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FEAR UP VIDEO!
Behold! The homemade video to our new single 'Fear Up'! It features virtually all of the Crazy Arm extended family and was filmed on location in Devon, Dorset, West Yorkshire and Swansea. Socially distant, mentally united!
And it's only one week 'til the album hits the virtual shelves! HOLY MOLY! Pre-order HERE.
Listening post... The Carter Family. Constantines. Planes Mistaken For Stars. Cursive. Lana Del Rey.
Darren | 22nd Jan 2021
FEAR UP AND AWAY!
Our new single is out today! 'Fear Up' is the third and final song to be taken from our new album before its release on 29th January. You can listen/download on all the usual streaming/digital formats HERE and on our Bandcamp.
Listening post... Nathaniel Rateliff. Spindrift. The Dolly Rocker Movement. Mogwai.
Darren | 15th Jan 2021
HAPPY NEW FEAR!
Meet the new year, same as the old year, as The Who nearly sang. We don't need to remind you that the devil's trident of Brexit, Covid and Austerity will doom us all to another year of physical and mental anguish, so we won't. Instead, we'll share the news that we'll be releasing 'Fear Up', the third song from our imminent new album, in two weeks (15th Jan)! It's one of our absolute favourites and features the genius that is Simon Dobson on trumpet, and the amazing Tia Kalmaru on harmony vocals. We like to think it sounds like Ennio Morricone conducting the Constantines. Dream big. The album is out two weeks later, on 29th Jan. Giddy? Yup!
Listening post... Fucked Up. Tragedy. Alan Lomax. Dead Kennedys. Elder. The Messthetics. Fairport Convention. The Kunts.
Darren | 1st Jan 2021
The second song from our imminent new album is out today! 'The Golden Hind' is a skewered ode to our hidebound, Brexit-majority hometown, with a musical nod to Fucked Up and 16 Horsepower. You can listen/download on all the usual digital sites HERE or on our Bandcamp. And happy World Monkey Day!
Listening post... Fairport Convention. Off With Their Heads. X. Leonard Cohen. The Both. Chumbawamba. Modest Mouse.
Darren | 14th Dec 2020
Behold! Our little lockdown home movie for the new single, 'Brave Starts Here' (click on the title) filmed on a GoPro and an iPhone. It stars Jon's pet pup, Buddy, and a bunch of his two-legged friends, including everyone who played on the song. Think Cloverfield meets Marley & Me. (Big thanks to Louder Than War for the premiere.) Enjoy!
Darren | 27th Nov 2020
NEW YEAR'S REVELATION!
Hold the front page! Our brand new album, 'Dark Hands, Thunderbolts', will be released, at last, on 29th Jan 2021 through Xtra Mile Recordings! To say we're relieved and excited is a major understatement. It's been four years in the making (but only three weeks of actual studio time), seven years since 'The Southern Wild', and eight months since the online sneak preview, but it's really happening! All those broken promises of ours can now be conveniently forgotten about. It'll be available on vinyl (black or white), CD, digital and all streaming sites. Pre-order the album HERE.
Listening post... King Crimson. Descendents. Idles. Planes Mistaken For Stars. The Clash. Steve Miller Band. Buffalo Springfield. The Mamas & The Papas. Flux Of Pink Indians.
Darren | 20th November 2020
LOCKDOWN ROUND-UP 2!
Here we go again. Stuck in the city and out of our minds. But we have some chipper news. The album is ready, it will definitely be out on Xtra Mile Recordings (vinyl/CD/digital), the release date is set, and we're working on a homegrown video for the lead song. Watch this space for announcements!
Live shows update:
*We're down to play an acoustic set at our beloved 2000 Trees festival, 8-10th July 2021. Details to come.
*It's a long way off but we're confirmed to play Till The Fest in London, 8-10th October 2021 with Bob Vylan, Waco, Charmpit and many more. If everything is back to normal by then, we'll build a UK tour around it. Hope springs eternal!
