From Team Clermont
A. Armada releasing Anam Cara on January 27, 2009 via Hello Sir Records! Touring Europe Now!
Tour Dates below!
Athens, GA - Speaking through actions is traditionally the task of self-assured, moral men adhering to a higher standard than lip service. Applying the same status to a rock-n-roll band is a woeful misstep but, at the same time, there is a similarity in the self-assurance it takes to maintain an instrumental rock band these days. Audiences are used to the bombast and beauty of Sigur Ros, the muscular U2-isms of Maserati and the soundtrack-worthy composition of Explosions In The Sky. Each speak to that particular portion of the human soul which seeks foundation and inspiration. The problem is the field of instrumental bands is becoming more and more crowded and why should you care about a band called A. Armada out of Athens, GA? Because A. Armada speaks to other needs.
Formed in 2004 by guitarists Matt
Nelson and Josh McCauley, and now holding bassist Bryant Williamson
(Cinemechanica) and drummer Jeremy “Catfish” Harbin in its
ranks, A. Armada plays internally expansive music. That is, the
instrumental methods of the band are clearly akin to the aforementioned
groups (as well as Appleseed Cast, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, etc.) but
rather than mimic the sound they have taken an inspiration. Whereas so much
music produced by the other groups mentioned causes one to envision an
open-ended world A. Armada’s music is more personal. If anything, the
message from A. Armada is to work from where one is and to focus that
inspiration internally. In many ways, it’s a bootstrap work-ethic
translated into music. And considering that A. Armada has its roots in the
tiny Georgia border town of Columbus, it seems clear that A. Armada means
10.21.08 - Wurzburg, Germany -
01. The Dam Was Split But The
City Was Saved