Your Arsenal – Demo

11 Dec

Your Arsenal
Demo (http://myspace.com/yourarsenalmusic)
2010

Chris Wallace – Vocals, Guitar
Shaun Hale – Guitar, Vocals
Chad Sengstock – Bass, Vocals
Justin Thiessen- Drums

1 – Wouldn’t Trade You For Gold
2 – No Place Like Home
3 – Trouble

I “discovered” these guys in June of 2010, I had my 16-year-old Daughter, out from Florida, for the summer. I was trying to think of to entertain her. So I searched online for local shows.

So, after I did the web search, I found a show coming up that very weekend. Pricing was reasonable, four bands for thirteen bucks (or was it fourteen?) if you buy in advance online. Sure why not? The Bill was The Briggs, Cobra Skulls, Longway, and Your Arsenal. The opening band damn near stole the show.

The first band was Your Arsenal. They hit the stage somewhere between 7:45 and 8:00. These guys need to be signed to a label, yesterday! They were the best surprise, musically, that I have come across in years. The crowd was sparse, but singer/guitarist Chris Wallace, and band mates Shaun Hale, guitar, Chad Sengstock, Bass, and Larry Wyatt, Drums, played as if they were in front of 100,000.

After the first, or second song Wallace, mentioned that free demos could be picked up from their merchandise table in the bar of the Troubadour, my Daughter took off in search of this demo. Unfortunately, the table wasn’t set-up until after their set.

The set was tight, and energetic. It was a perfect opening for the next three bands. It you get a chance, check out their Facebook, or My Space page to listen to their demo. Lucky for us we got to hear the three songs off of the demo live: Wouldn’t Trade This For Gold, No Place Like Home, and Trouble. They did a great cover of Bastards of Young, by The Replacements. After their set we picked up copies of the demo, and bought a couple of buttons.

As I’ve said before, somebody needs to sign them quick, in the mean time . . . go see them live.

Wouldn’t Trade You For Gold
“sleepless nights, and the pointless fights
heart-filled tears and your miss judged fears
of how someday I’ll change
fade back to the glory days

yeah this broke old guitar don’t play in the day,
but the night is only a few hours away
where you can sing me to sleep with your bright baby blues,
and I’ll sing you to death when there’s nothing to do
I wouldn’t trade this for anything
cuz nothing could mean so much to me.

sleepless nights, and the pointless fights
heart filled tears, and your miss judged fears
of how someday I’ll change
fade back to the glory days

you have your smarts to get you through the hard parts
I have my voice to get me stuck out in the cold
a life full of regret night after night,
and day after day another pointless fight,
but I wouldn’t take back anything
cuz it all brought you to me.

sleepless nights and the pointless fights
heart filled tears and your miss judged fears
of how someday I’ll change
fade back to the glory days.

I wouldn’t trade you for anything
no I wouldn’t trade you for anything
I wouldn’t trade you for anything
no I wouldn’t trade you for.

I wouldn’t trade you for anything
no I wouldn’t trade you for anything
I wouldn’t trade you for anything
no I wouldn’t trade you for

sleepless nights and the pointless fights
heart filled tears and your miss judged fears
of how someday I’ll change
fade back to the glory days.”

I wrote to bassist Chad Sengstock, and asked: “If there is anything you’d like to add, where it was recorded, inspirations for songs, etc.  And this was his reply: “We recorded the songs in Chris’ (Chris Wallace, singer) garage. Nothing really special. Chris wrote all the lyrics, so I am not sure what his inspirations were, ha-ha.”

Your Arsenal was formed in the summer of 2009, by Chris Wallace (vocals/lead guitar), and Shaun Hale (rhythm guitar). Soon after, they teamed up with Larry Wyatt (drums), and Chad Sengstock (bass).

Their first show was at the Slidebar Cafe in Fullerton, CA with Flatfoot 56. It didn’t take them long to record their current three song demo, featuring “Wouldn’t Trade You For Gold.”

Keep your eyes peeled, and ears open for Your Arsenal’s upbeat punk rock; blasting from your stereo, and energetic, live performances tearing up southern California.  Sadly, a bit after I wrote this review Your Arsenal disbanded.

Rating: *** three out of three stars

 

 

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2 Responses to “Your Arsenal – Demo”

  1. 1
    Eddie Cook Says:

    Hey Mike – I gotta track down that demo ~ sounds cool. I read that you’re going stop publishing books ~ is this true or another internet rumor? Eddie

  2. 2
    Mike E. Says:

    Eddie: Yeah, track down Your Arsenal on Facebook, you’ll like them.

    As far as publishing, I’m not going all JD Salinger, but I may pull back a bit.

    - Mike

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