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Arnold

by Arnold

Fans of Alan McGee's Creation and Poptones labels are probably already familiar with Arnold's wonderfully symphonic psychedelic pop. If the world were a fair place, their name would be on the tongue tip of every NME reader and Oasis would be begging for a
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BIOGRAPHY
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㻠Phil Morris: Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
㻠Mark Saxby: Lead guitar, Backing vocals
㻠Payney: Bass, Backing vocals
㻠Rob Ariss: Keyboards, Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Dave Hill: Drums

¡*A smashing self-titled EP¡¨ Campus Circle
¡*fantastic¡¨ Other Music NYC
Reviews of the Arnold EP (2002)
"Gorgeous is no overstatement." Q Magazine
¡*It¡¦s wonderful.¡¨ ¡V Mojo
¡*. . . so ambitious, refreshing and ¡V hell, yes ¡V beautiful that you¡¦ll reel in happy disbelief.¡¨ ¡V Uncut.

Reviews of the Bahama LP (2001)



London¡¦s critically acclaimed quintet, Arnold fresh off the heels of a successful US mini-tour throughout California and Arizona, return home to London to play to an over capacity homecoming crowd at the Borderline, and treat the UK fans to a bevy of new material from there new Self-titled EP.

Arnold began as a three piece in 1997, catching the attention of Creation Records impresario Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine). McGee gave the members of Arnold one thousand pounds to record a demo, which he released as delivered on the Creation label. The Barn Tapes stirred a lot of critical interest, the band went on tour with Neil Finn and things started in earnest.

The first full album, Hillside, showed clearly the band¡¦s knack for diversity. Rolling Stone described the album as ¡*a record rich in . . . pastoral English psychedelia, the sweet hurt of Big Star and John Martyn, [and] a touch of unplugged Radiohead.¡¨ Unfortunately, McGee folded Creation¡¦s tent at this point, which voided all of the associated licensing deals, leaving Arnold with neither tour support nor label.

Despite these problems the band continued to drum forward. Ariss and Hill, who had served to that point only as live members, were promoted as full time additions and the quintet continued to write and record songs for what would become 2001¡¦s Bahama LP. The release marked a re-pairing with McGee at his new label Poptones. The record was released at the end of the year to exceptional praise from the British press and more promises of great things. Amazingly, Poptones followed Creation and closed its doors as a label in early 2002, leaving Arnold without a home once again.

In early 2002, Arnold began recording and honing an intense live show huddled away in a small studio in west London. The fruits of those few months were released as limited edition EP (released us July 16th) and US and UK fans were treated to an Arnold Live show that up till now had never been seen. As one reviewer put it, "Arnold are a unit, five intuitive musicians who can make a song take flight at the bat of an eyelid..." www.dotmusic.com


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Tamara Turner, CD Baby


A potent distillation of dreamy 60's Pop, Brit Pop, psychedelia, and a spoonful of sugar, stirred with resonance and reverb. A sweet wash of sound that goes straight for the senses and bathes the brain in a sonic expanse so glorious that it calls to mind a tropical paradise of turquoise and green. To top off every well-steeped infusion are wispy male vocals that seem to come from the distance and everywhere at the same time. If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, it's particularly a must.

CD Baby


A potent distillation of dreamy 60's Pop, Brit Pop, psychedelia, and a spoonful of sugar, stirred with resonance and reverb. A sweet wash of sound that goes straight for the senses and bathes the brain in a sonic expanse so glorious that it calls to mind a tropical paradise of turquoise and green. To top off every well-steeped infusion are wispy male vocals that seem to come from the distance and everywhere at the same time. If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, it's particularly a must.