Album review: “In This Time,” The Ar-Kaics

by Jon E. Lynch

A few years back, I received a nonchalant press release in passing from the funk, soul, and R&B independent powerhouse Daptone Records. It was announcing the formation of a subsidiary label, which was created to release rock ‘n’ roll records. This approach to label creation wasn’t wholly uncommon back when record labels were of arguably greater importance and stood on relatively solid fiscal ground, meaning such a move was of little consequence. Normally the formation of a sister label of this sort is a casual footnote. There are quite a few examples of this, but we’ll save the look into those, for another time.

Daptone is a strong, trustworthy label with an artist roster that is impressively staggering, and includes the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and The Frightnrs, to name just a few. To see, or more accurately hear, what kind of rock records they intended to release was intriguing, to put it lightly.

The Ar-Kaics, from Richmond, Virginia, are technically the third artist on the label (behind The Mystery Lights and Michael Rault), and are releasing their fantastic full length “In This Time.” The band is inspired by the garage rock stalwarts of the ’60s, and pulls off the homage while impassioned and flawless. Recorded over three days and produced by Wayne Gordon (Black Lips, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, John Spencer Blues Explosion) and Mikey Post (Reigning Sound), this record is a must have for fans of traditional rock ‘n’ roll. Especially for those who dare to suggest that no good music is being made these days.

“In This Time” has been available since Friday, October 26, via Wick Records. Physical versions are available on compact disc and on standard black vinyl. Very limited quantities of the album have been pressed on a “beach glass” colored vinyl and are limited to one per person while supplies last through the record label. Vinyl versions come with the requisite digital download on your choice of various high quality formats.

Recommended for fans of King Khan and BBQ Show, The Sonics, The Mummies, ? & the Mysterians, The Seeds, and moments of early Black Lips.

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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