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Hear This: The Arson Choir Choice (part I)
Hear This: The Arson Choir Choice (part I)

The Arson Choir – post-hardcore collective residing in California. Following their own words, The Arson Choir is an aggressive one band. «Hardcore is rooted in punk-rock» – says the vocalist of the band, Phillip Penegar.

He notices that: «We shouldn't be scared of speaking out and creating spaces for the kids that felt like they didn't fit in with the normies. If we all have to scream together and create unrest and make people uncomfortable, so be it».

At the beginning of October, The Arson Choir released their newest EP «Invisible Monsters» – shrilling combination of Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die.

The members of The Arson Choir: vocalist - Phillip Penegar and guitarist - Eric Carrizales made a playlist of their TOP 5 Records and reviewed it for Distortion Magazine.


Eric Carrizales (Guitarist)

Jimmy Eat World – «Futures» (2004)

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Jim Adkins is a stellar songwriter who makes powerful use of guitar layers and beautifully crafted melodies to create songs that can lodge themselves inside your brain for days and days of pleasant replay. During the late 90’s to early 2010’s, Jim was known to rely heavily on Vox amplifiers, and it was a heavy influence for my preference for British amplifier companies versus American. I played through a Vox for over 10 years before side stepping to its more aggressive contemporary, Orange Amps. I appreciate what American amps can do, but this record in particular is largely responsible for my gear set ups including British amps for the last 15 plus years.

Saosin – «Translating the Name» (2003)

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The first time I heard «Seven Years» was a life changing moment for my taste in music. A young Saosin had a way of combining raw energy, technical proficiency, and a well-balanced mix of dissonance and melody to create high energy and memorable songs. The guitar work in particular showed me that you didn’t have to stick to metals rule to create beautiful, melodic lead lines in heavy music.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – «One of Us Is the Killer» (2013)

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I’ve been a long time TDEP fan. My first introduction to them was the «Under the Running Board» EP(1998) I scooped up at a record store sometime in high school. Probably 2002/2003. On first listen, I had no idea what to think other than it sounded absolutely PISSED. Before this point in time, I don’t think I’d ever heard instruments create such an intense and relentless sound of chaos. Fast forward to 2013 and «One of Us Is the Killer» delivers all of that same chaotic energy, but with years of songwriting skill as the backbone. It’s been the current foundation of any of my lead guitar work or song writing in the latest ARSON CHOIR material.

AFI – «Black Sails in the Sunset» (1999)

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One of the first five records I had ever purchased. AFI was especially interesting to me largely because of guitarist Jade Puget. He was the first punk guitarist I heard that was more interesting to listen to by himself than two guitar players splitting the lead and rhythm sections. He was (and is) fast, technical, unique in his chord choices. And plays with a groove that was fresh to my ears. «Black Sails in the Sunset» felt like his most creative work with the hardcore/punk sound they carried for some of their early days. And it remains a steady source of critique and inspiration for my contributions to THE ARSON CHOIR songs today.

NOFX – «Pump up the Valuum» (2000)

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Not my first venture into NOFX, but it was my first record from them that showed me music can be whatever you want it to be. This band has consistently played songs loose, sung out of key, left performance errors on record, and doesn’t give a damn at all about the rules of playing music “correctly”. «Pump Up The Valuum» presented me with a package of «we don’t give a f*ck…but hey we can play our instruments and write good songs too». And it’s a type of punk mentality that continually gets brought to the writers table in this band. This is one of those records that can help refresh that mentality for me.

Фил Финегар (вокал)

Eighteen Visions – «Vanity» (2002)

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This album hits all the right spots for me: heavy and pushing the boundaries of their song writing. The Frankenstein riffs stitched together that punch you in the face. It opened my mind to breaking convention with song writing and tossing the rule book out the window.

Poison The Well – «The Opposite Of December» (1999)

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This is the album that got me into the hardcore scene. It n ever goes out of style for me. The drumming, the breakdowns. the light mixture of emotional moments within all the heaviness [note. – chefs’’ kiss]. Perfection! At that time I was listening to more mainstream metal at the time and this record blew all of that into the background.

Every Time I Die – «New Junk Aesthetic» (2009)

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I love the rock n roll vibe of this record. ETID is a band that stands the test of time. «For the Record» being one of my favorite songs period. The attitude of the sound and the intelligence of the lyrics and execution is something I try to emulate in my writing.

Boys Night Out – «Trainwreck» (2005)

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In my opinion one of the greatest concept records ever written, so catchy while having such dark subject matter. The record paints the picture of every scene in the story. Connor's lyrics and delivery style are a source of inspiration in my writing as well. I love their whole discography but this record is timeless and has to be listened front to back for full effect.

The Devil Wears Prada – «Zombie» (2010)

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The band outdid themselves on this record. They gambled with pursuing a heavier sound that put them above the cut from the other bands in their wave. «Outnumbered» should be in every zombie movie in my opinion. As brutal as this record is, the melody and singing only add to the overall grim picture the band makes. A great step forward in the history of a band I respect.

Text: Danil Volohov

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