MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Ryan Terrigno (vocals, guitar); Peter Moe (lead guitar); Alan Bauer (bass); Kris Dufour (drums).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Corona, Chino Hills, Fullerton, Placentia, Costa Mesa.
There Will Come Soft Rains (Authentik Artists, 2010).
The influences mix here ranges from Green Day, Nirvana, Thrice and AFI to Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, The Beatles and Death Cab for Cutie.
WEBSITE: www.wearethearsenal.com; www.facebook.com/WeAreTheArsenal.
High-pressure systems. Jet streams. On-shore flows. Marine layers. That’s the terminology used by Southern California weathercasters about the meteorological reasoning behind another weather-filled week. However, flash the five-day outlook with high and low temps, and most television viewers can expeditiously catch a numerical weather drift.
The same could be said for music. While musicians often expound on their art using vivid literary language in hopes that the audience will better understand their approach, it isn’t until the album’s in the player that the listenership actually has a grasp, and more importantly an opinion, on whether the stuff’s enjoyable.
We Are The Arsenal’s latest EP title, There Will Come Soft Rains, seems to have melded the aforementioned—well, to an extent. Taken literally, the name’s just a weather prediction. But it also sets a forecasted theme on the (yes, enjoyable) recording, which hits streets this week.
According to guitarist Peter Moe, the title hails from a short story written by Ray Bradbury, as the band felt that it fit the mood of the EP, both musically and lyrically. Moe notes that the six-track release still grasps the band’s signature melodic edge, yet brings forth a calm sound.
This release (and subsequent stylistic introduction) is rather nicely timed. Just over three years ago, the foursome kicked off with its inaugural gig at the now-defunct Showcase Theatre in Corona. Today, the band’s built a successful recording and touring career, having performed with well-known acts like Angels & Airwaves and I Am Ghost, plus landing tracks on popular television shows. And they’ve also received some healthy promo courtesy of KROQ, which has regularly spun the band’s tunes and even co-sponsored their local live shows. Of course, they’re no strangers to playing outside the region, either.
“We have been super fortunate to have toured the West Coast relentlessly over the past few years,” says Moe. “We have met so many cool people that have become like family to us due to touring . . . With the release of [the EP] we plan on touring the U.S. non-stop in support and eventually making our way overseas.”
There will come We Are The Arsenal. That’s our prediction.
We Are The Arsenal’s new six-song EP, There Will Come Soft Rains, is schedule for release Sept. 7.