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PLAYLIST PICKS: Arc & Stones
Written by Kate Ferguson
 
 
Some bands slave away playing alone in garages for years on end, and some go from zero to national touring within 6 months of their forming. Arc & Stones is the latter, one of those instances where the ball gets rolling immediately.
 
The indie rock and blues group from Brooklyn, New York, is made up of four members: Eddy Bays on bass guitar, Ben Cramer on lead guitar, Joey Doino on drums, and Dan Pellarin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
 
Three of the guys originally met in college back in 2010 but didn’t start their band until they met up again in New York in 2012, finding their fourth member and drummer though an online ad. They started working together on their first songs in the summer of 2012, booked their first show that September, and haven’t had the chance (or reason) to stop playing yet.
 
They have three music videos to check out, one being the fully acoustic and somewhat bluesy/somewhat '90s rock jam “Let Me Down”. It’s one of those painful yet feel-good broken emotion songs. “Don’t let me down so easy / Don’t let me down so slow… The only way for me to be / Is leaving me behind...” The acoustic element of the track really opens up and showcases their talent. All of the guys sing backup on the song, harmonizing to Pellarin’s main heartfelt vocals.
 
 
 
Their sound has been compared to major groups like Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Black Keys. Running with their fast-forming buzz, the band is currently on tour to promote their self-titled 5-song EP, which was released in February of this year.
 
If you like what you hear, the band is currently raising money for their 2nd album on Kickstarter. You can keep up with them on their Official Website, Bandcamp, Facebook, and Twitter.
 
Their current tour started in New York, hit the south, and will continue on with the dates below:
 
09/27: 7pm, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg, PA w/KANSAS
09/28: 7pm, The Royal Palace Theatre, Roanoke Rapids, NC w/KANSAS
10/25: Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA w/KANSAS
10/26: Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood NJ w/KANSAS
11/01: 6pm, Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL w/KANSAS
 
 

 

Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog genres. Look for article links (and the occasional joke) on her Twitter @KateFerg or check out her personal blog ThatsRandomKate.blogspot.com