From the Road: A R K S

So, I’ve got these friends that are in a band called A R K S. They usually play in Chicago, and they’re just getting out on the road for their first (well, first major) tour. The bassist, Mat Biscan, is keeping a good travelogue/blog of their trip and it’s worth keeping up with…

From the get-go…

Distance: Chicago to Columbus
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

We spent half the time on the road installing a brand new radio that could actually take a 1/8″ jack so we could listen to our iPods. Unfortunately, we learned the hard way that iTrip is just…worthless. All the music sounds like it’s coming from a radio while you’re driving under a bridge. BLAH.

So, a short list for the first day with a six hour trip.

1. Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
2. Animal Collective – Feels
3. Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock & Roll
4. Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
5. Wire – Chairs Missing
6. Beck – Mutations
7. Modest Mouse – Building Something Out of Nothing
8. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary

I’m hoping on having Mat start bloggin’ here on Live Music Blog as part of my dejambandification process. Well, there’s plenty more to it than that actually. Add to that his incredible taste in music and the fact that he’s a member of a pretty cool band, and it becomes clear that he should become a regular around here.

As for A R K S (Arks if you want the MySpace classification), start getting comfortable with their music, their personality, and their tour dates if you’re out East. Just take my word for it…

And we’ll keep checking in with them as the road continues to greet them…

  • http://www.scandinaviansounds.com Mart

    COOL! Sounds like Joy Devision kicking Blok Party’s ass!!!

  • http://www.scandinaviansounds.com Mart

    COOL! Sounds like Joy Devision kicking Blok Party’s ass!!!

  • local_support

    dejambandification: an action taken in response to an irrational fear that one will be labeled a hippy or worse, one who loves jambands. Bands also attempt dejambandification by labeling themselves with such descriptors as “progressive polyfunkified reggaetronical newgrass” and “tripifiedrockadelicpsychoimprovifusionalsoulaciousical.” Results may vary, proceed with caution.

  • local_support

    dejambandification: an action taken in response to an irrational fear that one will be labeled a hippy or worse, one who loves jambands. Bands also attempt dejambandification by labeling themselves with such descriptors as “progressive polyfunkified reggaetronical newgrass” and “tripifiedrockadelicpsychoimprovifusionalsoulaciousical.” Results may vary, proceed with caution.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    local: I’m seriously laughing out loud right now. You nailed it.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    local: I’m seriously laughing out loud right now. You nailed it.

  • local_support

    Glad you liked it my friend. I enjoy your blog on a daily basis and I’m really glad that you brought back the comments.

    Keep up the good work! :)

  • local_support

    Glad you liked it my friend. I enjoy your blog on a daily basis and I’m really glad that you brought back the comments.

    Keep up the good work! :)

  • http://www.arksmusic.com Mat

    Funny shit, there.

    This is Mat, just logging on the internet where I can find it. I’m in Pittsburgh right now. It’s about 2am and the other guys are out cold. I’m up trying to catch up on some blogging.

    I spent the whole night editing photos from the last 3 days. Not much as far as words go at this point, but thanks to edit posts, I’ll get some more in there tomorrow and possibly when I get back. It’s just very hard to find an internet connection at times.

    I’ve been photographing the bands we’re playing with. I’m going to set up a website (or perhaps use my flickr account) to show some of my work. The blog isn’t the right spot for these, but you can taste a little bit of what I’ve done on http://spitoutthesweets.blogspot.com.

    I’m gonna go roll out the sleeping bag…

  • http://www.arksmusic.com Mat

    Funny shit, there.

    This is Mat, just logging on the internet where I can find it. I’m in Pittsburgh right now. It’s about 2am and the other guys are out cold. I’m up trying to catch up on some blogging.

    I spent the whole night editing photos from the last 3 days. Not much as far as words go at this point, but thanks to edit posts, I’ll get some more in there tomorrow and possibly when I get back. It’s just very hard to find an internet connection at times.

    I’ve been photographing the bands we’re playing with. I’m going to set up a website (or perhaps use my flickr account) to show some of my work. The blog isn’t the right spot for these, but you can taste a little bit of what I’ve done on http://spitoutthesweets.blogspot.com.

    I’m gonna go roll out the sleeping bag…