Established in 2005, Devon lefty roots-punks, Crazy Arm, didn't know what they wanted to be when they grew up so decided to throw everything against the wall to see what stuck. The result is a creative, grizzly and sprawling mess of ‘60s protest song, post/hardcore, Americana, bluegrass, anarcho-punk and heartland rock’n’roll, combined with a grass-roots, anti-fascist slant.
The band have released four albums on Xtra Mile Recordings: 'Born To Ruin' in 2009 ('Stunning' Kerrang!), 'Union City Breath' in 2011 ('A triumph from start to finish' Punktastic), 'The Southern Wild' in 2013 ('A glorious surprise' R2), and 'Dark Hands, Thunderbolts' in 2021 ('Staggeringly ambitious' Classic Rock magazine). Each album has showcased a band at the top of their game and made them many fans around the globe.
They have also released a clutch of singles including their debut 7", 'Broken By The Wheel', on Seven Records, two split 7”s (one with Frank Turner and one with Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun), and the 'Little Boats' 7" for Record Store Day on Household Name Records. A brand new single, 'Floating Bones', will be released on 12th May 2023 to coincide with the band's first tour of Canada.
Over the years, Crazy Arm have developed another side to their forte: playing stripped-down acoustic songs, with fiddle, banjo and close harmonies, that reflect their fondness for folk-roots, bluegrass and Americana. Their third album, 'The Southern Wild', bore the fruits of this venture.
Crazy Arm have toured the UK/Europe countless times as headliners and with the likes of Against Me!, Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, Larry & His Flask, The Skints, Murder By Death, Restorations, Cancer Bats, Boysetsfire, Sonic Boom Six, Muncie Girls, Bangers and Apologies I Have None. They have played many festivals along the way including Boomtown, 2000 Trees (ten times!), Reading/Leeds, Boardmasters, Groezrock (Belgium), Riez (Germany) and Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic).
The Crazy Arm collective:
Darren Johns - vocals, guitars, banjo, bass
Jon Dailey - guitars, bass
Tia Kalmaru - vocals, guitar
Matt Wise - drums, vocals
PJ Shepherd - bass, vocals
Sean Howe - drums
Ben Russell - drums
Simon Dobson - trumpet
Luke Antonik-Yates - violin, vocals
Becky Saxton - vocals
Samantha Spake - violin
Tim Langsford - drums (studio)
Bob Barrett - drums
Patrick Pearson - keys