It’s been a long time coming, but Vancouver Island musician Christopher Arruda has decided to make a stand on his own.
Having spent his late teens and early twenties fronting popular rock band The Lady Esther and the ambitious post-rock outfit Open, Parachute!, the twenty-six year old artist has returned with a renewed sense of passion, drive and love for the music he creates. His performances are bold and varied. One moment a boisterous shout and the next a soft whisper, Christopher strives to connect with the audience through unbridled fervor and a captivating presence. Influenced by the likes of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Sufjan Stevens, Rachel Yamagata and Sarah Slean his sound strikes a chord somewhere between pop, rock and folk music but his only goal is to create inspiring soundscapes that are honest and true.
Christopher has recently started booking shows in anticipation of his forthcoming record God Hates a Coward. "To me, this is a record about hope - about abandoning a fear of failure and finding beauty in life, even in the struggle. It's about stepping over the edge, taking chances and being able to have faith that you'll be better for it". Recorded in Victoria, B.C. over the spring and summer the record is slated for an October 2009 release.
Christopher has been fortunate enough to share the stage with such artists as Thrice, Tegan and Sarah, Holly McNarland, Hey Ocean!, Maurice, Protest the Hero and Theset. He is available for interviews, on-air performances and all general media inquiries.
"One of the most complete albums I've heard in a long while. It's dark and poetic yet colourful and hopeful at the same time. There's a vulnerability to Chris' voice that sucks you in and keeps you drawn until the very last chord of the record, at which time all you can do is exhale and say, "wow." A truely unique talent. God Hates a Coward is simply fantastic.
-Graeme Tait - On-Air DJ/Host of 'Modern Rock Review' on 106.9 The Wolf
The Navigator - Jeff Hammond
MUSIC: CHRIS ARRUDA
GOD HATES A COWARD
There are times in every man’s life
when he is beset on all sides by
loss, bewilderment, abandonment,
and cowardice. There are men who
succumb to the likes of these, and
refuse to pull themselves out of the
mire, and then there are those who
challenge the notion of what it really
means to be a man, confront it, and
make it their own.
Christopher Arruda’s debut
solo album is a detailed account
of such a war within, and clearly
articulates the struggle of a young
man reaching out for a sense of
normality and knowledge of self.
Arruda has grown up at the fore-
front of Nanaimo’s independent
music scene as the frontman for lo-
cal legends such as The Lady Esther
and Open, Parachute!, and perhaps
it is this leap into unknown territo-
ry without the safety net of a band
around him that creates his coward-
ice to overcome.
God Hates a Coward was re-
corded this past summer in Victo-
ria B.C. by David Sponaugle, and
is both sonically and conceptually
sound. From the delicate acoustic
guitar of “o-eight/o-seven/o-eight”,
to the boisterous swing rhythm of
“Lank Chop,” Chris has wrapped his
turmoil up in a blanket of layered
piano, electronic soundscapes, and
soaring harmonies. Lyrically, the al-
bum focuses on the central concept
of cowardice and moves eloquently
from moment to moment, chroni-
cling the journey taken to grapple
with the issues that shake us to our
Tragic, moving, eloquent, and
sonically pleasing, this album is def-
initely something to sit down and
truly listen to from start to finish.
There will be a God Hates a
Coward record release concert and
listening party at The Queen’s fea-
turing Arruda, Brandon Mason,
Cory Friesenhan, and Rorschach,
on Oct. 18 at 9:00 p.m.
By Jeff Hammond
-Haunting, uplifting, melodious, infectious.
These are words that could be used to describe Christopher Arruda's first solo project. Overflowing with talent, Chris is easily an "artist to watch" over the coming years. His voice control, and comfort level playing his keyboard, blends effortlessly into a musical mosaic that becomes "God Hates A Coward".
Matt Fogarty - Creative Writer/Co-Host of 'Mixtape' on 106.9 The Wolf
"Everything about the album is amazing. (God Hates a Coward) is definitely a must have album in your music collection, regardless of what genre of music you enjoy!"
Moving On Magazine - Sarah Etoile