The Senate Arcade

The Senate Arcade


Sort of a Seattle meets DC sound. Spidery guitar work, girthy basslines, thundering drums, and wailing vocals. High in energy. Spastic but very catchy. Like Jawbox and Duran Duran and Fugazi had a baby... An awesome baby.


The Senate Arcade is an anomaly. Beautifully propelling itself between the gaps of indie rock’s genres du jour, this three-piece from the Pacific Northwest turns out explosive, well-crafted rock songs. To describe TSA you can start with the sum of its parts: spidery, algebraic guitars, driving bass-lines, deafening and complex drum rhythms, powerful vocals, robotic synthesizers, and an inexplicable fascination with Patrick Swayze’s seminal film, Point Break. Pulling influences from all over the musical landscape, TSA’s blend of post-post-punk meets math-wave has been described as “uniquely their own,” but draws comparisons to bands like No Knife, Jawbox, At the Drive In, and Minus the Bear.

The band formed in 2002, when guitarist Matt Terich and drummer Austin Hugill ended their search for the missing piece by enlisting the help of vocalist/bassist Todd Schlosser. In 2003 they began playing shows regularly, steadily building a buzz with their unforgettable live performances. (Complete show history available at

With the release of their debut EP, Vitamins Taste Like Dying, in August 2003, the band continued to spark interest. The track On The Floor was featured in Microsoft Game Studios’ Project Gotham Racing 2 for xbox, the sequel to the best-selling console racing game. The song was also released on the PGR2 retail soundtrack in record stores nationwide. The songs I’m Going to Win and Theft Scenario can be heard in the wildly popular snowboard game Amped 2, also for xbox.

The Senate Arcade have toured the West coast of the US and have received college and commercial radio play from Seattle to San Diego, including 4 weeks in the top 30 on KCR radio in San Diego and a stunning 10 weeks on John Richards’ (John in the Morning) top 10 on KEXP, Seattle. Additionally, TSA has played live sets on KEXP, KGRG and KNDD (107.7 Seattle). Most recently the band was nominated “Best Indie Rock Band” by the Seattle Weekly, only to get beat out in a surprise upset by the obscure, little known Atlantic and Barsuk recording artist Death Cab for Cutie (featured on Fox’s The O.C. and MTV2.)

The Senate Arcade is currently in post-production on their first full-length album. The record, which is still untitled, was recorded and produced by The Senate Arcade and mixed by Seattle producer Matt Bayles (Murder City Devils, Pearl Jam, The Posies, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Screaming Trees, These Arms Are Snakes, Mastodon, Vendetta Red, Minus the Bear.)


Vitamins Taste Like Dying EP
Full Length in post-production
Tracks from first EP have been on many stations including KEXP and 107.7 The End and 2 XBox games.

Set List

Sets are usually 35 to 45 minutes though we can play as long as we're asked. Songs average about 4 minutes. No covers. Average set list:
1. Wrecking
2. Theft Scenario
3. I'm Going to Win
4. Your Silence Is Your Yes
5. The Tourist
6. I Guess I'm Part of the Problem
7. Doom
8. On the Floor
9. Interstate