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The Arkhams are a 4 piece band playing a brand of Psychobilly which is melodic, danceable, and downright FUN! The sound: a psychotic episode across sub-genre boundaries which at any twitch can seamlessly switch from Psychobilly/Garage to Mersey-beat/R&B, Surf, Rockabilly and Punk Rock, yet makes perfect sense and keeps their unique, dare I say signature sound consistent and crowds dancing wherever they wander. The Arkhams thrive on their musical (and personal) eccentricity, while nodding to those who have influenced them. The diversity of musical influence fed through the Arkhams’ warped meat grinder of a collective mind yields a tasty and agreeable musical sausage treat that appeals to a rather broad audience. A live set is a barrage of raw rock n roll intensity, but with a fun and relatable vibe. Entertaining even between songs, there is a strong humor aspect seasoning to the band’s identity and while the Arkhams take their music seriously, it is a well known fact that they believe in never taking oneself too seriously. After all, human beings are ridiculous!
Formed in 2006 as a three piece, the Arkhams have evolved along the way, adding a second guitar player, having guest Sax players and even a burlesque dancer. Since then, the Arkhams have traveled most of the US, Quebec and Ontario and have been featured at festivals in Spain and Finland.
Taking their name from a town made infamous in HP Lovecraft lore and also an asylum in Batman comics (that itself being a Lovecraft reference) it’s no coincidence that the songs have recurring themes of insanity and mental illness.
LET’S GET WEIRD!
Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh-Upright Bass/Lead Vocals
Grumpy Bobcat Arkham- Lead Guitar/Vocals
Johnny Beernuts-2nd Guitar/Vocals
Rose Arkham-Dances/Backing Vocals
“Live at the Continental”-2007-Self released live bootleg
“The Road To Arkham”-2008-Self released debut album
“Fuckin’ Live Bud”-2009-Self Released Live Bootleg
“Single Best Served Cold”- 2009-self released 45 rpm single
“Y’all Motherfuckers Need Justice” -2010-compilation on Farmageddon Records
“Valley Of The Arkhams”-2010-Self Released 2nd album
“WET”- 2 songs in video game on PS3 and XBOX360