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 début 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.