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“If songwriters were bad weather, Hurricane Arlan would be a category 5…
he’ll blow you away”
Greg Baker- The Miami Herald
In the tradition of many great troubadours before him, Los Angeles native Arlan Feiles has made his way across the American landscape and found himself a new home in New Jersey. All Along the way, Arlan has shared stages with some of the great legends of Music. The Band, The late Warren Zevon, Hot Tuna, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes, Dave Mathews, Bob Pollard, and many more.
During a long stop In Miami Florida, Arlan found a great deal of success with roots rock band Natural Causes. The Causes line-up featured Arlan, Joel Schantz and Sean Edelson on guitar, Jim Wall on drums, Karen Feldner on Keyboard and Backing vocals; and a host of Bass players including Fred Freeman of Dungeon Studios, Matt Coogan and finally with Sean”Bird Man”Gould. At that time Sandra Schulman from Billboard Magazine said “Arlan is a gifted songwriter… with pulsating and passionate performances” Soon finding a friend in legendary producer Tom Dowd, Natural Causes recorded two albums. One release called “Bomb in the Shelter” won for best album of the year by the Miami New Times. Natural Causes also won Best Rock Band accolades for the State of Florida and were the winners of Tanqueray’s National Best Band in America Contest.
The Causes’ run ended too soon, but Chris Blackwell of Island Records would take Arlan going solo, and signed him to his first record deal. Demos, recorded with Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, became the inspiration for a new album. Tom Dowd and Arlan recorded “Troubled Monkey” that included tracks backed by the legendary group The Band, featuring Levon Helm, the late Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson. Arlan also enlisted former Causes guitarist Joel Schantz and Bassist Sean Gould for the album; and added Derek Murphy (FTN, Milk Can) on Drums. However, “Trouble Monkey” had its “troubles”, and never got off the ground.
Arlan’s relationship with Island was certainly a learning experience but absolutely only the beginning of the story. After they parted ways, Arlan hit the road playing shows in clubs and coffee houses across the country. One such tour saw Arlan playing 88 shows in 90 days, spanning 38 states. These tours were paid for by selling CDs out of the back of his van accompanied only by his loyal dog Theo.
This whirlwind tour ended in Brooklyn, NYC during the emerging Williamsburg art- rock scene. Arlan formed a band called Gift Horse with bassist Dan Green, and drummer Brad Gunyon. Gift Horse had a hit with a song called “I’ve Got to Tell Ya” which found its way onto the soundtrack of Ed Burns’ “Sidewalks of New York” movie. Gift Horse’s alter ego The Lone Howdys grew into The Lone Orchestra, a 12 piece Americana Big Band; now a Jersey Shore favorite.
Since moving to NJ, Arlan has recorded two more solo albums with the help of legendary Miami Producer Frank “Rat Bastard “ Falestra. The first, “Razing a Nation”, has been highly acclaimed and was a “hot tip” on the Euro-Americana Charts in June 2005. Uncle Mike from the Two River Times has called the album “an American Classic”. And although no longer living in Miami, “Razing” was again honored with the title of Best Album by the Miami NewTimes.
2007 had been busy for the prolific writer. Arlan saw the re-release of the sold out “Razing a Nation” on his new record label not-pop records and the year culminating with the honor of being recognized as “Top Americana Artist” and “Top Keyboardist” at the “Asbury Music Awards” in famous Asbury Park, NJ
The Second album was the highly anticipated “Come Sunday Morning”. This latest effort as an independent release, debuted at no.15 on the Euro Americana Chart and no. 24 on the FAR Chart.
“Come Sunday Morning” would go on to win the Asbury Music Awards Best Album honors that year and again Arlan would take home Top Keyboardist and Top Americana band honors
Arlan continues to be extremely busy performing and enjoying a great deal of radio play and T.V/ Film placements for many of his songs. Arlan’s song “Out of the Dirt” was placed in the award winning film “Handsome Harry” starring Steve Buscemi and Jamey Sheridan, and Currently you can hear 7 of Arlans songs on the now airing controversial MTV show “16 and Pregnant”.
In 2012 Arlan released "Weeds Kill The Wild Flowers". His first full band album in a decade. Joined by his group The Broken Hearted, Arlan has put together another great collection of songs that take the listener through an Americana voyage of truth and discovery. With Cover Art by Guided By Voices vocalist and collage artist Robert Pollard, this Album is a must own for any Audiofile. John Pfeiffer of the Aquarian says "If Come Sunday Morning was the crown Jewel, Weeds is the King" This Album is also avaiable in Vinyl from Arlan's website in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats