Gems of Masochism
| Post-hardcore, emo, screamo, art punk, gothic rock, post-punk, no wave|
Gravity Records, Amalgameted Recording Corp, Three One G
Heroin, Evergreen, Tarot Bolero, Get Hustle, Final Conflict, Holy Molar, Crash Worship, Burlesque Affair, The Chandeliers, Coptic Light, The Red Tyger Church, Bedtime, DBC, Magick Daggers
San Diego, California, United States
Aaron Montaigne, Jeff Winterberg, Mac Mann, Ron Anarchy, Andy Ward
Navio Forge, Portraits of Past, Native Nod, Moss Icon, Usurp Synapse
Antioch Arrow was an American screamo band from San Diego, California that formed in 1992. Most of their discography was released through the seminal San Diego independent label Gravity Records which was responsible for putting San Diego on the map in the mid-1990s as one of the centers of the movement. The band, breaking up in 1994 and releasing one final studio album posthumously in 1995, are now considered to be one of the most influential bands of the early 1990s that shaped emo and post-hardcore music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The band first formed in 1992 by vocalist Aaron Montaigne, bassist Mac Mann, and drummer Ron Avila (who is also known by his nicknames "Ron Anarchy" and "Maxamillion Avila"). Interestingly, Avila and Montaigne originally knew each other from their previous band Heroin; Avila was the original drummer of Heroin, but left after the group played their first two shows. Montaigne joined the group to replace him. The trio would soon recruit guitarists Jeff Winterberg and Aaron Richards and, under this line up, released a split 7" with the band Candle and their debut 12" extended play The Lady Is A Cat, both in 1993 through Gravity Records. After this, Richards left the band as was subsequently replaced by Andy Ward, who was previously in the group Evergreen.
With their line-up solidified, the group would release their second extended play In Love With Jetts in 1994, again through Gravity Records. During their run, the group embarked on 3 different tours within the United States. The first was a week-long tour of the West Coast in the spring of 1993. The second was a month-long tour of the U.S., spanning late June to Early July 1993. The third and final tour was originally supposed to be for 6 weeks from early June to late July 1994. However, van troubles and inter-band conflict ended the tour in early July with the band canceling many shows across the Northwest. Their last show ever took place in a truck trailer in Boulder, Colorado around July 6, 1994. In December 1994, the group were offered by Amalgamented Recording Corp to fly out to Los Angeles, California to record, which resulted in the group's final album, Gems Of Masochism, which was released posthumously in 1995. The album is noted for it's gothic sound, utilizing synthesizers. According to Montaigne, it was ill-conceived by the punk scene when it was initially released.
After the group's break-up, members have went on to work on other musical projects. Andy Ward and Ron Avila, for example, would go on to form the Three One G supergroup Holy Molar. Aaron Montaigne would later form a heroin addiction by the late 1990s, but eventually sobered when he joined the US Army in the early 2000s. Jeff Winterberg would go on to do photography, and in 2011 he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects children and only 2% of adults.
The band is typically seen as a vital part of both first wave emo music and the "San Diego sound", an early style of post-hardcore originating from San Diego, California that was popularized by bands such as Swing Kids and Heroin. The group's first three released were issued by Gravity Records, a label that is also considered to have played an important role in the "San Diego sound". The band's early recordings, such as The Lady Is A Cat, displayed a somewhat "basic" hardcore punk sound, while In Love With Jetts introduced a much more spastic, noisey style that the band would later be known for. The group's final album, Gems Of Masochism, introduced synthesizers and an over all gothic aesthetic, both musically and visually. The band has been described as post-hardcore, art punk, emo, post-punk, and no wave.
The band has gone on to name many influences, including mid-late 1980s DC emo and hardcore bands such as Ignition and Rites of Spring. The Birthday Party was also a major early influence for the group, and the somewhat strange style of The Nation of Ulysses also inspired the group majorly. Vocalist Aaron Montaigne has also stated that the vocal style of Chris Thomsphon (of the late 1980s Washington, DC hardcore group Fury) shaped his own style of desperate, fearful vocals.
Antioch Arrow are now considered to a highly influential band for their time. At the Drive-In once stated how the group influenced them, as well as The Blood Brothers. The experimental noise rock band Racebannon has also described Antioch Arrow as an early influence.Final line-up
Aaron Montaigne – vocals (1992-1994)
Mac Mann – bass (1992-1994)
Ron Avila – drums (1992-1994)
Jeff Winterberg – guitar (1992-1994)
Andy Ward - guitar (1994)
Aaron Richards – guitar (1992-1993)
The Lady Is A Cat (1993, Gravity)
In Love With Jetts (1994, Gravity)
Gems Of Masochism (1995, Amalgamated)
Antioch Arrow/Candle split 7" (1993, Gravity)
Antioch Arrow (1997, Gravity)
Paper MoshayGems Of Masochism · 1995Antioch Arrow Wikipedia
Conspiring the Go-GoThe Lady Is A Cat · 1993
In Love With JettsIn Love With Jetts / The Lady Is a Cat · 1997