White Arrows

 
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Timbre Concerts Presents
White Arrows
with
Priory

White Arrows

White Arrows may never divulge the source of their strange magic, but it’s hard not to picture a mystic dance floor hidden in the midst of a tropical rainforest. The los angeles band stands at these balmy crossroads like a vision from an alternate reality: classic without leaning on nostalgia, visionary but not unfamiliar. What should be a collision of sounds and styles—ritualistic rhythm and four-four thump, synth sequences and strummed guitars, garage-y grind and airy atmosphere—is, in this quintet’s capable hands, a fluidly seething whole. Call it psychotropical pop, something both busy and breezy call it paul simon in space (others have). Call it what you will. This is white arrows.

The white arrows story begins with a blind boy. Singer mickey church was born seeing the world as an impressionistic smear. His vision was righted at age 11, but his imagination ran wild for the intervening years. Since he couldn’t make out those around him, he assumed they couldn’t see him either. He rode made-up horses and sung songs that didn’t exist. His memory of growing up in l.a. Is confined to smells, sounds and swaths of fuzzy color. Mickey’s father, a student of african percussion, encouraged him and his little brother henry to pick up instruments as kids, so they played what was around. With family back east, mickey eventually left for nyu, and unexpectedly wound up with a degree in shamanistic ritual.

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