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Arms Aloft - What A Time To Be Barely Alive LP

Gilead Media 2016

Arms Aloft - What A Time To Be Barely Alive LP




"What the fuck is Gilead Media doing?" wondered the observant black / doom metal enthusiast. Well, I'll tell you… we’re doing whatever the fuck we want. And that includes working with my fellow Wisconsinites, and unsung heroes of the American DIY punk community, Arms Aloft, on the U.S. vinyl release of their new full-length, What A Time To Be Barely Alive.

Based jointly in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI, Arms Aloft was founded in 2007 as an outlet for that which many of us raised in the northern mid-west can only uniquely, truly understand. A small-town life in a working-class community, where your future seems carved out for you from the forests that surround city limits. Where a greater portion of the year is cold than it is warm. Where boredom is the standard and all the optimism in the world can’t seem to brighten your view of tomorrow when you’re surrounded by a population that spends most nights belly up to the bar.

Throughout 4 eps/splits on various labels and a debut full-length on Kiss Of Death Records in 2012, Arms Aloft have carefully honed an inherent songwriting skill into something considerable and exceptional. A skill that has been road-tested throughout numerous US/EU tours and appearances at The Fest in Gainesville, FL, where they will be featured on the main stage in 2016.

All the experiences of the last nine years come together on What A Time…, their second full-length, where the compositions surge with the feeling of dedicated malcontent and a primal inability to bend or bow. Every track is an ear-worm that boasts of anthemic, meaningful lyrics. But, above all, and what really forces us to continue working with this band, their lyrics and performance are astonishingly impassioned. At the end of the day, there are very few bands that I’ve listened to or seen live that can match the pure integrity and honest energy or Arms Aloft. This is the very definition of what mature, thoughtful, and melodic punk was meant to be.

What A Time To Be Barely Alive will be presented as a single LP on black, blue, and bone white vinyl, with a download code included. The package will also feature a 12-page booklet with original artwork by Landon Sheely. The CD and digital will be handled by Red Scare Records, while the LP is being released world-wide in partnership with Sawdust City Records (US), Guerilla Asso (France), All In Vinyl (UK), Hectic Society (Germany), Eager Beaver (Japan).

In the world of underground culture and music, the venn diagram of beliefs, ethics, and creative intent between DIY punk and black / doom metal likely has far more overlap than one might initially think. And for those of you, like me, that grew up in the hardcore community, hanging out with the punks, the pairing or Gilead Media and Arms Aloft is a lot less surprising than it should be.



Kind words from press:

- "Lyrics come flying, they make you think and feel, and pretty soon the melody they’re glued to becomes embedded in the muscle memory of your throat. What a Time to Be Barely Alive is powerful stuff." - Dying Scene 4.5/5 review

- "Their new album is a true testament to their growth as people and as a band. Though their statement is rather bleak, it takes a poetic turn in the final track “… A World To Win,” that says yes, things are bad, but yes, we have to keep trying to make them better: “Through thick and through thin and through thinner yet / Let the stuck down stick together." - Volume One

- "In the end, I have to say, this is absolutely a strong contender for my Album of the Year. I haven’t stopped listening to it since its digital release. Now that I have a physical copy in hand, I have a feeling it’s going to take over my record player for the foreseeable future." - For The Love Of Punk

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