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"Freewilliamsburg Live Review - ArpLine"

http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/archives/2009/06/the_artists_for.html

"Arpline, who you may remember as The Kiss Off, made their “debut” at The Mercury Lounge this past Saturday. Rarely have I had the opportunity to see a band evolve over time, as I have Arpline over the past couple of years. Although their sound has always been inventive, they have stepped it up, bringing in some brass and a new atmosphere to push them to the next level. With songs like “Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper” and “Weekend at the Colonies” you can’t deny there is an intelligence and craft to each song. And it will definitely make you move your feet.

If you have heard Arpline, but haven’t been to a show, I would definitely urge you to go-- their live performance brings an entirely new energy that you won’t be able to experience otherwise (say, via myspace). Though part of me misses The Kiss Off, I am looking forward to Arpline’s next step. Whichever direction they chose to move in, I doubt it will disappoint.

Also, opening for Arpline and bringing the heat, was Big Bang TV, appealling to those who like bands similar to The Postal Service, but are striving for vocal range and an eclectic arrangement. Varying between dance happy pop rock and somber melodic ballads.

And, no worries to The Kiss Off fans-- though you've got to call them Arpline now, the band consists of all the same boys you know and love."

-- Torey Schantz - Freewilliamsburg.com


"KEXP Song Of The Day -"

http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2009/09/24/song-of-the-day-arpline-fold-up-like-a-piece-of-paper/

"Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper” plays like the climax of a crazed teen party move. The protagonists, after a night of chasing each other and illustrious dreams of freedom, youth, and intelligentsia find that what’s happening now is what’s worth living. It’s a premise that has made us warm with nostalgia for decades and ArpLine taps into that devil-may-care dance theme throughout the genre mash-up of “Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper.” Combining the dark melodies of new wave icons such as Joy Division and Depeche Mode, ArpLine also tap heavily into precise drum and bass beats with a heavy dose of 80s guitar. The track itself is a throwback on some alternate timeline in which the 80s never knew The Brat Pack, choosing to drape the globe in a blanket of Goths on Speed; a land of black and silver, chugging Jolt and popping yellowjackets like they were water and vitamins. ArpLine are the liberators of the 80s. No longer are we victims of Molly Ringwald’s cries of attention from the school’s most popular jock nor must we endure the overwrought emotions of Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. We’re allowed to dress like a steampunk Johnny Cash, forget about self-consciousness, and just dance the night away in a wave of alternate universe splendor. So smoke up, Johnny!" - www.kexp.org


"Knox Road (Music Blog)"

http://www.knoxroad.com/2009/10/05/mp3-arpline-fold-up-like-a-piece-of-paper/

Brooklyn’s ArpLine (formerly The Kiss Off) are destined for great things. Having finished recording a full-length with producer Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead,) the five-piece crew are ready to release the album later this year and we have the first single for you in “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper.”

This isn’t a typical “Lee” song, but I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit, so bear with me, eh? The song combines synth elements with energetic, frantic (but not hectic) vocals. The guitars are slathered in distortion and the beat is supremely catchy. Sure to hit dance clubs in the near future, “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper,” is a techno superstar, with pop rock elements to boot. We also find the second half of “Fold Up…” getting all experimental on us, showing off the band’s talent (or maybe Coady’s…who knows.) We’ll check back in on these guys’ progress in the coming months. - www.knoxroad.com


"Chromewaves Music Blog"

http://www.chromewaves.net/2009/10/the-danks-sharon-van-etten-arpline/

Who: ArpLine
What: New York outfit formerly trading under the name The Kiss Off deals in synth-infused, borderline-histrionic glam anthems. Their full length debut is due out in early 2010. - www.chromewaves.net


"Cool Hunting Review"

Though they formed last year in Brooklyn, The Kiss Off could easily pass as Manchester natives from the early '80s. The band was founded by guitarist Adam De Rosa and bassist Nathan Lithgow, who lay distorted melodies over catchy drumming and synth drones. Sam Tyndall's vocals complete the band, which sounds something like a better-produced Joy Division or a more brooding Franz Ferdinand. The band just finished recording their debut six-song EP, Brace, available streaming on MySpace. If you enjoy Eno-era Bowie or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you might just want to pick it up.

