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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

AN ARROW IN FLIGHT

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo
Related artistsThe Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, End On End, Business Lady and Last Priest.
CountryUSA
Years Active2001-2005
Song: "One Bold Stroke From Right to Left"
Album: "Filling the Night Sky"
Year: 2004
For fans ofBright Calm Blue, Ecorche, Indian Summer, Anasarca, Congratulations, Four Hundred Years, Sweetheart, Hoover, Maximillian Colby, Sleepytime Trio, Lautrec, Secret Smoker, The Exploder, Rye Coalition, Closure, The South, Twelve Hour Turn and September aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Coldbringer Records
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the June Mix#6 right here or get the new July 2016 Mix#7 here.

I don't even remember how I heard about AN ARROW IN FLIGHT and even now I can't find out where they were from in the US, but I recall having their 'Filling the Sky' discography cd circa 2004-2005 and liking it. I was much more into Bright Calm Blue back then and felt this paled in comparison. Fast forward a decade and Tony from Congratulations was over and we were talking about bands like September and Bright Calm Blue when I remembered about AN ARROW IN FLIGHT and showed them to him. He was mightily impressed and I went back and jammed both albums (instead of just the two tracks in my massive favourites folder) and was astounded at how similar this band was to Bright Calm Blue, Ecorche, Indian Summer and Four Hundred Years. So here we are, review.

Wait, didn't I just finish? I guess I could say a bit more. The early EP 'Various Methods and Movements' was self released by the band in 2002 and given away for free. These six tracks are very impressive for a debut and the song "An Aero and its Speed" is pretty much flawless in my books. This thing goes full force 43 seconds in and screams mid to late 90s midwestern emo. There's no way by the end of this song that you won't be singing along to, "All we have is movements expressed in disobedience," which permeates the last half of this stellar early work by the band. "Theory and Practice of Seizing Days", "Humyn Political Constructs" and "Potential" are also excellent emo/screamy hardcore songs.

In 2004 the band released 'Filling the Night Sky', a seven song record that was housed on a cd that included both EPs together. The band apparently went through a myriad of lineup changes but on this recording they sound just like the last recording, except tighter and with a few more reaches into uncharted territory for the band, such as the chill, jammy midsection of the closer "Logical Conclusion" or the talking/singing in "I Am the Sun and the Air". The best song on here has to be "One Bold Stroke From Right to Left" which is the song I used for the mp3 mix last month. This thing is silly good. Catching the listener's attention right from the get-go, the transition from a lecture audio clip (perhaps from a movie) to the song is booming and eclipses any kind of quiet at 57 seconds when they go straight to Four Hundred Years and Bright Calm Blue mode. By the halfway point the influence of Twelve Hour Turn also becomes apparent and its a beautiful thing. The unrelenting screamy vocals and driving guitars really make this extra sweet. Goddamn, what a song.

If you've never heard this band, definitely check them out. If you end up liking it be sure to go back and look through the reviews of the For fans of section, like...y'know, Bright Calm Blue.

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in wma form.

2002 - Various Methods and Movements cdrEP

2004 - Filling the Night Sky cdLP (includes both EPs as an LP)

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(2004) AN ARROW IN FLIGHT - "One Bold Stroke From Right to Left" (from 'Filling the Night Sky')

(2004) AN ARROW IN FLIGHT - "Adaptation" (from 'Filling the Night Sky')

(2004) AN ARROW IN FLIGHT - "Scalpel Versus Stethoscope" (from 'Filling the Night Sky')

(2002) AN ARROW IN FLIGHT - "An Aero and its Speed" (from 'Various Methods and Movements')

(2002) AN ARROW IN FLIGHT - "Theory and Practice of Seizing Days" (from 'Various Methods and Movements')

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AN ARROW IN FLIGHT out of print wma discography download / additional links

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