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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. .

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to our Bands and Brews sessions here in Industry City.
I know I left you in a bad way Never call you back and you always say
"Why you gotta go and do me wrong, just like that?"
Baby I know that you can't take The long nights and the heartbreak
But I always know you're gonna be coming running right back
It's okay, to get stuck in the game A little insecure,
baby we're one in the same Oh, oh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Annie, don't leave me hanging
Oh those big, cold eyes that you're hiding behind
I can see through 'em every time Oh, oh,
Annie, girl you know that I need you
Oh I love it when you smile, won't you stay for awhile
I promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh
Oh I love it when you smile, won't you stay for awhile
I promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh
Oh everything is gonna be fine
I know it gets a little frantic Trying to keep up with all the antics
Oh I know you get so sad, I hate to see you like that
Oh, oh, oh, oh
You're a rebel, I'm a bandit And we're ramblin' the abandoned
Let's just burn it all down, baby never look back
Oh, oh, oh
It's okay, to get stuck in the game A little insecure,
baby we're one in the same Oh, oh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Annie, don't leave me hanging baby
Oh those big, cold eyes that you're hiding behind
I can see through 'em every time Oh, oh
Annie, girl you know that I need you so bad
Oh I love it when you smile, won't you stay for awhile
I promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh
I promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh
Woah, oh, oh, oh oh
We've both been here before So before you walk out the door
You know it's just that game we play, the one we're both good at
I'm saying everything about you But girl I wouldn't be so sure
So let's just find a way Oh, oh
Annie, don't leave me hanging
Oh those big, cold eyes that you're hiding behind
I can see through 'em every time Oh, oh
Annie, girl you know that I need you
Oh I love it when you smile, won't you stay for awhile
I promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh
Oh, I can see the doubt in those eyes Even though you try to hide it
There's not much to figure out Cause I know why
And I won't try to fight it, try to fight it
And I'll be the first to tell you You were right
Oh, you were right, oh, you were right Won't try to say I'm sorry, this time
But I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
Oh I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
It used to be so warm, those days I try not to remember
I got lost in the storm, of my ways
I couldn't pull myself together, 'self together
And I'll be the first to tell you you were right
Oh, you were right, oh, you were right Won't try to say I'm sorry, this time
I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh
And I'll be the first to tell you, you were right
Oh you were right, oh you were right Won't try to say I'm sorry this time
But I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
Oh I want you to know that I was wrong I know, I know
I just wanna say that I was wrong I know, I know
What are all these words?
What are all these words that we keep hearing with?
Who said it first? Who said it first? Let's not go down like this
Take your pain, Take all of the emotions that you feel
And give 'em all to me
Oh, I-I-I, I wanna get lost in the night now
Hold me in the dark 'til the light's down
And give me your electric touch
Oh, I-I-I, I don't wanna think about the distance
I just wanna be in your existence So give me your electric touch, oh
Woah, oh So give me your electric touch, oh
So give me your electric touch
Oh, all the things, remember all the things we used to do
Give into me, give into me and I'll give into you
If you need it, or if you need to win, then I can lose
If it brings me back to you
Oh, I-I-I, I wanna get lost in the night now
Hold me in the dark 'til the light's down
And give me your electric touch
Oh I-I-I, I don't wanna think about the distance
I just wanna be in your existence So give me your electric touch, oh
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh
So give me your electric touch, oh
So give me your electric touch Oh, oh, woah, oh, oh
So give me your electric touch, oh
I-I-I, I don't wanna think about the distance
I just wanna be in your existence So give me your electric touch, oh
I-I-I, I don't wanna think about the distance
I just wanna be in your existence So give me your electric touch, oh
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh So give me your electric touch, oh
Woah, oh, oh, oh
So give me your electric touch, oh
I build my love like a castle in the sand
And when it comes down, it comes tumbling to the ground
But when she speaks, it's a dangerous fantasy
That sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be
And her hair blows like a lighter in the wind
Then I lose my senses baby She gets under my skin
And when she speaks, she's all I'll ever need
She sets me free, oh to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be Oh, oh
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be, oh
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be
Go
Play
I build my love like a castle in the sand
And when it comes down It comes tumbling to the ground
But when she speaks It's a dangerous fantasy
That sets me free To where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be, hey
She sets me free to where I wanna be I wanna be, oh, oh, oh
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be, oh
She sets me free to where I wanna be, I wanna be
Oh we'd rather live a lie, live a lie Then face all the heartache
So we live in the warmths of the nights And sleep through the dark days
Does it even really matter Don't even want to get better
Cause it feels like we're fighting for nothing, nothing
So we keep on Running, running, running, oh
Always hunting for something, oh
We take all the highs, and leave all the lows behind
And keep on Running, running, running
Oh, oh, oh Oh oh, oh, oh
We're doing alright, we'll be fine Everything's okay
That's what we tell ourselves all the time
And we can't make the pain go away
We can't slow down, we can't stop now, no we won't turn around, oh
Even when it feels like we're fighting for nothing, nothing
Yeah, we keep on Running, running, running, oh
We're always hunting for something, oh
We take all the highs, and leave all the lows behind
And keep on Running, running, running
Oh, oh, oh Oh oh, oh, oh
We're running away from ourselves We never get too far
And we can't stay, can't stay still But we don't want to do this anymore
We find a way to just let it go
Turn around, and just get gone
And after all yeah we're fighting for something, something
So we keep on Running, running, running, oh
We're always hunting for something, oh
We take all the highs, and leave all the lows behind
And keep on Running, running, running
Oh, oh, oh Oh oh, oh, oh
Even when it feels like you're fighting for nothing, you keep on
I heard you say that like, "It was lit.
" Thank you, I appreciate that.
Black heart, black eyes Oh I feel alive
