my dues all over again," he recalled. "But then, they put me on the lineups for all these festivals. I became friends with other bands and played backup during their encores."

This proved a boon to Arms and Legs. Along with Hripak and Laranjeira, Daly appeared at many of Beijing's premier rock venues, including the trendy Mao Live House, where Arms and Legs played a headline performance for an audience of 1,200. The band's debut record, "Everything is Gonna Be Okay," has also sold well in the burgeoning Asian country.

"You can get a wider audience a lot faster than playing in dingy bars," Daly said, laughing. "It was actually kind of nerve-racking."

Living and working in Beijing has also informed Daly's artistic approach. When he first landed in Beijing, he performed the pastoral indie folk he had come to develop after years of listening to singer/songwriters Marc Bolan and Elliot Smith. But the style "didn't quite fit in," Daly observed, adding that Beijing's acoustic guitarists covered '60s-era rock songs "and nothing else."

Arms and Legs' new sound, however, is rooted in the electronic music that has filtered into China's fledgling DJ scene. Daly described the style on the six-track "Nothing Ever Was" and soon-to-be-released follow-up record, "The Baggage Wheel," as "Radiohead meets Joy Division" for its somber blend of atmospheric techno and experimental punk.

"The Chinese love electronic music but they adore and worship British and American rock bands," Daly said. "We're trying to produce a mix of both."

Now that Daly, Hripak and Laranjeira are back in Fairfield County, they are refocusing their efforts on the scene that nurtured them. Begi

Lyrics

Entitled

Written By: Scott Daly

this is happening
just like he told me
start with the sad
and end up in sadness

its quickening
just like the sad is
hard times for hearts
that hang in the balance

you're another heart
that breaks too quickly
starts with a smile
and ends in an instant

I've been trying
but it just gets faster
starts with a laugh
and ends up in laughter

just another one
to keep things silent
I'm all for silence
just keep in silent

I've been trying
and it just gets harder
hard from the start
its harder its harder

there's a lie inside your head
it wants a piece of your heart
another lie and you believed
it was in everyone

they never told you
that the end comes slowly
we all start alone
and all end up lonely

I wanna wake up
wanna wake up to the sound
of a sin inside the heads
of the people who believe in it

there's a silence
in your heart's transmission
so listen to your heart
like you listen to the radio

this heart
this head
our weakness

this love
this life
our sickness

you call this innocence
the blood you spilled for this
a place you hide inside
where no one goes

its right in front of you
the light you're running to
its calling you back home
what will you do

Discography

• Alice - 7" 2 Song Vinyl
• Self Titled - 7 Song E.P.
• Self Titled - 9 Song Demo Release
• Everything is Gonna Be Okay - Full Length Debut Album
• Nothing Ever Was - Upcoming 12" E.P.

Set List

We have a 30-40 minute set, depending on whether we play only originals or include covers. The set time is doubled if we include the acoustic set.