Arc: a luminous electrical discharge between two electrodes or other points.
Iris: a flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye, with an adjustable circular opening (pupil) in the center.
One could easily offer an explanation of this band's name that included talk of "circumference" and "a plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers," especially because their instruments and microphones were wrapped in flowering vines, but I'm going to offer an alternate explanation. I'm going to talk about how their performance did indeed produce a luminous, electric connection between artist and audience. Simply put, you can't take your eyes or ears off of Arc Iris.
Hailing from Providence, RI and citing influences ranging from Bjork to Andrew Bird, this band is a sonic spectacle to behold. My first glimpse of lead singer Jocie Adams in her gold dust cat suit told me I was in for something great. She did not disappoint, deftly playing multiple instruments and providing stunning vocals. She was joined by fellow band members Zach Tenorio-Miller(piano&vocals), Ray Belli(drums) and Robin Ryczek(cello).
Watching Arc Iris perform was like watching someone elegantly solve an extremely difficult math problem. You know, the kind of math problem that stretches across the expanse of an entire classroom chalkboard. Think Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, except with better vocals and a cello. There is a deep seated intelligence that weaves its way through their songs, but it doesn't come across as condescending. It comes across as fun to dance to.
Arc Iris's self-titled debut album is out on April1st on Anti-Records. Check out my video footage from this show below. It features opening act Davey Horne, headliner Nicole Atkins and my very talented co-host Brandie G. who managed to get an exclusive interview with lead singer Jocie Adams.