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From 2004 to 2009, Todd Goldstein wrote music under the name ARMS, playing most of the instruments himself and recording them in his bedroom in the moments between playing guitar in his main band at the time, Brooklyn’s long-running, modestly beloved Harlem Shakes. As ARMS, Todd quietly released the album Kids Aflame in 2008 / 2009 (Melodic UK / Gigantic US). In the summer of 2009, Harlem Shakes disbanded. Upon the breakup of his longtime band, Todd recruited Tlacael Esparza to play drums and Matty Fasano to play bass and sing the songs he’d been writing all along. Soon, the trio began writing songs together, and ARMS was born anew.
ARMS is no longer Todd’s solo pseudonym – it’s the name of the music that comes out when Todd, Matty, and Tlacael play together. Sad, beautiful, echo-y music that sounds like everything they’ve loved, blown apart and then put back together piece by piece. ARMS’ new EP – called, appropriately, “EP” – is the first five songs of what will become the band’s true debut full-length, a loose concept album / song cycle tentatively titled Summer Skills. [bio]