Fans of late-great indie rock band Harlem Shakes might already know all about the side project of Todd Goldstein (Harlem Shakes guitarist) but for those of us who may not have been in Brooklyn in 2006, ARMS are a trendy four-piece who also (unsurprisingly) make synth-infused lo-fi indie rock.
ARMS began as a solo project with Goldstein releasing his first LP, Kids Aflame, while still writing and touring for Harlem Shakes. The album was released with less promotion than herpes, but it still received critical acclaim back in late 2008. Goldstein then recruited a drummer, keyboardist and bassist after Harlem Shakes hit the bricks in 2009. The new album, Summer Skills, came out in November last year and the sound is reminiscent of bands like Arcade Fire, Annuals, The Boxer Rebellion and of course, Harlem Shakes.
There was only one music video on Youtube and admittedly, it wasn’t that great, so this shiny little promotional video will have to do for now (it does sample Fleeced which is my favourite track so far). Some songs are available for download and streaming on their Bandcamp.
ARMS – Summer Skills promo