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.

Each of their three long-players on Xtra Mile Recordings, 'Born To Ruin' ('Stunning': Kerrang!), 'Union City Breath' ('A triumph from start to finish': Punktastic) and 'The Southern Wild' ('A glorious surprise': R2) has showcased a band at the top of their game and made them many fans around the globe. They have also released eight singles including two split 7”s (with Frank Turner and Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun), and a single for Record Store Day on Household Name Records. 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. The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their fourth album, 'Dark Hands, Thunderbolts'.


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, Murder By Death, Restorations, Cancer BatsBoysetsfire, Sonic Boom Six and Apologies I Have None. They have played many festivals along the way including Boomtown, 2000 Trees (nine times!), Reading/Leeds, Boardmasters, Groezrock (Belgium), Riez (Germany) and Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic).

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