East of the Wall, Family, Tidal Arms

East of the Wall

The Apologist is the apex of the East Of The Wall's lumbering history. This is a group that reinvents itself with each new album, a band whose members scurry off to a myriad of other projects, and return home with the scavenged spoils of new ideas. The distance between 2008's Farmer's Almanac and 2010's Ressentiment is a chasm wide enough. When adding in the perspective of past and present musical... excursions, such as The Postman Syndrome, El Drugstore, Argonauts, Day Without Dawn, and other related extracurricular endeavors, the breadth becomes harrowing, and vertigo ensues.

So now we come to The Apologist, the point in which these diverging paths meet and race towards the meridian. It merges the more melodic instrumental movements of the band's earlier material with the aggression of its latter works. Never has the band moved as far with such ease. Songs span multiple tracks and titles, and encompass a landscape of sonic topography.

The vocal elements, explored for the first time on Ressentiment, have been chiseled into a well-honed tool, and yet used more sparingly, often digging into the mix instead of towering above it. Yet when they rise, they do so with more authority. The most thundering moments of heaviness have taken on a new sheen as well, with an often terrifying beauty in contrast to Ressentiment's dissonant harshness. And in remembrance of Farmer's Almanac's sweeping vistas, there is a larger focus on purely instrumental sojourns.

The Apologist is the zenith of East Of The Wall's continued development, bridging its divergent routes and establishing the band's identity as one of the most adventurous yet powerful groups of the genre, whatever genre it is that you attempt to fit the band into.

When two galaxies pass by each other in close proximity, their shapes distort due to each other's gravity. The outside spiral arms splay out into space, often casting stars and dust into the abyss as their host galaxies drift slowly back towards each other. These distortions are called tidal arms.

Since forming in the late summer of 2009, Brooklyn's Tidal Arms have crafted a unique brand of stormy psych-rock. The music reflects the diverse collective musical history of singer and guitarist Tom Tierney, drummer Francis Mark, and bassist Patrick Southern. Having played in a wide variety of bands with styles ranging from folk to metal, the band members have fused their disparate influences into a beautifully blown out, feverishly grooving sound.

After finishing recording their debut single, "Hair and Teeth / Flooded Meadows", the band immediately moved toward writing their first LP, The Sun Exploding. The band recording the album themselves at their studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, called Spaceman Sound. Says Tierney, "Our goal was to make a record that sounds big, but mostly sounds like the three of us playing our music in our space." When it came time for mixing, the band turned to Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave-In, Made out of Babies), who had recorded and mixed the band's aforementioned 7". "Andrew makes great sounding records and his studio is a block from my favorite coffee shop in Brooklyn. It's always a pleasure to go down there and work with him," says Mark.

Tidal Arms is set to self-release The Sun Exploding on February 13th, the first day of a nationwide tour supporting Glassjaw. "Writing this album has been the sole focus of our lives for the past year, " says Southern. "Now, it's about hitting the road."

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