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Featured Artist: Arm the Witness gears up for show after recent single

Brandon Paykamian • May 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Arm the Witness, an eclectic rock act based in Johnson City, has gone through a lot of changes both in terms of lineup and sound. 

Up until recently, the band was most well-known locally for heavier songs like “Envy.” The song features a music video that depicts the band kidnapping a corrupt politician in front of vocalist Aiden Shaw’s trademark screams. It’s a world away from some of the band’s most recent recordings. 

These days, the group is branching out more stylistically, creating a dynamic sound that blurs the lines of genre. With the lineup and sound changes, Shaw is also now showcasing more of his clean vocals. 

The band now consists of Shaw on lead vocals, Cody Cupp on guitar and Mason Bishop on drums. 

While the group is looking to continue touring with bigger acts across the country in the coming years, Cupp said the band strives to stay true to their roots as a local metal band in touch with their local fan base. 

Last week, the Press asked Cupp to tell us more about his band and their plans moving ahead.

Who are your biggest influences? 

We're all influenced by vastly different things musically. Our roots are obviously based in heavier music, but we're all big fans of modern pop, indie and alternative music. We try to incorporate the things we live from those genres into our songwriting.

What kinds of changes has the band made in recent months? 

Being in a touring band is a huge commitment that is time-consuming, so the lineup changes were just something that happened over time. As we finally settled in with the solid final lineup, we musically evaluated what we all loved and tried to craft a sound that was truly new and unique, but that paid tribute to our roots.

Tell us a bit about your new recording and where to find it 

We just released a new single titled “Blame,” and the fan response has been overwhelming. The song deals with the tragedy of growing up in a broken home, and you can listen to it on all major streaming outlets.

What can we expect from the band in the coming months? Any shows coming up? 

We have shows coming up in Nashville, Tennessee, with Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria, a festival appearance alongside All That Remains at Metal In The Mountains in West Virginia, and locally we'll be headlining Capone's on May 17th.

Where do you hope the band will be in five years?

We plan to continue writing and releasing singles, continue touring the country, and to just keep sharing our music with as many people as we can. We feel like we have a unique opportunity to share a powerful message with people, and we're going to continue doing that. 

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