But this chaos hiding in my eyes
Always shouldn't trust me, and you know why
But there's no use in trying to hide
Oh I don't wanna hurt you I just wanna open up your heart
Come a little closer Don't be so afraid of a couple scars
Cause I don't wanna hurt you I just wanna open up your heart
Come a little closer, oh I know you're not afraid of a couple scars
Don't be afraid, now you don't have to cry
It's getting dark out baby, come inside
And when the voices in your head come alive
Oh, oh Oh, oh
No there's no use in trying to hide, Oh, oh
I don't wanna hurt you I just wanna open up your heart
Come a little closer Don't be so afraid of a couple scars
I don't wanna hurt you I just wanna open up your heart
Come a little closer, oh I know you're not afraid of a couple scars
Oh the night is dark and cold
And who knows, maybe I could steal your soul
But you're not one to believe in superstition, superstition, oh
Are you, are you, oh Are you, are you, oh-oh
Are you, are you, oh oh Are you, are you, oh-oh
I just wanna open up your heart
Come a little closer Don't be so afraid of a couple scars
Hurt you Open up your heart
Come a little closer Afraid of a couple scars
I never let My guard go down
But you messed me up When you came around
When the high wore off Know you needed space
But I don't wanna wait I don't wanna mistake
Few thousand miles, and an ocean away
But I see the sunrise, oh just like the other day
Picture your eyes as I fall asleep
Tell myself it's alright, oh As the tears roll by
Ooh, I wish I could feel your face Ooh, I'm helpless when I'm oceans away
I never felt A room so still
See the future coming Hope it isn't real
I learned to fake a smile As the time runs out
I don't wanna wait Oh, I don't wanna mistake
Few thousand miles and an ocean away
But I see the sunrise, oh just like the other day
Picture your eyes as I fall asleep
Tell myself it's alright, oh as the tears roll by
Ooh, I wish I could feel your face Ooh, I'm helpless when I'm oceans away
Ooh, I wish I could feel your face Ooh, I'm helpless when I'm oceans away
Helpless when I'm oceans away
Helpless when I'm oceans away
Ooh, I wish I could feel your face Ooh, I'm helpless when I'm oceans away
- This was the first song we ever wrote, actually.
We were living in North Hollywood, and Nelly, at the time, we were producers, so our job was to make music and other things.
We worked in media, you know, we played stuff for other people all the time.
But one day, after working 15 hours in the studio, doing stuff we didn't love, I mean, if I'm being honest...you know, I think, at the end of the day, we came home and went to work one day and we stayed super late.
And we said, "Let's just make a jam," and it turned out to be this song, totally by accident, and we laughed at it for a long time.
But, I mean, being up on stage here, I think, the coolest part about this is that you get to, you know, meet people every night that actually heard it and liked it, you know? It's something that was kind of a joke between guys.
We've known each other for so long, you know, we've just been best friends forever and this is kind of what we do now.
So, we just like to remember that all this is just supposed to be fun for us.
So, this song was very fun to make and that's why we did everything we have done so far.
So, we like to have fun on stage for this one so you guys could do that for a second.
Nate Esquite on the guitar.
That's David Labuguen on the keys.
And that's the manimal, - My name is Zachary Hannah.
This song is called "Let Me Touch Your Fire.
" I've got a cold heart and cold hands I'll make you wanna be where I am
If you only knew my plans Oh if you only knew who I am
Normally I break your heart I love every minute, tear you apart
Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Late at night I lie awake Just thinking about your pretty face
Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo
I've got a cold heart and cold hands I'll make you wanna be where I am
If you only knew my plans Oh if you only knew who I am
Normally I break your heart I love every minute, tear you apart
Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Late at night I lie awake Just thinking about your pretty face
Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo
I'll never leave you on the wire So let me touch your fire
I'm cold, sick, and I'm tired So baby let me touch your fire
I'll never leave you on the wire So baby let me touch your fire
I'm cold, sick, and I'm tired So let me touch your fire
I know I haven't been perfect, but give it some time
Cause not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
And we spend our lives looking for things we can't find, oh
But not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
All the days you spend on my mind
All the times that I'd say that we'll be together, we'll be together, oh
All the ways you see through my heart
I know the good intentions, they won't last forever, won't last forever, oh
And I know I haven't been perfect, but give it some time
Cause not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
And we spend our lives looking for things we can't find, oh,
But not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
Not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
Not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
All the hours we've spent on the line
All the times that you'd say that I never listen, I never listen, oh
Through the conversations we've had 'til 4 a.m.
You say you want something different, you want something different, oh
And I know I haven't been perfect, but give it some time
Cause not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
And we spend our lives looking for things we can't find, oh
But not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
Not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
Not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
Oh, not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
I know I haven't been perfect, but give it some time
Cause not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
And we spend our lives looking for things we can't find, oh
But not a single day goes by where you don't cross my mind
- Perfect.
You guys have been great.
Thanks for coming out.
One more time.
Not a single day goes by where you don't cross my
Oh, not a single day goes by where you don't cross my
- Thanks, again, guys.
ARIZONA the band, and not the state.
If you don't know who we are and you're still hanging tonight, it's @arizona_music on Twitter and @thisisarizonamusic on Instagram.
We got some merch in the back.
I mean, it's, you know, it's going to be a lit night and you all made it a lit night.
So many great musicians here tonight, so thank these guys and thank yourselves.
And you guys have a good rest of your night, and we'll be back next time, really soon.
Good night.
But girl I wouldn't be so sure So let's just find a way, oh
Annie, don't leave me hanging
Oh those big, cold eyes that you're hiding behind
I can see through 'em every time
Oh, oh, Annie, girl you know that I need you
Oh I love it when you smile, won't you stay for awhile
Promise everything is gonna be fine Oh, oh

Artist Bio

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.

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