The group will perform at Galapagos in Brooklyn on 29 April 2008. Keep up with future shows and listen to tracks from Brace on their Myspace page. - Cool Hunting


"The Music Slut - TKO @ Union Hall Review"

http://themusicslut.com/2009/01/the-kiss-off-union-hall-amplify/

Last night marked the first-ever (monthly) Spicy Times party at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Sadly, I only caught the tailend of Soundpool’s appearance but from the little I heard, it was positively brilliant and savagely intriguing. On the other hand, I witnessed the entirety of The Kiss Off’s forty minute set which was equally as charming (if not more so). With influences ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen, early Bowie and even some (Brotherhood era) New Order, the Brooklyn based collective piqued my interest in a major way. It’d be relatively easy to classify The Kiss Off as New York’s answer to Glasvegas. However, in all honesty, TKO offers a certain hope and an evident passion which Glasvegas is seemingly void of. In a nutshell, The Kiss Off is one of the most promising local acts I’ve seen in quite some time. Visit TKO on MySpace. - The Music Slut


""NYC Artists On The Rise" - Deli Magazine"

http://nyc.thedelimagazine.com/node/162

"Arpline is a rather epic sounding new Brooklyn indie band with an interesting electronic sound that seems to be based mostly on a wild use of synchronized arpeggiators - hence the name, we guess. These guys played Brooklyn Bowl a few weeks ago and you'll have the chance to see them next at Glasslands on December 15." - The Deli Magazine


"Band To Watch (Quarter Life Party Music Blog)"

http://www.quarterlifeparty.com/band-to-watch-arpline/

Another band from Brooklyn, shocker *chuckle*. But all kidding aside, I saw this in my inbox the other day from the band Arpline and noticed it mentioned the producer/engineer (Chris Coady) for their upcoming album had also worked with Grizzly Bear, TVOTR, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (to name a few). So that piqued my interest enough to give it a listen.

I’m glad i did, because these songs hit me right off the bat. As soon as the first couple measures of Dan Deacon-esque synths started off “Fold up like a piece of paper” i knew i was going to like it. This reminds me of (if we wanna play that game) what a band might sound like if Animal Collective and Wolf Parade got together for a weekend of jammin out. The epic ending to this song only adds to the awesomeness of it (is that a word?).

“Weekend in the colonies” starts off with swirly synths before the catchy guitar and bass lines come in to get your feet tapping. The vocals remind me of some 80’s/90’s singer that i can’t quite put a finger on, and while this isn’t as instantly catchy as “Fold up like a piece of paper” it’s a grower. - Quarter Life Party


"Largehearted Boy / Daily Downloads"

http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2009/07/daily_downloads_1969.html - www.largeheartedboy.com


"Spinner.com "Free MP3 of the Day""

http://www.spinner.com/2009/08/29/arpline-fold-up-like-a-piece-of-paper-free-mp3-of-the-day/ - Spinner.com


"Village Voice - Download: ArpLine's Synthed-Out Breakfast Club B-Side "Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper""

Brooklyn's ArpLine certainly know their way around a synthesizer, blurting out rainbow squiggles that somehow temper their quirky pop with an easygoing, always fashionable New York cool. Equal parts geek and popular kid, it's hard to tell which John Hughes archetype these guys really embody -- a decision made all the more challenging by songs like "Parts Unknown" and "Weekend in the Colonies," which sound like Breakfast Club B-sides if Simply Red had accidentally discovered Suicide. Best not to think too hard and just get enraptured in the group's suffocating bursts of synth and Top Gun hooks. ArpLine's debut album, Travel Book, is due in the fall, co-produced by one the guys who made Beach House's Teenage Dream such a fluttery bliss bullet. The record's first single, "Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper," has a lot more nutso fun with a "Ghost Rider"-style synth sample than M.I.A. could ever dream up, and the corresponding video is just as spazzy, turning a bunch of still photos into a picnic gone haywire.

Download: ArpLine, "Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper"

ArpLine frontman Sam Tyndall on "Fold Up Like a Piece Of Paper"


What is "Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper" about?
Surrender. ... I was listening to Suicide's first record and Cluster's Zuckerzeit and wanted to make something with that kind of beat.

Tell me a story about making this video.

The best was the end part where Bryan the director comes out of the water in that suit and hat. We shot it in reverse, and we only had one go at it because he could only really get wet once. The whole video was shot with single still pictures, so it was a super-intense couple of minutes as Bryan slowly walked back frame by frame into the freezing water.

What's your favorite keyboard sound on any record ever made?

Whoa, tough one. Off the top of my head, I'd have to go with the melody line from the Blade Runner opening titles by Vangelis. That wins the synth beauty contest, maybe forever.

What's the last time you lost sleep for your band?

Making our LP. Studio time doesn't allow me to sleep. The clock is always ticking. Either we're in there for 24 hours, or I'm too stressed to sleep, or I'm too excited to sleep. It's also the best, though.

What's the most memorable show you've ever played in New York?

Hard to forget the super-empty ones. One show at LPR we played even though I had a fever of 101, and no one was there. Really liked playing with Bear in Heaven and Oh No Ono at Mercury a couple months ago. We haven't really opened for bands that we are 100% capital "F" Fans of before. It was dope.

What's your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?

Frankies Spuntino. Order the steak served cold. Prepare to have your mind blown.

ArpLine play tonight, May 13, at the Bell House with Milagres; May 15 at Pianos with Uninhabitable Mansions and Dinosaur Feathers; and June 10 at Mercury Lounge opening for the mighty School of Seven Bells. - Village Voice - Sound of the City (by Christopher Weingarten)


"URB Magazine - ArpLine – “Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper” + Upcoming East Coast Tour Dates (Video) A forward-thinking band begins a massive journey into awesome."

Finding wholesome bands these days are tough, especially with people copping every other person’s sounds in their tunes. On the flipside, there are bands with individuality up the wazoo and are ready to step up but haven’t been exposed yet. Enter Brooklyn-based five-piece ArpLine, a band that goes between distortion, echos, space-age noise and passion, these guys know how to dominate a room with ease. With their upcoming full-length Travel Book to be released in the fall, things are only simmering at the surface for the group. Check out their video for “Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper” below as well as some upcoming tour dates after the jump. - URB Magazine (by Mitch Strashnov)


"RCRD LBL - DOWNLOAD: ArpLine - Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper"

Somewhere between the grandiose stadium strains and the shimmery ‘70s era feedback, Brooklyn quintet ArpLine is rocking us right out of this morning and into the weekend. And a manic backstage montage with the entire RCRD LBL crew stealing drumsticks, falling through banners of silk tied to mics, making human pyramids, and breaking things. What can we say? We like music that could be the soundtrack to sitcoms starring us. ArpLine’s debut Travel Book is out this fall and co-produced and/or mastered by the folks behind The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear, Jeff Buckley and The Shins. In the meantime, they’re opening up for another band we dig, School of Seven Bells, this month. - RCRD LBL (by Hillary Kaylor)


"FILTER Magazine - ArpLine, Weekend in the Colonies (FILTER Exclusive)"

Brooklyn quintet ArpLine have been making waves with music that has been described as both complex and visceral, layering piercing guitars with heavy bass lines and resonant vocal textures. Album "Travel Book" is out this Fall, co-produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Delorean, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Bear In Heaven, The Walkmen, Jeff Buckley, The Shins). Recently opening up for bliss-pop darlings School of Seven Bells for a sold-out performance here in NYC, be on the look out for exciting Summer dates soon to be announced. In the meantime, the five-piece offer us here at FILTER Magazine the exclusive premiere of a special live video performance of track "Weekend in the Colonies" off their forthcoming LP, shot by production team VVusic.

ArpLine is set to play Jelly NYC's Pool Party on August 1 - more details to be announced soon! - FILTER Magazine (by Mike Bell)


"Download: Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – “Home (ArpLine remix)”"

A Brooklyn band that are sort of obsessed with glam rock and the 1970s experimental tinkering and even a bit of European industrial remixing a tremendous song from Alex Ebert (Ima Robot) and his new large-personnel project? Why yes, yes it is. Here we have five-piece ArpLine, fresh off a greatly-received opening slot playing with School Of Seven Bells at Mercury Lounge–a very sold-out Mercury Lounge–last week, taking on the guitar noodling, distortion-heavy, way-over-the-top-but-still-just-a-bit-reserved 2009-released “Home”, from Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, a song that anyone who knows anything about pop culture can easily place. The blues rock pacing is struck with a pitched-out, temperamental jitter throughout. And the whistles? Well, let’s see if you miss them as they’ve been cast aside and replaced by a stomping, Trent Reznor-calling-out beat. Both bands are trekking all around the place this summer, so look out for any dates near to you. You’ll be seriously remiss if you skip out on either one. - The Culture Of Me


