Basking under blue light at the legendary-London-nightclub Madame Jojo’s, 2011. We were performing “Angela”.
Have you ever seen the light at dawn
Inside the apartment of
A hopeless homewrecker?”
Photo by Joel Isaac Black.
We were tense—the photos show that. It’s awkward to have a stranger come into the studio, but the results were fantastic, and we’re delighted to have these images now.
I hope you enjoy this little peek into our recording process.
Photos and write up courtesy of Ryan Balmer of Berlin Reguided:
In the summer of of 2012, The Blood Arm attempted an afternoon tour of Berlin’s U8 line, playing one song on the platform of each station. The 2nd picture shows them getting busted by the BVG and the 3rd pic is them finishing the tour outside the last stop on the line, Hermannstrasse.
Unused promo shot, 2003.
Check out these photos from November 29, 2006 at Manchester’s Night and Day Cafe. It was my twenty-seventh birthday.
Read a review of the show: THE BLOOD ARM take to the stage with true finesse, a stadium-style drumbeat is accompanied by a voice over intro from a shirtless sweaty man – who it transpires is the drummer and not just The Blood Arm’s personal MC. What follows can only be described as truly wonderful.
Lead singer Nathaniel Fregoso owns every inch of the stage, the floor, even the bar at one point…you get the picture. He’s like Har Mar Superstar meets Mick Jagger, swaggering and thrusting around in an utterly likeable manner. At one point he dismounts the stage and insists that we all sit down for the next song, to make it “truly special”. It really is very special. I’ve never voluntarily sat down on the floor of Night and Day (involuntarily when drunk, yes but never of my own free will). Nathaniel stands amid the seated crowd like a messiah to serenade us all with the one slow track of the night, ‘Going to Arizona’, before returning to full party mode on stage to deliver ‘Suspicious Character’ an anthemic funk rock track that oozes the sexual prowess that Nathaniel clearly believes he has in abundance.
The Blood Arm sound like a kind of Scissor Sisters, Elton John (during the rock n roll piano bits) hybrid, but with classic indie guitar sounds and the ability to go a little bit Queen with the addition of some big hand claps. The final song of the night is an old favourite – it’s Nathaniel’s birthday so the room erupts into a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’, a cake is then delivered on stage and I half expect a stripper to jump out, but no it’s just a nice spot of sponge for Nathaniel.
Photo and article by Helen Jones.
I love this “fake LP cover” for The Blood Arm‘s song “Dolores Delivers a Glorious Death” by Godiva Ghoul. It’s the last song on our second album Lie Lover Lie. Check it out wherever you stream your music and don’t forget to give Godiva Ghoul a follow on Instagram and Twitter for more excellent artwork.
Happy Birthday to The Blood Arm‘s fourth album “Infinite Nights”- released on this day in 2013!
Written largely on laptops when we first moved to Berlin, the record took an introspective and experimental turn. There’s something for everybody here- hard rockers, acoustic ballads, bedroom pop and even a surf workout. The album was made in the early days of crowdfunding, and since it was paid for by fans, we still hold it close to our hearts.
Released via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records , “Infinite Nights” spawned two singles, the guitar-driven “Midnight Moan” and the gonzo-country-romp “Matters of the Heart”. Follow the link in our bio to see the videos for both, directed by Ivan Flugelman . CD copies of this album are still available via The Blood Arm’s website.
Polaroids by James Perou.
Live shot by Bekki Newton.
Album artwork by Matthew Wheeler.
Illustrations by Bárbara Fonseca.