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| 19 October 2012 | Reply

With the band’s razor sharp hooks, and the producer’s unparalleled skill for audio fidelity; the meeting of WA band Arts Martial and Melbourne-based producer Tom Larkin (Calling All Cars, Strangers, King Cannons) was always destined for great things. Unfolding as an amazing meld of unconventional melodies and lyrics, Promises Will Get You Nowhere is the grand realisation of this artistic partnership, and a debut album truly definitive of its creators.

Since forming in Perth in 2010, Arts Martial have been relentlessly working towards this album. Playing the Big Day Out and Southbound festivals and having a critically-acclaimed EP within their early stages, it was apparent that this band had hit the ground running. As their profile steadily rose over the course of the next couple of years, Arts Martial divided their time between touring Australia with the likes of Calling All Cars, and bunkering down in the studio with Larkin. When they reappeared, the first songs they had to show – Running and Rule The World – were electric. Arts Martial had written songs that were structurally efficient and simple at their heart, but with a deeper sophistication that took a familiar rock pastiche to new and far more interesting places.

With its immediate drum hook and uplifting chorus, single Running was picked up from the band’s Unearthed page and earned itself rotation on triple j. Its success as a straight-ahead pop anthem opened the door for a second single to delve deeper into Arts Martial’s broad musicality, and follow-up single Rule The World did just that. With nostalgic, somewhat melancholy lyrics, but a decidedly more playful video clip (produced by the band’s guitarist Gavin Murray) Rule The World picked up where Running left off as a seamless marriage of pop hooks and solid rock.

Excitedly taking their new songs on the road, Arts Martial are set to switch back into touring mode with an album launch on Saturday 10 November at Perth’s Rosemount Hotel. Joined by special guests Emperors and Further Earth, the launch is not only a well-earned opportunity for Arts Martial to crack a few beers and celebrate their accomplishment, but the start of an exciting new chapter… their debut album is now a real thing, and the future is a blank canvas.

As the start of everything to come, Promises Will Get You Nowhere is an epic and majestic testament to just what Arts Martial can do.

Promises Will Get You Nowhere will be released Friday 9 November through Ten To Two Records / Inertia Music. The official launch happens at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on Saturday 10 November with Emperors and Further Earth.


Promises Will Get You Nowhere – Official Album Launch

SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER – ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, PERTH WA With special guests Emperors and Further Earth

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