NBM Artists Profile — Arizona Bay
“All the shitty shows are gone, all the idiots screaming in the fu**ing wind are dead, I love it…leaving nothing but a cool, beautiful serenity called Arizona Bay
— Bill Hicks
Whilst this statement is neither a review of Leeds’ leading grunge revivalists, nor perhaps a clear indication of their musical style, it serves its purpose as something of a mission statement for the band. A call to arms, to rally against the mass consumerist culture that plagues the music scene at large today.
The Leeds based four piece consists of Rhys Williams (vocals/guitar), Sam Wood (guitar), Rob Carruthers (drums) and Oli Tsakonas (bass). Hailing from all four corners of the country the band came together whilst all four members were studying at Music college in Leeds. Whilst as individuals they find their inspirations in an eclectic range of musical styles — from Classic Rock (Led Zepellin, The Who) to 70s Punk (The Clash, The Ramones), from Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath) to Grunge (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) — they immediately recognised each other as kindred spirits, brought together by a shared love of Rock music that is played from the heart. The band took their name from the seminal and controversial comedian Bill Hicks, who rallied against consumerism throughout his career and exhorted the importance of truth within art, something the band also strive to achieve in everything they do.
The past year has seen the group moving from strength to strength, with charismatic live performances of both original material and reworkings of unsung rock classics. Their debut release, an 8 track eponymous EP of original material, showcases their constantly maturing songwriting style, as well as the energy and passion they’ve become famous for in their live performances. Due for national release in November and with a tour to follow the band invite you to watch this space…
“Leeds based Arizona Bay do exactly what it says on the tin. Their sound is a homage to, and a revival of all that is great about U.S west coast grunge and on-the-road sensibility. Chris Cornell would stop, stare and sip!!
“A band who are taking music back to an era that has spawned many a pretender of late. However, this is a band who truly understand and effortlessly belong in their genre. Grunge is back and thank god for the guys from Arizona Bay for reviving it with such flare and intensity, delivering a fresh twist whilst also sticking to their roots. A band to watch out for!
— Lyrically Justified
“A very authentic hard rock sound and strong frontman vocals
— Leonard’s Lair
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Arizona Bay EP:
2. Letting Go
3. Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye
4. Second Best
5. Safe As You
7. White Noise
8. Last Song (Acoustic Bonus Track)
Download track two letting Go free by joining Arizona Bay’s mailing list
Up & Coming Gigs / Shows 2010
|24 Nov||The Shed Bar||Leeds|
|25 Nov||The Railway||Bolton|
|30 Nov||Brudenell Social Club||Leeds|
|05 Dec||Stamps Bar||Liverpool|
|07 Dec||The Library||Leeds|
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