Arm’s Length - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Allen of Arm’s Length. We discussed the band’s new song, “Garamond”, lyrical inspiration, filming a music video during the pandemic, artwork and merch designs, what’s next for the band, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thank you for having us! 

Your song “Garamond” was recently released. Can you tell us about the writing and recording process for the song?

So I (Allen) had the skeleton of this song written for a few years. I had the chords and some of the lyrics fleshed out before I showed it to the band. Originally, we weren’t even going to include it on the album, but found it would fit perfectly as the album closer after we practiced it as a full band. After recording it in the studio, we thought it stood out from the rest so we decided to release it as the first single! 

What was your lyrical inspiration?

Just bad times. Lyrics like “I’m losing my way with words, sentences scattered and slurred” are about derealization and never being able to fully tune in during a conversation. In general, the song is about mental struggles and how it can impact relationships. 

You released a video for “Garamond”. What was the video shoot like and do you have a favorite scene from the video?

We filmed the band footage in our hometown of Quinte West, Ontario, while our director, Noah Keckler, shot the rest in Chicago. We had to do it this way because of COVID-19 restrictions as we couldn’t physically go to him across the border. My favourite scene is probably the band footage in the second chorus, along with the fleeting montage at the end of the song. 

The artwork for the song is really interesting. What’s the meaning behind it? Why did you think it fit the song?

We had a very talented photographer from Ontario, Tommy Allison, design the artwork. The single artwork features a cottagecore-esque window with a light on in the kitchen. We felt like this captures the “you’re always leaving the light on” lyric perfectly. 

I really like a bunch of your merch designs. Who comes up with the designs? Do you have a favorite piece you’ve released?

Yes! My partner Lauren Spelmer whipped up the designs and a California graphic designer named Alex Ybarra was in charge of the fonts. Lauren is just starting and is always open to commissions! Her instagram is @vrgovermin. My favourite design would have to be the Dog hoodie! 

Can we expect more new music this year?

We just released our 6 song EP, Everything Nice, but we’re thinking of also doing an acoustic EP so stay tuned for that! We’ve also began writing for our LP that will probably be released early next year. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Again, thanks so much for reaching out and having us. Stream Everything Nice baby and support Sound In The Signals! 

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