RIP Robert Fisk 1946-2020
Listening post... Weyes Blood. Elder. True Widow. Planes Mistaken For Stars. The Messthetics. Coriky. Swami John Reis. Bruce Springsteen. Idles. Ian Cook & The Brightest Light.
Darren | 6th November 2020
Some news snippets... We had our first (acoustic) band practise since lockdown! We're booked to play Get Rad Festival, Plymouth on 5th December! We're recording a song for a Fugazi covers benefit record! We're back in Middle Farm Studios soon to complete our new album! We're in talks with Xtra Mile Recordings about releasing it! Other than that, we're just waiting out this situation until near-normal service is resumed.
In separate news, Jon and I have started a little lockdown side-band. No name yet but we have a handful of songs under construction which we'll put up on Bandcamp when they're ready. Watch this space!
Listening post... The Night Marchers. Patti Smith. Lana Del Rey. Low. Ultravox. Dead Boys. Bry Webb. Attack In Black. Protomartyr. The Drips. Western Addiction. Circle Jerks. Descendents. Hey Mercedes.
Darren | 10th July 2020
Covid shmovid! Here it is! Celebrating 15 years of Crazy Arm, a sneak preview of our brand new, unreleased, fourth album, 'Dark Hands, Thunderbolts'. All critical opinions welcome! Spare no feelings! It'll be streaming here and on our Bandcamp for 24 hours only from now (midday GMT). No sales or downloads! That's because the album isn't quite finished yet. We intend to record some extra bits, and possibly add an extra song. But we think it still sounds pretty damn epic (courtesy of Peter Miles at Middle Farm Studios, Devon). So, enjoy some new music on this fine bank holiday. And a huge thank you to everyone for 15 years of support. It means nothing without you. Victory is ours!
Listening post... Lana Del Rey. Johnny Flynn. X. Anna & Elizabeth.
Darren | 25th May 2020
AND WE'RE OFF!
Welcome to the first ever official Crazy Arm website! It's only taken us 15 years! Why we waited so long is anyone's guess but I should think it has a lot to do with an over-reliance on social media and an ever-growing glut of streaming sites. And, of course, we like to take our time. Needless to say, this site is a DIY work-in-progress so bear with me while I learn the digi-ropes. Any issues or suggestions, please don't hesitate to grumble.
HOBOCORE FOR LYF!
And what better time to kick this website off than on our 15 year anniversary? Yup, our debut show was on 25th May 2005 at the White Rabbit, Plymouth, as a fresh-faced trio (Jon Dailey, Simon Marsh and me), supporting local legends, NoComply. So, 15. We're now a stroppy, directionless teenager with an identity crisis and bad skin. Sounds about right.
To commemorate the occasion, we're going to stream our brand new, unreleased, fourth album, 'Dark Hands, Thunderbolts', FOR ONE DAY ONLY! See it as a sneak preview, a little fleeting gift from us to you in these trying times. And also to prove that we haven't been fibbing for the past three years. Rest assured, it will definitely get a proper release when we're through the worst of this unprecedented pandemic, and when we can realistically tour it. Watch this space!
We still have 17 vinyl copies of our acoustic album, 'The Southern Wild', left. It comes in a DIY A3 fold-over sleeve instead of the proper cover - we had a bunch of leftover vinyl without the official sleeves! It's available to buy for a tenner on our BigCartel site (alongside our Clash tribute/rip-off t-shirts and more). Album downloads, lyrics and liner notes available by email on request.
Listening post... Wipers. X. The War On Drugs. Planes Mistaken For Stars. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Hot Snakes. The Both. Tommy & The Commies. Bry Webb. The Gun Club. Daft Punk. Fontaines DC. Fugazi. Rhiannon Giddens. The Clash. Murder By Death. Band Of Horses. Brandi Carlile.
Darren | 18th May 2020