CMJ 2009: Arms @ Pianos

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Brad Kelly

02nd November 2009
At 15:15 GMT

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Playing their second ever gig in front of our very eyes, Arms are surprisingly laid back considering the substantial crowd out for tonight. 

The main work of front-man Todd Goldstein, Arms is actually three people on stage as Goldstein is followed by two other members, a bassist and a drummer. 

The banter between the three and with the audience is remarkably well-honed for a 'second ever gig' and it's wondrously impressive to say the same about the music. They play an almost faultless set with only a few blips throughout the entire performance. Goldstein is self-aware and proud too; "Still ironing out the new songs" he remarks playfully looking at his friends on-stage as they falter briefly during a new song. It's warming and genuinely funny to feel part of the live experience instead of just gazing from afar at one single, lifeless forty-five minute piece of noise.

The music came mainly from the new d├ębut album Kids Aflame and needless to say we were thoroughly impressed and absorbed for the entire time they were present. Their almost acoustic approach to structuring and melody bring a strange ambiance to their live persona and it creates a fantastic atmosphere to witness on stage.

"I'm bringing out the uke' for the last song, okay?" announces Goldstein, emerging with a ukulele in hand. They play the night out with a fantastically enjoyable final minute which got the entire room swelling and marvelling at the charm and passion of these three young musicians.

Definitely one of CMJ's most promising bands.

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