Get tangled up in the 80's synth rock sound of White Arrows. Photo courtesy of Myspace.
Ever get a song stuck in your head that you’ve only heard once, but have no idea who it’s by? So you search online for the lyrics that you remember, hoping that the song will come up in your search, and then wish you would have used that song ID feature on your phone? Well, that’s what probably would have happened to me if I was one of the people passing through and stopping to watch White Arrows play on Lower Sproul yesterday. Their 80’s electric rock sound was especially refreshing to hear, and their performance was enjoyable to watch.
Members of White Arrows making a fashion statement in Aloha shirts and skinny hipster jeans. Oh, the irony.
The Los Angeles based band played a set that was about 40 minutes long. Their set included songs that can be found on their EP, released on August 1, 2010. Their song, “The Voyeur,” is especially catchy, featuring a synth heavy melody and captivating guitar and drum rhythms. “City Boy,” is a little edgier with aggressive vocals and a solid bass groove. Songs like “8050 (Too Fast, Too Slow)” display their mellow side while keeping the listener interested with vocal variety and percussive textures. Their full length songs can be listened to and downloaded here.
In addition to original songs, White Arrows played a cover of “I’m on fire” by Bruce Springsteen. Their version incorporated their signature synth sound with their addition of guitar chords, and ornamental guitar lines. It was a cover that blended well with their other songs since they covered it with their own style in mind. If you’re curious about this cover it can be found here.
The White Arrows will be returning to the Bay Area on April 14th, so be sure to check them out! All photography by the author.
Having White Arrows play on Lower Sproul yesterday was a nice way to take a break from the second round of midterms which many students are going through. There were many people in the crowd who watched the set from the start, and still others passing by who were drawn in by their distinct sound. If you didn’t have a chance to catch White Arrows yesterday, they will be back in the bay on April 14, and will be playing a show at The Independent in San Francisco.