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Arts Martial

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE
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I caught them in Perth on the weekend, seriously one of the best bands I saw when I was in Perth last week for the WAMI awards
-Dom Alessio, Home and Hosed (on air) - Triple J


I caught them in Perth on the weekend, seriously one of the best bands I saw when I was in Perth last week for the WAMI awards
-Dom Alessio, Home and Hosed (on air) - Triple J


Arts Martial began with a martial-type electronic voice recording repeating the four-piece band’s name. The reason this band were the Next Big Thing winners of 2009 was evident from the beginning. They delivered an energetic and refined performance that cut the bullshit and demanded the attention of everyone, even commanding impulsive dancing and jumping from a small, enthusiastic group towards the front of the stage.

Problem Child was rough, rebellious, unrestrained and evocative as indicated in its title. The harsh, captivating and varied vocals of front-man, Jarrod Ross, in Dreams matched the exciting and quick changing rocky rhythms that kept the dancing kids hooked. The epileptic light changes during the violent drum solo and almost repetitive soft war-cry, in which Ross was joined by the band’s bass player and guitarist to utter the words “Oh, oh, sweetheart,” concluded the loud, tight tune.

Ross commented, “The night is quiet. We’ve never played a candle-lit dinner before so we’ll just try and run with it,” seemed fitting for the slower track Why Stay Here. The unpredictable sounds of the keyboard combined with the calm but rapid vocals and echoes made for an interesting different tune compared to the rest of their set.

Brew Like Bitter and Picture offered epic electric riffs and fresh, new and exciting lyrics which were catchy, upbeat and enough to make a few more fans join the dancing party of happiness up the front. Even the boys from Art in Algebra were shaking out some moves. Vibrant tune, The Only Ones and more familiar, Supernational saw beer and bubbles of champagne spill onto the infinite dance floor of rock as fans fired up. Slower-paced tune, Operate didn’t hold back when it came to the chorus and the excruciatingly energetic drum solo that introduced the final song for the set; Sugar proved quite subtle compared to the wild deliverance that ensued.

Arts Martial put on a spectacularly entertaining live show. Their explosively raw but refined catchy pop- rock tunes have already attracted a great deal of attention and it won’t be long until everyone is hooked.

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Sporting hooks that could land Moby Dick, local lads Arts Martial set about justifying their 'band to watch' tag, turning a healthy crowd onto their brand of smart pop-rock. Tracks like Supernational and Sugar are built for these fun-time crowds and if things go to plan Arts Martial could well become a constant fixture on the national tour circuit. - Xpress magazine


Arts Martial began with a martial-type electronic voice recording repeating the four-piece band’s name. The reason this band were the Next Big Thing winners of 2009 was evident from the beginning. They delivered an energetic and refined performance that cut the bullshit and demanded the attention of everyone, even commanding impulsive dancing and jumping from a small, enthusiastic group towards the front of the stage.

Problem Child was rough, rebellious, unrestrained and evocative as indicated in its title. The harsh, captivating and varied vocals of front-man, Jarrod Ross, in Dreams matched the exciting and quick changing rocky rhythms that kept the dancing kids hooked. The epileptic light changes during the violent drum solo and almost repetitive soft war-cry, in which Ross was joined by the band’s bass player and guitarist to utter the words “Oh, oh, sweetheart,” concluded the loud, tight tune.

Ross commented, “The night is quiet. We’ve never played a candle-lit dinner before so we’ll just try and run with it,” seemed fitting for the slower track Why Stay Here. The unpredictable sounds of the keyboard combined with the calm but rapid vocals and echoes made for an interesting different tune compared to the rest of their set.

Brew Like Bitter and Picture offered epic electric riffs and fresh, new and exciting lyrics which were catchy, upbeat and enough to make a few more fans join the dancing party of happiness up the front. Even the boys from Art in Algebra were shaking out some moves. Vibrant tune, The Only Ones and more familiar, Supernational saw beer and bubbles of champagne spill onto the infinite dance floor of rock as fans fired up. Slower-paced tune, Operate didn’t hold back when it came to the chorus and the excruciatingly energetic drum solo that introduced the final song for the set; Sugar proved quite subtle compared to the wild deliverance that ensued.

Arts Martial put on a spectacularly entertaining live show. Their explosively raw but refined catchy pop- rock tunes have already attracted a great deal of attention and it won’t be long until everyone is hooked.

- faster louder


These guys (Arts Martial) are so confident and fun-loving, just give them a few beers and some instruments and you know your going to get an into it and energetic show. Although they may still have only played less gigs than Princess Di had affairs, Arts' long of friendship pulls it together in infectious ways. When added to songs like Problem Child, they're surely destine for some good triple j rotation soon. - Drum Media


These guys (Arts Martial) are so confident and fun-loving, just give them a few beers and some instruments and you know your going to get an into it and energetic show. Although they may still have only played less gigs than Princess Di had affairs, Arts' long of friendship pulls it together in infectious ways. When added to songs like Problem Child, they're surely destine for some good triple j rotation soon. - Drum Media


Discography

PROMISES WILL GET YOU NOWHERE (LP 2012)
Produced by Tom Larkin(Shihad, Calling All Cars)
Engineered by Ben Ehrenburg
Recorded at Studios in the City & Head Gap, Melbourne AUS.
Distributed in AUS and NZ by Inertia Music

SILHOUETTE (EP 2010):
Produced by Laurie Mcallum @ Sumo Studio's, Perth AUS.
Album of the week on RTRFM 15-22/02/2010.
Drum Media - Single of the Week
Featured on Surfline.com
Available on iTunes.

Check out the Clips @ www.artsmartial.com.au

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“They look and sound like a band that I want to have beers with"…is what someone said to me about Arts Martial after watching them live during the WAMi Festival earlier this year. It’s easy to know what he meant... These guys are just playing rad rock built for good times right now. Stuff you can punch the air too. Just in time for summer." - AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association)

Since forming in Perth in 2010, Arts Martial have been relentlessly working towards this album. Playing the Big Day Out and Southbound festivals and having a critically-acclaimed EP within their early stages, it was apparent that this band had hit the ground running. As their profile steadily rose over the course of the next couple of years, Arts Martial divided their time between touring Australia with the likes of Calling All Cars, and bunkering down in the studio with Larkin. When they reappeared, the first songs they had to show – Running and Rule The World – were electric. Arts Martial had written songs that were structurally efficient and simple at their heart, but with a deeper sophistication that took a familiar rock pastiche to new and far more interesting places.

With its immediate drum hook and uplifting chorus, single Running was picked up from the band’s Unearthed page and earned itself rotation on triple j. Its success as a straight-ahead pop anthem opened the door for a second single to delve deeper into Arts Martial’s broad musicality, and follow-up single Rule The World did just that. With nostalgic, somewhat melancholy lyrics, but a decidedly more playful video clip (produced by the band’s guitarist Gavin Murray) Rule The World picked up where Running left off as a seamless marriage of pop hooks and solid rock.
Excitedly taking their new songs on the road, Arts Martial are set to switch back into touring which will see Arts Martial crack a few beers and celebrate their accomplishment, but the start of an exciting new chapter… their debut album is now a real thing, and the future is a blank canvas.

As the start of everything to come, Promises Will Get You Nowhere is an epic and majestic testament to just what Arts Martial can do.