Saturday, December 29, 2012

White Arrows at Velvet Jones

30 NOVEMBER, 2012
LA based White Arrows made it up to Santa Barbara, gracing the stage of the Velvet Jones, opening up for Milo Greene. The line stretched down the block, one of the better attended shows I've seen in town lately.  The band was loose and ready, with the bar already full as they pounded out the opening of "Roll Forever". The groove enveloped the joint, and it was on. Last caught them at the FYF Fest, where their spacey tropical psych groove worked well. Indoors, they pumped up the lower end, and used it as an aural web. The focus was primarily on this year's Dry Land Is Not A Myth.  The crowd responded well to their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire", and the time restrictions of an opening set actually benefitted them, compressing the set list to an impressive core of key songs, as "Get Gone" led into their anthem, an extended "Fireworks Of The Sea".  Finishing things off with a new song, it was another step forward for a promising band.  White Arrows are sticking (relatively) close to home, with a smattering of California dates through January.

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