- by Tom Dumarey
We are excited to share a new song by indie rock/power pop band Extra Arms called 'Disruptor'. It is the latest track to be taken off the Detroit-based band's brand new album titled 'Up From Here,' which will be out on October 25th via Dadstache Records in the US and Get Party Records in Canada.
According to frontman Ryan Allen, 'Up From Here' is a 22-minute concept record. During the writing of the LP, Allen experienced a divorce and rather than turn bitter and unreachable he wrote about letting go, grief and ultimately, acceptance.
If you think that sounds like a complete downer, you couldn't be further from the truth. The songs that make up the album are rife with melody and instead of bummer lyrics, they show someone working through a difficult period in their life only to come out the other end with a positive outlook.
Think Bob Mould, Superchunk, Superdrag and... well, just super in general.
About the song:
"The word "disruptor" started to get thrown around a lot when Uber first came out - basically a "to-your-door" car service that was "disrupting" the status quo set by the cab industry. Normally people view this kind of thing as "cool" and innovative, but I decided to turn the concept around a bit and look at it more from the perspective of the person having to deal with the fallout of the disruption. The twist at the end is that the subject of the song - the disruptor - ends up having the table turned on them and will now have to deal with disruptions of their own. I won't give away too much, but I was into exploring the idea of somebody basically having their whole life blown up by somebody or something, but realizing they ultimately have the upper hand in the situation. Musically, the song is pretty straight-forward and maybe the most "punk" song Extra Arms has ever done. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the opening keyboard squiggle and handclaps in the intro was inspired by "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett, who is a badass forever."