As life continues to maneuver on-line, rock music turns into an increasing number of outmoded. Again within the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, when all the kids had for leisure was a three-channel TV and a few well-thumbed Hardy Boys adventures, assembly up in a warehouse or barn to take heed to native bands strum electrical guitars was the peak of leisure. 

Not anymore. Algorithms designed to serve up no matter content material you might want to maximize your dopamine rush at any given second are up to date and improved day by day. You don’t have to purchase a file or a live performance ticket to look at TikTok or to stream the brand new Disney+ present. Hell, you don’t even must get off the bed. Billie Eilish and Tyler the Creator reside in your cellphone. Rock music, an unwieldy, analogue style from a bygone period, is technically out of date. But a few of us can’t fairly let go of our romantic fixation on beer-soaked flooring and grumbling guitars. And, at the very least till we lastly croak, there’ll all the time be bands keen to cater to our nostalgia. 

Hopefully there will even be bands just like the Ar-Kaics, who handle to do one thing new with an outdated sound, and who truly make psychedelic riffs oozing from crusty guitars as (or extra) partaking than a four-minute compilation of beginner dermatologists popping huge zits.

The Ar-Kaics twist by way of the many years with out resorting to low cost nostalgia, referring to the jammy punk of late Conflict, flirting with a little bit of the Rolling Stones’ sass, and culminating within the pelvis-shattering sounds of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. All of the surf rock revival bands that find yourself sounding like Tarantino temp-tracks want they might write a tune just like the Ar-Kaics’ “Sick N’ Drained.” (Yow will discover “Sick N’ Drained” on In This Time, an album they labored on with Wayne Gordon, who has a historical past working with the likes of Black Lips and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.)

They’re additionally nice reside. They recorded their Stay within the Shit album at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery of their hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Nicely, dwelling base at the very least. The band is considerably unfold throughout the Previous Dominion as of late, with solely bassist Tim Abbondello nonetheless within the Richmond space. Jake Cregger (drummer) and Johnny Ward (guitar and vocals) reside in Northern Virginia, and singer-guitarist Kevin Longendyke is in West Virginia, although he spends plenty of time in Leesburg, the place he owns DIG! Data.