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OPEN ARMS are a four piece indie pop band from Birmingham who have really started to cause a stir. Comprised of Ben Farmer, Sam Barratt, Josh Bennett and Drew Peters, the band have already begun to spur an interest in audiences of multiple genres - more notably the Pop scene. Since their formation in early September 2015, OPEN ARMS have been accumulating a following of which numbers have been growing rapidly across both live performances and social media.
The band formed from a shared love of classic rock and 80's synth pop whilst growing up in their secondary school Shire Oak Academy. After several lineup changes prior to 2015, the Birmingham hopefuls began writing music and playing anywhere they were offered.
Since then, OPEN ARMS have developed both musically and aesthetically - drawing parallels from current musical trends and trends gone by. Their cinematic sound drew from a love of the polish a large production brings to their tracks and the intense atmosphere that surrounds their sleek live performances.
Telescope - the bands upbeat debut offering - dominated the local music scene upon it's release, immediately cementing a promising start to their musical repertoire. Telescope compliments itself with an easily recognisable hook that widens the eyes of any crowd, instantly captivating audiences.
The sophomore effort entitled "Honey" further instilled OPEN ARMS as a force to be reckoned with.
"OPEN ARMS bring the spiky guitar work and synth-washes bang up to date. Their music sounds like the best of that decade distilled down into a new and exciting brew.
'Honey' kicks off with some instantly arresting guitar-work before blossoming unexpectedly into a post-pop masterpiece. The melody is simply beautiful. It is the type of song which it seems must always have existed, just waiting for the right people at the right time to give it form."
- Chris Wheatley for Music-News.com
In a short amount of time the quartet have dominated regional awards - successfully bagging Unsigned band awards in both Birmingham and Nottingham. They have also been championed by BBC Introducing - having every track offered to the station played multiple times on the regional West Midlands show. Multiple presenters have listed the band as a firm favorite with a promising future.
From receiving vivacious praise direct from esteemed members of the music industry, to the voices of audiences encapsulated by OPEN ARMS' “Anthemic Indie Pop”, nothing can restrain the inevitable rise to the top for this band.
"A station like Radio 1 would really love that sound"
(Alex Noble BBC Introducing)