Devon folk punks, Crazy Arm, release their new single, ‘Tribes‘, on 1st August, the first release ahead of their imminent new album, ‘Union City Breath‘.
Already a live favourite, ‘Tribes/Animals‘, is a song of two distinct parts, combining the band’s love of Springsteen, gospel and honest punk rock. The lyrics are an indictment of man-made structures of violence and a call for a return to simpler, more ethically-centred ways of interacting.
Also on the record, the voice of Victoria Butterfield (who sang on the band’s last single ‘Sweet Storm‘) and keyboards courtesy of Patrick James Pearson.
The follow-up to 2009’s dramatic debut, ‘Born To Ruin’, ‘Union City Breath‘ is currently in the finishing stages and is being produced/engineered, once again, by Peter Miles (King Blues, The Computers, Sonic Boom Six, Dry The River) at his new studio deep in the South Devon countryside.
Taking its cue from the spurious idea of the Big Society, ‘Union City Breath‘ is a reminder that all societies are made by people and can be changed or at least challenged by people whenever they see fit.
The most authoritarian of institutions and the largest of multinational corporations are still only the product of human endeavour, propped up by other people with the same global interests – they can be, will be and are dismantled if and when they continue to pose a threat and cause violence upon ordinary people.
The band are due to play Shepherds Bush Empire with Social Distortion on 7th July amongst other shows and festival appearances including 2000 Trees and Boardmasters. The album will coincide with a comprehensive tour of the UK and mainland Europe, while the single will coincide with the band’s debut acoustic tour in August with Cory Branan and Sam Russo.
Crazy Arm UK Tour Dates:
Thurs 7th July
London, Shepherds Bush Empire (w/Social Distortion) SOLD OUT
Fri 8th July
London, The Bowery (with The Dissociates)
Sat 9th July
Voodoo Lounge, LMHR benefit
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, rock set
Fri 15th July
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, acoustic set
Sat 23rd July
Livestock Festival, near Sidmouth
Sat 6th Aug
Plymouth, Jack Chams (acoustic show)
Fri 12th Aug
Boardmasters Festival, Vans Stage
Sun 14th Aug
Manchester, Tiger Lounge (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Apologies, I Have None + Sam Russo)
Mon 15th Aug
Lincoln, venue tbc (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam
Tues 16th Aug
Leeds, Santiagos (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
Weds 17th Aug
Nottingham, The Maze (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
Thurs 18th Aug
Southsea, Edge Of The Wedge (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam
Fri 19th Aug
London, The Windmill (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
Sat 20th Aug
Brighton, The Prince Albert (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam
Mon 29th Aug
Dbs festival, Bristol
Fri 9th Sept
Ivylive Festival, Ivybridge (with The King Blues + lots more)
Sun 11th Sept – Plymouth Punks Picnic
Here’s the promotional video for Broken By The Wheel
Crazy Arm release their new single ‘Tribes‘ on 1st August 2011 on Xtra Mile Recordings (UK) & Gunner Records (mainland Europe) as a 7″ vinyl and digital download.