With the release of the Brave album, The Arctic Tuxedo brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with addicting guitar progressions, an honest lyrical approach, elements of funk and blues, and a heavy pop undertone throughout, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative radio rock anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together. Most importantly, the EP never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single and title track, “From Your Arms” is an instant soul rock classic. Complete with melodic vocal hooks, catchy choruses, and an almost 60’s style of songwriting, the song seems to breathe and build as it plays on.
“’From Your Arms’ is about our human connection to each other. A tie that is stronger than most anything. Inspired from the Marvin Gaye song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, this single comments on the current political climate. The significant message of From Your Arms is that there is no wall high enough, or border strong enough, to keep humans from the love and embrace of other humans”
-Jordan Rodriguez of the bands single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where The Arctic Tuxedo are coming from, the album should be heard in its entirety.
“Both albums are heavily inspired by funk. But as we moved into the album Brave, we wanted to tie in part of Detroit. We listened a lot to Motown and Soul music. This becomes prominent as you listen to the rhythm guitars in the new album. We also did more in mixing to give the Brave album an older 60-70’s vibe” says Rodriguez of the songwriting approach for the release.
Formed in 2015, The Arctic Tuxedo began as a creative project. Hailing from Detroit Michigan Rodriguez was always inspired by the great history of Soul and Motown. The band write songs commenting on different areas of life or politics with an aim to bring the Soul and Funk of Detroit and fuse it with an Indie-Pop style of songwriting. When it came to Brave, the band was heavily influenced by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Funk Brothers. After a long but fun recording process, the Brave album was finally born. The album is the epitome of where the band is with their sound right now.
The album is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the band is working towards upcoming shows this Spring in support of their release.
So browse our music collection and see if there is anything you’re interested in owning!