Brite Lites and Eminent Disasters

by The Arches

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Sven B. Schreiber The latest album created by "The Arches" targets a quite serious topic. It's a musical interpretation of the "Johnstown Flood" of 1889, one of the largest disasters in the history of the USA, caused by an evil combination of human greediness and negligence of adequate security measures. This album is different from many previous releases, because it features the piano as the leading instrument on most of the tracks - which is quite appealing, in my opinion. Favorite track: 10 Minutes Later.


It was midnight and the rave at an old steel mill in Pennsylvania was in full swing. The dark factory was lit up with orange hot molten steel being poured and forged in the background while the bodies moved to the electronic dance music. While the rave rages on...oblivious to the world, mother nature has something she wants to take back.

While they became empire builders, the wealthiest Americans who were members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting club, including Andrew Carnegie, neglected the dam of their favorite club. In 1889 the South Fork Dam blew open and destroyed Johnstown 14 miles downstream, taking 2209 lives in one of the greatest disasters in American history. This was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton.

Repetitious techno beats, somber piano melodies of reflection,dance clubs and libraries make for odd combinations of musical musings.


released April 21, 2018

The Arches are:

Murphy Spark- Lead Guitar, Bass
Nova Williams - Rhythm Guitar
Jessica Fury – Drum Kit
Nina Blade – Piano, Synth, Bass

Special Guests:
John W. Hartford Memorial Strings

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Mixed– by the band at Swany River Studios
All songs & arrangements by Mark L Swanson


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The Arches are a Minneapolis Instrumental band spreading love and kindness around the world. Our songs are simple sketches of studio performances.

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