Ars Enigma is a winding path that continues unfold in mysterious ways. It started with Nate Smith (lead singer and rhythm guitarist) writing songs between 2006 and 2008. When he decided to attempt to record them, he enlisted the help of a friend, Blake Garr (drummer and all around good guy). Initially, Blake was a consultant for Nate, instructing how to make the drum tracks come to life, but the conclusion was reached that Nate simply couldn’t bring his vision to life without an actual drummer. It was inevitable really. This first incarnation was dubbed On Fire From 1955.
After playing an open mic night in January of 2010 at the Smyrna Inn, they knew more members were necessary. After a convoluted process, Sean Sullivan (aka Sully, the beast on bass) and Bob Lowrey (initially bassist, then lead guitarist after the addition of Sully) were added to the band. On Fire From 1955 was gone and the age of Rusty Old Crows began. The album recorded by this quartet is available for streaming on Spotify or purchase on iTunes.
After a few years, Bob parted ways with the rest of the band to pursue other interests and Sully was given free reign to let loose. It was then that the band decided on one more name change. Given that none of them could nail down what to classify their music as, the name Ars Enigma (mysterious art) was chosen.
The best way to describe Ars Enigma’s sound is a mix of classic rock, grunge, stoner/hard rock, with some jazz for good measure. Sully enjoys playing moving bass lines and whipping out the kind of riffs reserved for lead guitars. Blake’s drums are more outside of the box and use of the double bass pedal is a must. As for Nate, he’s a nerd for interesting chord progressions and fuzz… copious amounts of fuzz… just all the fuzz on his guitar. The songs they write are intended to be expressive and something to which everyone can relate. It is that music that truly speaks the most. They also have some more social issue oriented songs because they feel that it's important to address the problems of our times instead of avoiding or ignoring them. Music has the power to move people when words fail and they aim to achieve that.