Last summer, New Jersey electronic-pop trio A R I Z O N A
stopped by Industry City in Brooklyn, NY for one of Baeble's Bands + Brews concerts. The three songwriters/producers, Zach Hannah, Nate Esquite, and David Labuguen, arrived with positive attitudes, assuring us before their set that it will in fact, be "lit." (There's actually some footage of that, and I just spent a solid hour looking for it with no luck, sadly.)
Anyway, the group not only brought great vibes with their attitudes, but with their music. With performances of songs like "Electric Touch," "Oceans Away," and "Cross My Mind" along with several others, A R I Z O N A's perfect blend of electronics, pop, and rock made for a show that was danceable and got the crowd moving. However despite their feel-good style, they proved their dynamic abilities as well with some more emotional cuts, like "I Was Wrong" and the show opener "Annie." Hannah's robotic voice never broke and his stage presence was full of energy. The same went for Esquite and Labuguen, who played so perfectly you'd think you were listening to the studio version of every song.
The band just announced a huge arena tour with Panic at the Disco this summer. Swipe up some tix for that and pre-game on this sweaty, summer, Bands and Brews Session. .
For all the climates and cities that bring people together, the boys in A R I Z O N A came together as a trio in an apartment in Boston, their makeshift studio the counterweight to the lofty halls of East Coast music scholarship. In a string of infinite sessions during their time at both Berklee College of Music and Emerson College, Nate (guitar) hopped on a session with David (keys) and Zach (vocals), and all the moving pieces came together in a way that would reincarnate itself in many different fashions before eventually becoming the group now known as A R I Z O N A.
The three songwriter/producers from Jersey shared an obsession with the far left, sometimes even obscure side of music, but were even more romanced by the brutal honesty of pop topline and lyrics. Their music - including I Was Wrong, Where I Wanna Be, Let Me Touch Your Fire, and People Crying Every Night - creates new shapes and boundaries to span genres, time periods and styles, all focusing on the naked human tropes contained in the traditional pop narrative: love, loss, the need for raw unhinged expression.
The years and cities came and went, and it took until just last year for these old friends to point their focus finally inward. Thus, the band was formed, and they were no longer just the writers or producers; they were the performers. Over the past few months, the trios music has incited an exponentially upward curve of massive fan engagement and early success with tens of millions of streams across Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube and more. A R I Z O N A joined the social savvy co-conspirators at Atlantic Records and Artist Publishing Group at the close of 2015 and are currently working on their debut album.