Indie band’s “Icon of Ego” has release show Oct. 12 at Columbus Theatre
Alt-pop band Arc Iris has proven to be one of the most inventive acts to ever come out of Providence since vocalist and guitarist Jocie Adams, keyboardist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli formed the band in 2012.
It’s an ever-evolving mix of baroque sensibilities, electronic undertones and progressive structure beneath an aura of glam. Their fourth album, “Icon of Ego,” is being put out Oct. 12 via the New York City label Ba Da Bing Records and they’ll be celebrating its release that very night at Providence’s Columbus Theatre. The album marks a transition for the band as it’s the first time they’ve made an album as a trio while also being a part of a new record label.
“The experience of recording the album with the three of us was made by the fact that we’ve been touring as a trio and there wasn’t really any representation of how we were sounding,” Adams says. “We were excited by the new sound and we wanted to make a record that represented more clearly the live sound of our band. We recorded it at the Eyeland Studio at the Columbus Theatre with the engineer Andrew Nault from Boston and he’s excellent. We recorded it all to tape, which was a new thing for us. When you’re recording songs, you have to make decisions about what’s final as you go along rather than recording takes of a song and going back to listen and maybe splicing two of them together.”
Sometimes going from a big label to a smaller label can result in a more personal situation. For Arc Iris band members, already familiar with how that side of things works, it was refreshing to not have to deal with a middleman.
“Ba Da Bing was a record label that was suggested to us and I wrote an email to Ben [Goldberg] from the label and he got back to me with such eloquence,” Adams says. “I was really impressed with him right away and we invited him to our next show in New York City, he came out and he met up with us afterwards. We were really taken with him and later taken with Katie [Von Schleicher] and everybody else at the office. We’re excited about the idea of having a smaller operation because we have more hands-on knowledge of what’s being done and who’s doing what. It’s better than only talking to an A & R guy who doesn’t actually do anything, he just tells other people what to do ….
“This situation has two main people who work there, and it feels a lot more organic and a lot more like a process you can understand rather than it being a big cloud of unknown. It feels really good and I felt comfortable and excited about working with Ben from the onset.”
One thing that Arc Iris does that separates them from their contemporaries is their ability to take a venue to another world. From end to end, the stage is adorned with shiny and glittery costumes and props. For the release show, fans can expect the set up to be fresh and interesting.
“We have a new stage design, costumes and a new set up for our new album,” Jocie describes. “I don’t want to give too much away about it, but it’s new and it’s exciting and different. We came to the new design from my input on the clothing and the way everything is aesthetically. I didn’t want to wear a dress and I was trying to find something that reflected the music but also impacted the audience’s memory so it helped create a space that was memorable ….”
If you go …
What: Arc Iris album release show
Where: Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence
When: Friday, Oct. 12, 8-11 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15. 621-9660, columbustheatre.com
Published at Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:38:48 +0000