Express Service

by The Arches

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Sven B. Schreiber Hooray, the first 2018 album in my collection! The funny story underlying this album made my day already, and the gorgeous music added up to my purchase decision. Yes, it's simple music - quite the opposite of what I'm listening to most of the time. But that's exactly why I love it. Sometimes I just grow tired of complex counterpoints and odd, ever-changing time signatures... and then, "The Arches" are the appropriate remedy. Favorite track: 2am White Castle.


At the local Low Fidelity Express Service diner, people sit on stools and come from all walks of life. The students who just pulled an all-nighter and looking for a tasty breakfast. The old man sipping his coffee at 2am waiting for another old man to show so they can remanence about their glory days. The attack waitress is in rare form taking an order. Her shift is almost over and her jaw chomps and rotates and rolls a large piece of gum over her tongue while shouting the order to Ralph the cook. Ralph wants to be anywhere but here. He dreams of becoming an Endocrinologist because he feels he really understands glands. As the characters live their lives day in and day out, the world outside changes. Driverless vehicles pull up to the curb as customers enter the restaurant wearing odd-looking clothes. They hold their wrists up to the old cash register trying to pay for their meal with a new blockchain app from their crypto bank. That won’t work here folks, but hold on for some Express Service.

Would you like fries with that?

The Arches


released January 1, 2018

The Arches are:

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

Guest Musicians:
Hartford Memorial Strings
Jimmy "Doc" Ryan - trumpet on Kitchen Inspection & 2am White Castle

All songs by Mark L Swanson
Mixed– by the band at Swany River Studios
Album cover photo & design by MLS


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The Arches Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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