The Arsonist
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Oct
04
The Arsonist @ the Beat nightclub

Northbridge, Western Australia, Australia

Northbridge, Western Australia, Australia

Sep
13
The Arsonist @ C5 (Metropolis Upstairs)

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Aug
31
The Arsonist @ Settler's Tavern

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

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Disguises is the debut effort from local lads The Arsonist. Full of glistening pop gems it takes you through a deluge of infectious synth sounds, thumping drums and striking powerful bass chords that blend perfectly with some outstanding songwriting.

A bare bones piano combined with a funky, driving drum beat, bring forth the first single and opening track Breakdown. Here the urgency of Nick Di Lena’s vocals are laid bare with great results and are well supported by the equally talented Louis Rendle O’Shea and Tim Collins, “I can’t do this anymore, So bless your heart for trying, She’s a shadow of what I knew, I must regain my fire”.

Closer begins slowly before weaving together an array of rhythmic, pulsating beats, which balance perfectly with the smooth, soulful vocals of Di Lena and O’Shea. A sparse, almost out of place piano briefly appears around the halfway mark, to give the song a gentle haunting touch. In Easy Lover the funky and mesmerising drumming of Steve Judd blends effortlessly with a bar-room piano to have you guessing where these clever arrangements will lead to next.

Holding On To You is able to successfully push the acoustic guitar above a canyon of pop rhythm that once again fuses effortlessly around the soaring vocals of Di Lena and O’Shea. The title track Disguises pulls you into the night with a killer chorus that follows you to sleep, “I thought I’d seen it all, Until she had my back up on the wall”.

Judd’s drumming instinctively shines in the atmospheric Antimatter. Taking on a more expansive journey, the layered, repeating vocals brings this highly accomplished EP to a close.

With all songs produced and written by the band, it’s obvious this talented quartet from Perth have, with their debut effort, created something special.

Continuing to move full steam ahead, we can expect a new single to be released in December, with the EP to follow in February 2014.

AR - Suburban Murmur


Disguises is the debut effort from local lads The Arsonist. Full of glistening pop gems it takes you through a deluge of infectious synth sounds, thumping drums and striking powerful bass chords that blend perfectly with some outstanding songwriting.

A bare bones piano combined with a funky, driving drum beat, bring forth the first single and opening track Breakdown. Here the urgency of Nick Di Lena’s vocals are laid bare with great results and are well supported by the equally talented Louis Rendle O’Shea and Tim Collins, “I can’t do this anymore, So bless your heart for trying, She’s a shadow of what I knew, I must regain my fire”.

Closer begins slowly before weaving together an array of rhythmic, pulsating beats, which balance perfectly with the smooth, soulful vocals of Di Lena and O’Shea. A sparse, almost out of place piano briefly appears around the halfway mark, to give the song a gentle haunting touch. In Easy Lover the funky and mesmerising drumming of Steve Judd blends effortlessly with a bar-room piano to have you guessing where these clever arrangements will lead to next.

Holding On To You is able to successfully push the acoustic guitar above a canyon of pop rhythm that once again fuses effortlessly around the soaring vocals of Di Lena and O’Shea. The title track Disguises pulls you into the night with a killer chorus that follows you to sleep, “I thought I’d seen it all, Until she had my back up on the wall”.

Judd’s drumming instinctively shines in the atmospheric Antimatter. Taking on a more expansive journey, the layered, repeating vocals brings this highly accomplished EP to a close.

With all songs produced and written by the band, it’s obvious this talented quartet from Perth have, with their debut effort, created something special.

Continuing to move full steam ahead, we can expect a new single to be released in December, with the EP to follow in February 2014.

AR - Suburban Murmur


This scribe’s second consecutive night at the Rosemount was a different affair that proved none the less encouraging in its showcase of local music. First act up and Sparks Vertigo demonstrated a sublime, ornate sound of depth and intricacy. Finely crafted with a keyboard and piano combo, plus plenty of familiar faces and vocal talent, the six-piece were sending some serious As Tall As Lions vibes; a mighty fine thing. One-man beat extraordinaire Sam Perry grooved through some vocal percussion loops and verbed-out vox that drew admiration in a different kind of way. Losing himself in some Eminem verses, the dude has got his set absolutely smoking at the minute. If you looked away you would never know you weren’t listening to a DJ performance.

The oestrogen-fuelled Boys Boys Boys! proved a delightful – if a little too sugary – addition. Camp as shit, the band have a knack for making the mundane contagious and have deservedly forged a sound of their own on the back of some seriously catchy tracks; new addition ’90s Forever pointing to a direction with no less the kitsch. Preparing to record their debut album, expect plenty more of the kind of songs guys in cardigans and over-sized glasses ironically enjoy. R&B revivalists The Arsonist earned a large and deserved headlining audience for a band still very early in their existence. Launching their debut EP Disguise, the twin vocal attack was as smooth as it was fly-stretchingly sexy. Channelling the greats (MJ and JT), the emotive piano and synth lines, soulful harmonies, and intricate, restrained beats demonstrated nothing but talent. Closing with the fantastic single Breakdown, overhearing a burly looking man turn to his equally burly looking mate and say, “I wish I could sing like that”, you know you’re onto a winner.

Written by Luke Butcher - Drum Media


Discography

Disguises (EP) - 2012
Breakdown (Single) - 2012
Disguises (Single) - 2013

Singles and EP available for purchase @ The Arsonist website, all Australian CD outlets, and through ITunes

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Blending thick electro beats with atmospheric layers of synth and quintessential pop hooks, The Arsonist’s 2012 debut EP, Disguises, launched the Perth four-piece with flair and confidence. Comprised of friends from bands as stylistically apart as the brooding Eunuch Schools and prog superstars Karnivool, The Arsonist started out as an exciting band on paper – an impressive sum of its parts – but as they found their feet, and the greater artistic direction took shape, The Arsonist arrived at a definitive sound. Produced by Dave Parkin (Snowman, Jebediah) and balancing catchy songwriting with dancefloor energy, Disguises introduced a slick but soulful new take on Electro Pop.

Beginning with the creative spark of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Louis Rendle O’Shea, The Arsonist build each song with intricate layers: the powerful rhythms of drummer Steve Judd, the driving synth and bass lines of Tim Collins, and the soaring vocals of Nic Di Lena adding the final signature touch. Versatile and dexterous, this combination of people, and the musical arrangements they achieve, is at the heart of what makes The Arsonist special... they are a pop band with a rock band’s energy; as impacting in their gentlest moments as they are in their most bombastic.

Selling out a series of launches for the EP and its singles, The Arsonist became one of Perth’s most talked about live bands within the first year of their existence. Earning favourable reviews for their intense and uplifting live shows, The Arsonist performed at the Beaufort Street Festival in front of a wandering crowd of 100,000 people before heading out on their first national tour. Disguises and first single Breakdown found a home on both community and commercial radio, reflecting the overall appeal of the band, which has been unconfined to any one scene or another.

With their second generation of songs road-tested and ready, The Arsonist will return to the studio in September to begin working on the follow-up to Disguises. With this new EP, further plans to tour, and an album not too far past the horizon, The Arsonist are gearing up for an even bigger year than their first.

“The twin vocal attack was as smooth as it was fly-stretchingly sexy” – The Music

“Channelling the greats (MJ and JT), the emotive piano and synth lines, soulful harmonies, and intricate, restrained beats demonstrated nothing but talent” – The Music

“Natural songwriters” – The Drum Media