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North Arm

Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band? You’re chatting to Roddy Smith. North Arm isn’t so much a band as a project. I’m songwriting, playing instruments, recording at home and pushing tracks around until they work. I also collaborate with producer, Robin Waters, based out of Melbourne.
 
For the uninitiated, describe your sound? Layered soundscapes and sharp guitars. For lovers of Wild Nothing, DIIV, The Whitest Boy Alive and Broken Social Scene.
 
What was your main inspiration for the album? Losing the plot, self-inflicted troubles and tripping yourself up. Each track on the record traces out these themes, striking that happy/sad balance.
 
What do you hope listeners will take away from the record? There’s plenty of sounds, ideas, hooks, barbs, the whole bit. I hope listeners will take away a favourite track that gets stuck in their heads.
 
What do you love about making music? How it’s always there when you need it and how it never lets you rest until it’s done.
 
What can a punter expect from your live show? A massive sing along with some sax thrown in at the end for good measure.

North Arm will launch Let Love Through at The Gasometer Hotel on Thursday November 2 with Quivers and Darling James.