We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Arms & Hearts’ lyric video for their song “Sore Sight For Sorry Eyes” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP Wires Crossed, which is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2018 through Real Ghost Records.
You can pick up a limited CD copy of Wires Crossed through the Real Ghost Records store or at an Arms & Hearts show.
Interview with Arms & Hearts
(1) tell us about your band
Arms & Hearts is my solo acoustic punk project that I have toured around as much as possible since 2014. This release is an attempt at the whole full band thing, which I wrote, recorded, and mixed myself.
Tells us about this video.
For this video my drummer Sam shot this with a go pro, driving through Manchester late at night. We then sped it up and I spent a few late nights sticking the lyrics on it. The song “Sore Sight For Sorry Eyes” is about the mental health issues that come from working too much, exhaustion, general alcohol-related self abuse; and feeling left behind by peers because of certain situations that can’t be helped. So the idea of motion was definitely a concept I wanted to explore, hence the driving.
You’re soon releasing a record – are there any common lyrical themes?
I sure am! The EP is called Wires Crossed and generally, like most of my songs, this EP is a reflection of my current situation and mental health. Which to me is a super important thing to talk about, now more than ever. I have, however, tried to be a little more hopeful in this release than previous ones. One of the songs on the EP, Falling Short is about dickheads on the internet who think it’s acceptable to talk about people who identify as non-binary or are transgender in disrespectful and disgusting ways. It always feel weird that being a cis male who could never really understand those issues writing a song like that, but I hope it brings to light certain behaviours which are tolerated that shouldn’t be.
This release is a new thing for me. I’ve never done the full band thing before, I’m excited to do the odd show as a full band, but it’s still going to usually be me solo live. I’m gonna give it a go for a while – maybe the next release will follow a similar path, maybe it won’t.
Arms & Hearts will be on tour with Mixtape Saints (who released their discography via Real Ghost on 20 April) in Europe this month. See tour dates below.
07/05/2018 – Chatham at Poco Loco (Matinee)
08/05/2018 – Dortmund at Tanz auf Ruinen
09/05/2018 – Enkirchat Toms Musik Keller
10/05/2018 – Zweibruken at House show
11/05/2018 – Trier at Lucy Lukes
12/05/2018 – Leipzig at Stoned
14/05/2018 – Berlin at UnterRock
15/05/2018 – Chemnitz at Coffee Art Bar
16/05/2018 – Bremen at Feldschlößchen Bar
17/05/2018 – Amsterdam at Checkpoint Charlie
18/05/2018 – Erpe-Mere at JH Dido
08/06/2018 – Nottingham at JT Soar
09/06/2018 – Southampton at DIY
10/06/2018 – Exeter at The Cavern
11/06/2018 – Bristol at Mr Wolfs
12/06/2018 – Dime Bar at Bradford
13/06/2018 – Newcastle at Central Bar
14/06/2018 – Edinburgh at Leith Depot
15/06/2018 – York at FortyFive Vinyl
About the band:
Having recently released Too Much Sleep, Not Enough Dreams through Under The Bridge Records and Fortitude via Real Ghost Records, Arms & Hearts has toured extensively and relentlessly over the past three years, gaining support slots with the likes of Jared Hart, Skinny Lister, Northcote, Listener, Pinegrove, Rob Lynch, This Wild Life, Tim Kasher, Ben Marwood, Beans On Toast, Apologies I have None and Ducking Punches. Arms & Hearts is best described as the aptly named heart felt venture of Steve Millar.
While influences of The Gaslight Anthem and Chuck Ragan are apparent, it’s his passion for his songs that really come out strong, committing to a full ‘heart on your sleeve’ musical exploration.