"Glide Magazine - CD Review "Travel Book""

This Brooklyn Sextet hopes to have created your electronica-pop soundtrack to the summer with Travel Book. Motoring in multiple directions, the album has a mission to build, layer and sift through tweaks, sonic-yelps and bleeps while tying everything together with head-bobbing rhythms. The best tracks start simple, piling on sound and beats before letting the combination blossom under Sam Tyndall’s vocals.

An instant standout “Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper”, allows the hips to shake and mind to race while propulsive keys and guitars shoot out like lasers over the skipping drums. “Weekend In The Colonies” shows off arena-rock flair with blazing riffs and stomp drums before dissolving away. Tyndall’s voice takes on a variety of shapes, sounding robotic and detached on some tunes or feminine and emotional on others. The band can touch on industrial (“Parts Unknown”) mood (“Sound And Versions”) and even a touch of jam (“Rope”) while still remaining cohesive; ArpLine is willing explore sound where it lives. - Glide Magazine (by Shawn Donohue)


"KEXP Song of the Day: ArpLine ? Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper"

“Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper” plays like the climax of a crazed teen party move. The protagonists, after a night of chasing each other and illustrious dreams of freedom, youth, and intelligentsia find that what’s happening now is what’s worth living. It’s a premise that has made us warm with nostalgia for decades and ArpLine taps into that devil-may-care dance theme throughout the genre mash-up of “Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper.” Combining the dark melodies of new wave icons such as Joy Division and Depeche Mode, ArpLine also tap heavily into precise drum and bass beats with a heavy dose of 80s guitar. The track itself is a throwback on some alternate timeline in which the 80s never knew The Brat Pack, choosing to drape the globe in a blanket of Goths on Speed; a land of black and silver, chugging Jolt and popping yellowjackets like they were water and vitamins. ArpLine are the liberators of the 80s. No longer are we victims of Molly Ringwald’s cries of attention from the school’s most popular jock nor must we endure the overwrought emotions of Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. We’re allowed to dress like a steampunk Johnny Cash, forget about self-consciousness, and just dance the night away in a wave of alternate universe splendor. So smoke up, Johnny!

If you have any plans to catch ArpLine live, MySpace lets it be known that you’ll have to travel to New York City or Philadelphia to catch the band for the foreseeable future. To placate your need, we offer a live video of “Weekend in the Colonies” for your enjoyment:
- KEXP (by Justin Spicer)


Discography

Travel Book (Release Date: Fall 2010)

1. Speed (Rush Ah)
2. Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper
3. Make It Rain
4. Parts Unknown
5. Amplify
6. Weekend In The Colonies
7. Sound & Versions
8. Cap
9. Game
10. Rope

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Bio

- ArpLine is a Brooklyn based five-piece whose music incites a complete aural experience. Indefinite and obtuse, their instrumentation is both complex and visceral, layering piercing guitars with heavy bass lines and resonant vocal textures that cascade into a washy gaze of percussion loops, synthesizers and programmed tones. ArpLine plays music that is both transfixing and poignant, lifting the veil of regularity so aptly found in many of their contemporaries.

Hearing is believing with ArpLine - comprised of Sam Tyndall, Oliver Edsforth, Nate Lithgow, Adam De Rosa and Michael Chap Resnick, the band demonstrates a rich repertory of psychedelic industrial-pop sentiments that challenge the listener to look beyond the walls of sound and test the boundaries of all that is sonically possible.

Brimming with a new kind of mystery and intricacy, including their first single "Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper," forthcoming LPTravel Book is a rich and harmonious blend of sounds, textures and intrigue. Balancing unique rhythms with luscious walls of noise and mesmerizing depths,Travel Book was co-produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Delorean, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Bear In Heaven, The Walkmen, Jeff Buckley, The Shins).