With equal parts moody synths and driving guitar riffs, Tell Everyone, the latest by the New York duo Wild Arrows, captures the trying circumstances that led to its creation.
The duo Wild Arrows describes its history thusly: "Formed in late 2011 out of an idea from 2008, washed away by a hurricane in 2012 and finally to release a full length in 2014." The emotional circumstances that led to the creation of Tell Everyone, the debut full length by the team of Mike Law and Shiori Takenoshita, are reflected in the music. Moving from passages of gleaming '80s synth sounds to distorted, low-end riffs, the album finds Law (vocals) making the best out of a trying situation.
Law tells PopMatters about the tragedy that led to the creation of Tell Everyone: "I'm not sure if I will ever be able to think of this album and not think of the way it was recorded, in Brooklyn, at a practice space, at night, in the coldest winter of the last however many years. Seven feet of Hurricane Sandy had ruined every single piece of gear that I owned and it had taken awhile to hobble together enough instruments to start recording again, never mind we dream of going to a proper recording studio. So the pattern emerged of leaving my apartment around midnight to record, about the time the other bands in the practice space went home and it was quiet enough to work. It was usually a brutally cold, strangely quiet, half hour walk to start the recording night and a bright cold walk home that was in retrospect maybe fitting daily book ends for this album. I had wanted it to be vicious, especially lyrically, almost uncomfortable to listen to; I guess Nature was willing to match that sentiment."
To experience the kind of art that can be birthed out of horrible circumstances, stream Tell Everyone below:
Tell Everyone comes out on November 18th.