Though they seemed a little nervous in the beginning, ArpLine quickly settled into the spotlight and captivated the audience with a brief but impressive eight-song set of quirky tunes at Pianos on Saturday night. The Brooklyn based quintet’s psychedelic, electronics-driven songs (there were three laptops on stage during their set), layered with synthesizers and live instruments (guitars, bass and drums), translated to the live setting with nary a gadget kink. 

Blending elements of glam rock, synth pop, industrial and indie rock, ArpLine references several decades at once, from the 1970s to current. Lead singer Sam Tyndall’s tenor vocals are at times reminiscent of Peter Murphy’s (particularly the Bauhaus covering Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” era), and the vocal intonations on “Weekend In The Colonies” call to mind Danielle Dax’s 1990 cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” while Nathan Lithgow’s heavy bass lines recall T. Rex. In addition to lead vocals, Tyndall also alternated between guitar and synths, while the band was rounded out with Oliver Edsforth on keyboards, Adam De Rosa on guitar and Michael Chap Resnick on percussion.

The band added bit of ambience with little glowing lamps placed around the stage, giving the place the feeling of a more personal space. And most of the audience seemed to want to keep a respectful distance from that space, that is until one of the band members invited everyone to move in closer. While a few in the crowd were dancing, most just watched, looking intrigued.

Kicking things off with “Speed” and “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper,” the latter the first single from the forthcoming album, Travel Book, due out in the fall, ArpLine closed on a high note with my favorite of their songs, the brilliantly catchy “Parts Unknown.” –Teresa Sampson, Photo by Teresa Sampson

  1. [...] was all fun and laughter as I caught up the lads of ArpLine for a brief but entertaining chat after recent show at Pianos. Even with a stressful load out (they were the last band of the evening and the late [...]