We can understand Managing Editor Kirsten Spruch's double take upon first sitting down with the super soulful, New York State rock duo, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. After watching the band effortlessly saunter through a powerful set of songs at Baeble HQ, we later learned these outrageously talented siblings boast a time-honored sound that is well beyond their years. At the tender age of 21, Jocelyn is actually the elder of the group. Her brother Chris just turned 20. Not only that, the Arndt's are both enrolled at a very prestigious Northern university that shall go unnamed. But even that is a bit of a side-gig at the moment. Once you dive into our newest NEXT session, you'll understand why these two have spent 120 days on the road this year. Because my god...Jocelyn and Chris Arndt are very, very good at what they do.
The laid back brew of stripped down roots songs performed here are all from the band's debut album, Edges. It's a can't miss performance, showcasing the Arndt's individual talents as well as their group. For her part, Jocelyn is an extremely expressive singer, absorbing every twist and turn her vocals take with her body language, channeling light and playful moments right alongside deeply profound and personal ones. Chris is an absolute whizz on the acoustic guitar; his lightning fast fingers dancing on the fretboard, unloading gobs of sweet licks and (GASP!) bonafide guitar solos. In between acoustic cuts, the duo talk to Kirsten about family life, their influences, and the sometimes surreal requirements of their quickly developing career. It's a wonderful and heartfelt profile of a young band who is busting it as hard as they possibly can in the name of their music, and beginning to reap the well-deserved rewards of their talent and work ethic.
Jocelyn Arndt. This is my brother Chris over here on the guitar. random. Can I ask how old you guys are? - I'm 21. I just turned 21. So, we play in a lot of bars. I can finally have a drink after the show. on June 12th, which is kind of coming up, but, yeah. I still got the Xs on my hands every time we go into a bar. I won't change my stripes, don't hold on to me. By now you're feeling sick. I'm a trainwreck, venom wrapped around your neck, now, Feel my love constrict. I'm running you ragged. Darling, you ain't doing nothing wrong. My edges are jagged. I've got you wrapped around my finger, But you're gonna have to move along. Cold heart full of cold blood. I'm sorry, but I won, I won. I drew you in when I shed my skin, now, Now I turned face the sun. I'm running you ragged. Darling, you ain't doing nothing wrong. My edges are jagged. I've got you wrapped around my finger. But you're gonna have to move along. Time for you to go. Honey, there's the door. You've gotta know, I don't love you anymore. Time for you to go. Honey there's the door. I don't love you anymore. I'm running you ragged. Darling, you ain't doing nothing wrong. My edges are jagged. I've got you wrapped around my finger. But you're gonna have to move along. I've got you wrapped around my finger, But you're gonna have to move along. - We, I mean, you know. We grew up in the same house so it was... We were always kind of, like, taking turns practicing in the living room and, I think, one day we just kind of decided to try to do it together. We started off with just playing a lot of covers and we formed a band in high school. And just kind of grew from there. And now we're here. - Is it easy since you guys are siblings and you grew up together you can just, like, knock on each other's doors and be like, "No. Let's just finish this song. " - Yes. Yeah. - For sure. There's definitely, like, a lot of, you know, 12:30, 1 a. m. , like, "Hey. You're still awake. Let's, like, do this right now while I have some sort of creative spark. " - Mom and Dad are like, "What are you doing?" - Yeah. They're not really happy when they hear the piano going at, like, one in the morning. - Are they supportive though? - They're super supportive. - They're amazing. - They'e the best. - We have the best parents in the world. - We definitely do. - They've always said, like, you can do whatever you want as long as you try as hard as you can on it. That's the only, like, caveat we have. Forehead to the windowpane. God, how I wish it would rain. This robin's egg blue Is nothing compared to you. Where's the rain? It should be raining. Where's the thunder and lightning? Something just a bit more frightening, But why is there clear blue sky? Where's the rain? It should be raining. So come on rain. Come on rain. Didn't know you very well, But I could tell, You were beautiful. And everyone could see You were stunning To everyone and me. Where's the rain? It should be raining. Where's the thunder and lightning? Something just a bit more frightening, But why is there clear blue sky? Where's the rain? It should be raining. So come on rain. Come on rain. Come on rain. Looking up, it isn't right, There's not a single cloud in sight. There's a chill in the air, but you're not there. And suddenly I feel a jolt. It hits me like a lightening bolt. The skies are clear, but you're not here. Where's the rain? It should be raining. Where's the thunder and lightning? Something