The Arrows are a spellbinding trio from Durbs that, for lack of a more inventive phrase, are seriously awesome. They bring a fresh sound and incredible talent to the stage in a very unassuming and fun-loving manner. I remember during their set at Burn, the lead singer and bassist transitioned into a little dance routine that had them jamming together like two characters from a musical.
It's this attitude that really shines through their songs: a happy, friendly and uninhibited vibe that infects the audience like a care-bear stare.
From the press release:
"Their sound is almost impossible to pigeonhole, incorporating as it does Jazz, indie and pop into an eclectic, mesmeric assault on the sense."
That's spot on. Pam's keyboard gives off the atmosphere of a cabaret, while the influence from the genres of jazz and indie cannot be denied. Their track "Next Time" is poppy enough to be playlisted on East Coast Radio, and although it's fantastic, I wouldn't even list it as my favourite; as I prefer the more experimental styles that they tend to dabble in.
They've just released an album:
"The 5 track EP encompasses the range and depth of The Arrows’ songs. It travels from a gentle pop lilt to thumpingly evangelical euphoria, by way of some swing, some show time and some very jazzy interludes. It’s the kind of mix that is enough to give record company execs headaches. It’s exuberant, ecstatic and vibrant. The EP was recorded in Durban at Northwind Studios in Kloof with renowned American producer, Tim Heintz."
The only thing that bothers me about their act is that it's far too preachy. Religion is the reason they perform, and the song lyrics would not sound misplaced coming from the lips of the Pope himself. As lead singer / songwriter Pam says:
"My passion for The Arrows is to create music that will impact this generation positively for God, and to make Jesus relevant to the world in which we live. It's definitely not just about musical expression. I've done that before."
Well, my passion for The Arrows and indeed for all the bands I love, is about the musical expression, and definitely not about hearing the religious sermon. I feel that throwing religion in the mix will only hold a band back - but that's my opinion.
The Arrows are on tour, and you can catch them at our favourite festival Splashy Fen, or at these other venues:
Feb 16 2008, The Arrows and Harris Tweed at The Willowvale Hotel
Feb 29 2008, Leap Years Ahead Party
Mar 21 2008, Splashy Fenn
(from The Arrows Myspace Page)
Don't miss out - they're an amazing act with a bright future in SA music.