East London art-rockers Arrows Of Love about to release their second album, PRODUCT, a brilliant collection of songs produced by Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke, Gaz Coombes).
We're premiering their ferocious new single "Desire" and also had a quick catch up with the band about what they've been up to, and their plans for the rest of the year.
Check it out below:
Q&A with Arrows of Love
What are you listening to at the moment?
Nuha - Another Green World by Brian Eno as usual, John Fahey's The Dance Of Death, and I'm really into the new Black Lips album Satan's Graffiti or God's Art. I've listened to it about 10 times since it came out.
Nima - The best band in the USA at the moment is Ho99o9. The best band in the UK is Idles.
What are your plans for summer 2017?
Nima - Well we've got an album to release right now, and then we're starting working on a couple of EP ideas we've had for a while, one is covers and one is for an idea we'll tell you about nearer the time.
Nuha - My plans for the summer 2017 are writing.
What was the first gig you ever played and what’s been the best so far?
Nima - A few people told me the last gig we played was the best they'd seen us, which is a good way to be.
The first ever Arrows gig was before I met Nuha. My previous band had just split up before a main stage booking at Secret Garden. I wasn't gonna cancel a show like that at the time so with a bunch of songs in hand I decided to take a 6-piece 'band of gypsies' to the stage and call it Arrows of Love.
It mixed musicians from Turbogeist & Lupen Crook with people who'd never been on a stage before. The show ended up being the kind of glorious mayhem that could only result from mixing complete under-rehearsed confusion with varying portions of self-belief, naiveté, talent, and intoxicants. One person was close to death from an allergic penicillin reaction, while another who'd been partying all night was puking into a bucket onstage mid-song with guitar in hand. That's how Arrows of Love was born.
Nuha - I wish I could really remember what the first gig I ever played was! I'd say maybe it was at the John Cass School of Art at Unit Gallery. I sampled the sound of 3 cats purring for about an hour. My favourite gig played was in Poland as Arrows of Love, two gigs actually they felt like a part 1 & 2- Warsaw at Eufemia then Krakow at Pikney Pies. Wildest and most favourite audience yet.
PRODUCT, the second album from Arrows of Love, is out on 11 August via I'm Not From London Records
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