just a bit more frightening. Why is there clear blue sky? Where's the rain? It should be raining, So come on rain. Come on rain. It should be raining, Come on rain, rain, rain. - You guys write very soulful music. What are some of your influences? - Thanks. I definitely...I am super into, like, you know, the late 60s throughout the 70s. Just pretty much anything that has, like, a lot of guitar soloing in it. That's something that I would listen to a lot. - The age of the solo. - Yeah. That's, you know. Born too late. No, I like my time but... Definitely, that's where I draw a lot of my influence. Particularly blues music from that time. So. - And I like huge voices, like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin. Those people that you know exactly who it is after they say three words or they sing three words, you know exactly who it is. You don't have to see them because they've got, like, a thing. - Very distinct. - Yeah. - And you can see that that's totally reflected in your music because you do a lot of solos and you have a very distinct voice so it's awesome. - Thank you. - I was creeping on your Instagram a lot and I was really jealous because I saw this one picture of you guys meeting Dr. Oz? You played an event with him? - Yes. - Can you tell me about that? - It was really funny because, you know, we have an amazing publicist, Big Picture. They hooked us up with this great gala gig and says, "It's Black Tie. " - We had to go suit shopping for me. I didn't have anything that was quite Black Tie formal. - Yeah. - That's when you know you've made it. - Yeah, right? When you have to go buy clothes for a show. - Chris was, like, agonizing over, like the skinny tie or the bow tie? Oh, I don't know. - The skinny tie was definitely the right choice. - Yeah. He went with a skinny tie. - It was cool. It's classic. - I think he did well. But yeah it was insane. We met him. He's a really nice guy. And then we ended up playing a couple songs at the gala so we were part of the program. It was really awesome to, you know. It's a different experience then, you know, we play a lot of festivals and bars so it's a different taste of... - Yeah that's such a great experience. You used to know my passcode. I used to know your heart. I used to let you hold my hand, but now you stand here, Tearing me apart. I've got my secrets. You used to have the key. You went from keeping something special sealed up tight, To giving it for free. But darling I've found, word gets around. Such a shame, now we'll never be the same. Ooh, I got ya this time, ooh, you lost the game. Such a shame, go on and take the blame. Ooh, I got ya this time, ooh, you lost the game. It's such a shame. I used to think you understood, We used to think alike But now you've traded sweet for bitter, guts for glitter, Safe instead of right. And was she worth it? How happy are you now? Do you think about the night you lost me, Do you wonder how? 'Cause darling I've found, word gets around. Such a shame, now we'll never be the same, Ooh, I got ya this time, ooh, you lost the game. Such a shame, go on and take the blame. Ooh, I got ya this time, ooh you lost the game. It's such a shame. Such a shame, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. Ooh, I lost your number, Ooh, you lost my trust. I see the ashes in your eyes. You turned our love to dust. But now, now I've got a story, Now I've got a song. And music makes you miss me more. With every chord you'll know you've done me wrong 'Cause darling I've found, word gets around. Yeah. Such a shame, now we'll never be the same, Ooh, I gotcha this time, ooh, you lost the game. Such a shame, go on and take the blame, Ooh, I gotcha this time. ooh, you lost the game. It's such a shame, now we'll never be the same. Ooh, I gotcha this time, ooh, you lost the game. Such a shame, go on and take the blame. Ooh, I gotcha this time, ooh, you lost the game. It's such a shame. - Well, you guys deserve the all the attention. You've put in so much hard work and it shows. - Thank you. - Thank you so much for talking to us and we wish you the best of luck. - Thank you. - Thank you. - Hey everybody this is Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. - And you're watching Baeble music.
Devastatingly powerful vocals and retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut between vulnerable to all-out venomous, siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt's music has matured into a modern throwback to authentic, album-rock. Their full-length debut Edges, featuring their band and special guests G Love and Gov't Mule's Danny Louis, debuted on The Jambands Album Top 30 at #17 and is currently #14 after five consecutive months on the chart. Edges also cracked the FMQB Top 200 Albums and Singles bolstered by airplay across the US.
Together with their band, Jocelyn and Chris logged performances in 21 states in the past 12 months including stops at The Sundance Film Festival, Mountain Jam Music Festival, SXSW, The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, Milwaukee Summerfest, and numerous other top venues and events. In July, Jocelyn and Chris won the audience best band vote on the emerging artist stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee.