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A culmination of four seasoned musicians and friends, Maj Deeka formed in
early 2018 after an introductory jam in South Raleigh proved natural and
creative. The group comprises Matt Kirk on the electrified bass, Andy Blair
on guitar and vocals, Evan Bost on keys and vocals, and Ryan Masecar on
drums, vocals, and the recorder (recording technology). Although each
member brings varying musical experiences and style to the mix, there is a
common thirst to create harmonically interesting compositions with rock n’
roll fundamentals, storied vocals, and group improvisation on stage. Maj
Deeka’s eclectic sound is sure to evolve and refine as this band of late
writes new music, reinterprets crowd pleasing covers, and engages with
BIG STRONG ARMS:
Eclectic in influence and inventive to a fault, the Big Strong Arms are, at their core, a simple group of 5 music nerds from Raleigh, North Carolina. But their fearless, genre-defying sound makes their debut album, “A Band You Can Trust,” a truly wild experience.
The Big Strong Arms’ current lineup have been playing together since 2012, and recording together at Pie Man Sound since 2014. Starting from scratch in the music world, the band has cobbled together their own unique identity – informed by a globe-spanning list of artists and acts including Nat King Cole, Frank Zappa, Yoko Kanno, Hiatus Kaiyote, Elbow, Lack of Afro, Queens of the Stone Age, Jimi Hendrix (especially the B-Sides!), Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, The Who, and Paul McCartney. It is thanks to this diverse range of idols and influences that the Arms can imbue their music with such a wide range of emotions. From the screaming, thrashing waves of “Undertow” to the loose, delicate tones of “Major State of Mind,” the flexibility of the Big Strong Arms knows no bounds.
An underground sensation up ‘til now, the Big Strong Arms’ first studio album is set to change the face of the Raleigh music scene. Produced by punk rock pioneer and CBGB’s mainstay Mitchell Dancik and featuring guest spots from local musicians Mark Powell, Karin Bennett, and Taylor Babson, “A Band You Can Trust” is a passion project made real.