The Upshot: Rock/Americana supergroup with solid intentions if somewhat spotty execution.
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
A supergroup of sorts, the Arcs have recorded a debut disc that’s a hodgepodge of sorts, the result of several like-minded individuals all venting their insurgent interests. Comprising Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the band draws from the members’ mutual admiration and concerted input, but while it’s an admirable first attempt, it never quite gels into anything of enduring interest.
The most compelling element comes via their rhythmic motion, which is pronounced throughout, from the easy pace of “Pistol Made of Songs” and the reggae lilt found in “Everything You Do (You Do For You)” to the deliberate pull of “Put a Flower in Your Pocket” and the tangled tempos of “Outta My Mind” and “The Arc.” Yet whether its a mellow melange, a gentle sway or a combustible outpour, none of the hooks actually allow them to get fully up to speed. The one exception is found in the high-pitched ballad “Stay In My Corner,” which, though it borrows liberally from John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” comes across as generally pleasing nonetheless.
However, when it comes to truly attracting interest, the fold-out insert with its photo of a reclining woman wearing only headphones, offers the impression that’s most likely to endure.
DOWNLOAD: “Stay In My Corner,” “Put a Flower in Your Pocket”