GIG – The Blood Arm at The Joiners – Tue 11th Oct 2011

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The Blood Arm are a four-piece Indie/Rock band from Los Angeles, California.

The Blood Arm were formed in LA in 2003 and were nominated for the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Artist in 2004. Franz Ferdinand have often mentioned The Blood Arm as their favourite band in interviews, and invited The Blood Arm to open the first three dates of their second U.S. tour. The Blood Arm has also supported Maxïmo Park on a tour of the UK, and have subsequently toured with a number of bands including Hot Hot Heat, The Killers, Electric 6, The Sunshine Underground and We Are Scientists.

The Blood Arm are signed to record label City Rockers/Because and released their second album Lie Lover Lie in October 2006. It has received mostly positive reviews with The Guardian giving it 5/5, NME giving it 8/10, and Artrocker calling it “the best debut album of the year.”

The band is led by singer Nathaniel Fregoso, who has a reputation being energetic during live shows, including singing from the tops of speaker stacks, hanging off water pipes, waltzing with members of the audience, or stealing off to the bar to swipe drinks during their live shows. Dyan Valdés, originally from the Bay Area and a graduate of UCLA, is the band’s pianist and also provides backing vocals.

The Blood Arm also travel with a Master of Ceremonies named Ben Lee Handler, who warms up the crowd with semi-fictional accounts of how the band arrived at the venue.

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