Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn’s ArpLine certainly know their way around a synthesizer, blurting out rainbow squiggles that somehow temper their quirky pop with an easygoing, always fashionable New York cool. Equal parts geek and popular kid, it’s hard to tell which John Hughes archetype these guys really embody — a decision made all the more challenging by songs like “Parts Unknown” and “Weekend in the Colonies,” which sound like Breakfast Club B-sides if Simply Red had accidentally discovered Suicide. Best not to think too hard and just get enraptured in the group’s suffocating bursts of synth and Top Gun hooks. ArpLine’s debut album, Travel Book, is due in the fall, co-produced by one the guys who made Beach House’s Teenage Dream such a fluttery bliss bullet. The record’s first single, “Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper,” has a lot more nutso fun with a “Ghost Rider”-style synth sample than M.I.A. could ever dream up, and the corresponding video is just as spazzy, turning a bunch of still photos into a picnic gone haywire.
What is “Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper” about?
Surrender. … I was listening to Suicide’s first record and Cluster’s Zuckerzeit and wanted to make something with that kind of beat.
Tell me a story about making this video.
The best was the end part where Bryan the director comes out of the water in that suit and hat. We shot it in reverse, and we only had one go at it because he could only really get wet once. The whole video was shot with single still pictures, so it was a super-intense couple of minutes as Bryan slowly walked back frame by frame into the freezing water.
What’s your favorite keyboard sound on any record ever made?
Whoa, tough one. Off the top of my head, I’d have to go with the melody line from the Blade Runner opening titles by Vangelis. That wins the synth beauty contest, maybe forever.
What’s the last time you lost sleep for your band?
Making our LP. Studio time doesn’t allow me to sleep. The clock is always ticking. Either we’re in there for 24 hours, or I’m too stressed to sleep, or I’m too excited to sleep. It’s also the best, though.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve ever played in New York?
Hard to forget the super-empty ones. One show at LPR we played even though I had a fever of 101, and no one was there. Really liked playing with Bear in Heaven and Oh No Ono at Mercury a couple months ago. We haven’t really opened for bands that we are 100% capital “F” Fans of before. It was dope.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
Frankies Spuntino. Order the steak served cold. Prepare to have your mind blown.
ArpLine play tonight, May 13, at the Bell House with Milagres; May 15 at Pianos with Uninhabitable Mansions and Dinosaur Feathers; and June 10 at Mercury Lounge opening for the mighty School of Seven Bells.
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