Athens, GA - Speaking through actions is traditionally the task of self-assured, moral men adhering to a higher standard than lip service. Applying the same status to a rock-n-roll band is a woeful misstep but, at the same time, there is a similarity in the self-assurance it takes to maintain an instrumental rock band these days. Audiences are used to the bombast and beauty of Sigur Ros, the muscular U2-isms of Maserati and the soundtrack-worthy composition of Explosions In The Sky. Each speak to that particular portion of the human soul which seeks foundation and inspiration. The problem is the field of instrumental bands is becoming more and more crowded and why should you care about a band called A. Armada out of Athens, GA? Because A. Armada speaks to other needs.
Formed in 2004 by guitarists Matt Nelson and Josh McCauley, and now holding bassist Bryant Williamson (Cinemechanica) and drummer Jeremy “Catfish” Harbin in its ranks, A. Armada plays internally expansive music. That is, the instrumental methods of the band are clearly akin to the aforementioned groups (as well as Appleseed Cast, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, etc.) but rather than mimic the sound they have taken an inspiration. Whereas so much music produced by the other groups mentioned causes one to envision an open-ended world A. Armada’s music is more personal. If anything, the message from A. Armada is to work from where one is and to focus that inspiration internally. In many ways, it’s a bootstrap work-ethic translated into music. And considering that A. Armada has its roots in the tiny Georgia border town of Columbus, it seems clear that A. Armada means it.
On Anam Cara, the bands first proper record, A. Armada weaves its sound through ringing guitars dipped in echo and a rhythm section that serves more as propellant than mere support. The pieces shift from somber genteelness to intense consideration to soft cradling. This isn’t music to conquer the world by; this is music to conquer oneself with. But if you ask the band about this they’ll probably give you a blank stare. And that’s, really, the whole point. In making music for themselves they’ve inadvertently made it for you.
A. Armada has no gospel other than being as good as they can be. This is your opportunity to hear them out and do likewise. Hello Sir Records is releasing Anam Cara on January 27, 2009.
10.22.08 - Luxemburg - D:Qliq
10.23.08 - Paris, France - Glaz'Art
10.24.08 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini (Festival Furia Antistatic)
10.25.08 - Nantes, France - La Barakason
10.26.08 - Blois, France - Le Chato'do
10.27.08 - Lyon, France - Lepicerie Moderne
10.28.08 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
10.29.08 - Munich, Germany - Orangehouse
10.30.08 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadpark
10.31.08 - Brno, Czech Republic - Yacht Club
11.01.08 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachtof
11.02.08 - Berlin, Germany - Cafe Zapata
11.03.08 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
11.04.08 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
11.05.08 - Liege - La Zone
11.11.08 - Siegen, Germany - Vortex
11.14.08 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
11.15.08 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge *
* with Silver Apples, Grails
01. The Dam Was Split But The City Was Saved
02. The Moon Shifts The Sea The Sea Shapes The Shore The Shore Shakes The Sand The Sand Sinks The Ship
04. Into Days & Nights & Years & Months
05. If Only You Knew What The Lost Soldiers Did To Me
...melodic post-rock in the vein of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor and even borrows a little from '70s prog-rock outfits such as Genesis and Yes. - Flagpole Magazine