This “is what happens when the back burner bursts into flame.”

So says Todd Goldstein about his band ARMS, a project he’s been working on since 2004.

ARMS started out as a bedroom-bound side project of Goldstein’s, his first album, Kids Aflame, released in 2008 while Goldstein was still a member of the band, Harlem Shakes.

When the Shakes shook apart in ’09, Goldstein grabbed drummer Tlacael Esparza, bassist Matty Fasano and keyboardist David Harrington and made ARMS a full-fledged band. Packed into Shane Stoneback’s Brooklyn studio known as the Treefort (where Vampire Weekend┬áhave recorded), the band turned out their most recent set, Summer Skills.

“Amid the life-or-death stakes of Summer Skills, the band’s bio says, “noses drip kerosene, chill winds blow sweet and razor-sharp teeth gleam in the darkness.” They go on to say the band “manages the elusive trick of weaving these threads into something both lush and beautifully, painfully alive.”

For our part, we just like the noise they make.

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