“Arc Iris is the sound of an artist reborn. The band’s self-titled debut…brims with whimsy and flights of fancy, informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by ’70s prog-rock, Björk’s sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It’s hypnotic.”—Boston Globe
The Huffington Post is premiering Arc Iris’s new track “Canadian Cowboy” at http://huff.to/1izbLai. To celebrate the release of their self-titled debut, out April 1 on Anti- Records, the band is currently on tour with Nicole Atkins and will also be headlining shows in New York and Chicago; please see complete dates below. Arc Iris recently played a series of successful shows at SXSW which garnered critical attention: the New York Times praised the “…songs that seesaw between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness” whileOrlando Weekly declared “I was stopped in my tracks by the gleeful orchestral rock of Arc Iris, which featured cellos, trumpets and more smiles per capita from the six-piece band than I’d seen all week” and the San Antonio Express praised the band’s combination of “gospel, jump jazz, Electric Light Orchestra doo-wop, orchestral swing and a vulnerable Billie Holiday complexity that would make Fiona Apple swoon.”
The band’s new video for “Whiskey Man” recently premiered on Rolling Stone at rol.st/1eaEiNp and can be streamed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/-uji7lZHRWg, and the video for the band’s first single “Singing So Sweetly” premiered at FILTER and is also on YouTube at .
The eclectic new project from the former Low Anthem member draws on diverse music from Led Zeppelin to Grizzly Bear, from Joni Mitchell to Dirty Projectors, and from Miles Davis to Chopin. Jocie Adams takes center stage, embracing her new role as auteur and creating a genre-bending style that often shifts between cabaret-infused jazz, orchestral sophistication, grimy outlaw country, delicate and whimsical harmonies, and big-band exhilaration. “Arc Iris encapsulates that sense of the future for me,” Adams says, “a sign of something beautiful that will hold my hand for a long time.” A singer, multi-instrumentalist, classical composer and former NASA researcher, Adams formed the collective with primary musicians Zach Tenorio-Miller (piano), Ray Belli (drums), Max Johnson (bass), Robin Ryczek (cello) and Mike Irwin (trumpet) among others to present her ambitious new songs. The rhythm section has been playing together since high school and cut their teeth at the School of Rock where they shared a stage with musicians such as Slash, Perry Farrell, Andrew WK, Jon Anderson of Yes and the Butthole Surfers. Arc Iris has recently played shows with Calexico, CocoRosie, Marco Benevento, Menomena, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Patrick Watson and Justin Townes Earle.
Adams recorded two albums with the Low Anthem before departing the band to form Arc Iris. The Low Anthem was praised by the New York Times for music that “inhabits its own otherworldly place, where ghosts and angels hover just out of view” and by Under the Radar for how they “flawlessly balance heartfelt warbles with gritty countryside wail.”
The debut self-titled Arc Iris record is available for pre-order at Anti-: http://bit.ly/1i717Jh.
ARC IRIS TOUR DATES
* with Nicole Atkins
March 20 Birmingham, AL The Nick*
March 21 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe*
March 22 Nashville, TN High Watt*
March 23 Atlanta, GA Terminal West*
March 25 Charlotte, NC Evening Muse*
March 26 Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern*
March 27 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s*
April 1 Providence, RI Columbus Theater
April 3 Portland, ME Space Gallery
April 5 Bellows Falls, VT Popolo
April 8 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
April 14 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
April 16 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
April 17 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle