Los Angeles Indie-Rock Outfit Arms Akimbo Release New Single "Cruel Lovers"
We’d listen to the phonebook if Arms Akimbo sung it name by name. The Los Angeles indie-rock band have so perfectly honed in on their edgy, addictive style that we’re no longer surprised by how killer their releases are, we’re just stoked they exist for us to hear them.
Last week, Arms Akimbo dropped their newest single, “Cruel Lovers,” a total blend of classic 90s garage-rock and today’s modern pop-rock elements.
“‘Cruel Lovers’ had been a little melody that I toyed around with for a long time on acoustic guitar. The song really pushed into a new gear with that bassline. Once we had that, the rest of the pieces just locked in around it,” Peter Schrupp of Arms Akimbo tells The Music Mermaid. “Musically it’s one of our more heavily driven songs. I was writing a bunch of tracks like this one for a while and it managed to stand out a little bit more than the others.
I love everyone’s part in this song — I get to focus on singing but Colin’s bassline is the backbone, Chris gets to peel out some Robert Smith-y guitar parts, and Matt moves to literally every piece of the drum kit for this one. It’s a fun direction to go since our last few releases have been so folk-y and harmony-heavy. This song lyrically pulls from romantic tumult — nothing like struggling to get on the same page with a significant other… especially since all you both want to do is figure out how to get along so your actions and emotions can just line up for once.
Built on a raging base of unrelenting percussion, chuffing bass riffs, searing guitar rhythms, and vocals delivered coolly, it’s a smash of energetic indie persuasian. “Cruel Lovers” is powered by a frantic rush of rich, gritty details that shape it into an anthem for the masses. It’s one of Arms Akimbo’s most masterful efforts yet.