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Album Premiere: In This Time by The Ar-Kaics

The Ar-Kaics - Photo Credit: Amy Breesman
19 October 2018

The Ar-Kaics – Photo Credit: Amy Breesman

The Ar-Kaics have been delivering their own brand of spot-on, psychedelic-tinted garage rock originals from their based of Richmond, VA. Their sound is influenced by the first wave of ’60s punk, which in turn sprang out of the American take on the British Invasion.

The band hit the music scene with a torrent of several limited-run singles followed by their bold self-titled debut, all of which are lusted after by avid collectors and fans. They followed the LP up with several successful DIY tours that took them from Canada to Europe and back to every dive in North America.

The Ar-Kaics have now returned with their second album, In This Time, which The Big Takeover has the pleasure of premiering a week before its release date of October 26th. The LP will come out via the ever-boss Wick / Daptone label. It was produced by Wayne Gordon (Black Lips, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, John Spencer Blues Explosion) and Mikey Post (Reigning Sound, The Jay Vons). The portrait LP cover is by the legendary Mingering Mike, whose darkly tripping imagination reflects the bands’ own teen-torn psychoses.

Recording took place over three days in the spring of 2017, at Adrian Olsen’s Montrose Studio in Richmond. The fruits of this labor take the listener on a journey through the Teen Beat sounds of the 1960s – and beyond!

The album moves from the opening raw, thudding beats of “Don’t Go With Him”, the Velvet Underground-tinged, kicky swagger of “She’s Obsessed with Herself”, and the stark and menacing “Cut Me Down” with its tambourine strikes and eerie organ notes to the unpretentious, sap-free balladry of “It’s Her Eyes” and laid-back, melodic jangle-pop of album-ender “Long Way Down”.

The Ar-Kaics deftly flex their understanding of the subtle intricacies that define classic psych-/garage rock. The band evokes a whole other era with their throwback sound, but are still riveting and in this moment of musical time. So don’t wait another second – Take a listen to the LP in its entirety below.

The band has this to say about the savory In This Time, “In the froth we called Now, when the Witch Way seemed forever on the up and up, we huddled together and thought to ourselves, “How do you blend the seasonal with the sensational?” Believe me, it wasn’t easy! Maybe we should have worked harder? But we reclaimed these chestnuts tooth and nail, and warmed them in the arm pits of the beast. So quit staring and fix a plate!”

Pre-Order In This Time HERE

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