THE ARROGANTS are part of a growing wave of young musicians who, unlike many other teenagers of their generation, are not interested in video games and hipster bands name-checks. These particular young men, alongside a number of others in various countries (some of whom you may know from other Dirty Water Records releases) have happily spent their teens investigating classic 20th century music: blues, rock’n’roll, garage-rock, rhythm’n’blues. . .
And they decided they wanted guitars in their hands rather than games consoles. The Arrogants began their musical archaeology first as a 14-year-old duo, then as a 15-year-old trio . . . Then with an organist, as a quartet, they were ready to be heard by the wider world, with their debut EP, (‘Introducing the Arrogants’ on Dirty Water Records). And now, with the addition of a fifth band member, a rhythm guitarist, to further fill out their sound they are ready with their first long-player.
Whilst digging the sounds of the past, they have successfully developed their own repertoire, writing their own songs and gaining recognition in their home town by playing as support to their heroes The Pretty Things and appearing at the Lille Vintage Weekend in front of 15,000 strong crowd. And, recently, they appeared in front of 57,000 people opening for Lenny Kravitz at the Mainsquare Festival in Arras, France.
Produced by French Londoner Healer Selecta (a.k.a. Yvan Serrano of the Dustaphonics) and mastered by Pete Maher (who has worked for U2, The Killers, Rolling Stones, and Jack White, amongst other famous names), these eleven tracks were recorded at the vintage studio of the National Belgian Corporation in just three days. Serrano remembers seeing the sixteen-year-old Arrogants on stage for the first time, ‘It was a strange feeling, as though I was watching an original garage band. Their garage sound is pure, minimal and wild. To make true sixties garage, it should have this youthful energy and not over-do the technical ability to make for a real musical experience.’
The London album launch is on 31 October at the Fiddler’s Elbow, NW5 in a joint promotion by the Dirty Water Club and Weirdsville. The French album launch will be at the Roubaix Vintage Weekender, a major festival attracting tens of thousands of revellers.
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