Hailing from Quinte West in the eastern part of Ontario, Canada, Arm’s Length have made the most of their relatively short time together as a band.
First turning heads in their local scene, word spread of their talent across Ontario and has now extended across North America as the band is currently on the road alongside Young Culture and Super American having already completed tours with Heart Attack Man, Knuckle Puck and a short opening stint for the legendary New Found Glory, all before the release of their first full-length record. That effort, Never Before Seen, Never Before Found is due for release on October 28, 2022, via Wax Bodega.
Equally honest, earnest and melancholic, the musicianship of Arm’s Length is well advanced beyond their years. Much like Anberlin’s Nate Young, the band’s drummer Jeff Whyte was barely into high school when Arm’s Length began. Now a few years later, joined by brother Jeremy Whyte on guitar, vocalist Allen Steinburg and recently welcoming bassist Benjamin Greenblatt of New Jersey’s Regrown, Arm’s Length build on the success of previously released EPs What’s Mine Is Yours (2019) and Everything Nice (2021) with Never Before Seen, Never Before Found.
What sets Arm’s Length apart from their contemporaries is just how real the emotion in their art is. The fear and angst on tracks such as “Playing Mercy” and pre-release single “Object Permanence” is not only palpable but visceral. Each song is clearly an outlet for pain and trauma, but there is beauty in the pain as the music of Arm’s Length reaches a depth of sincerity that many bands can only dream of.
Expertly produced as always by the legendary Anton DeLost, Never Before Seen, Never Before Found rightly takes its place as one of the best records of 2022.
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