Mill City Music

by The Arches

supported by
Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber "The Arches" continue their own special way of teaching us US American history, always revealing big holes in my general knowledge. Well, as some kind of excuse, it might be stated that the events around the Washburn A Mill happened far away from my home, in a time long before I was born, although my colleagues like to reiterate that I'm older than the Internet, which sounds like a damn long time. Heck, I'm even older than the ARPANET, the existence of which already is widely unknown to my younger colleagues... Nevermind, this kind of history lessons, based on great music, is very pleasant, and as psychologists say, new knowledge is likely to be remembered easier if it's acquired in a pleasant mood. Favorite track: Gold Medal Magic Part 2.


Lessons Learned: Airborne Flour Dust Explodes! The Album cover reveals what is left of the Washburn flour Mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The stone arch bridge over the Mississippi River can be seen in the distance. On the evening of May 2, 1878, the Washburn A Mill exploded. It could be heard ten miles away in St. Paul. The explosion destroyed the largest flour mill in the world, along with several adjacent flour mills. It was the worst disaster in Minneapolis's history, and brought about major safety upgrades in future flour mills. Mainly, vacuums that suck the dust from the air.

During that fateful night in 1878, three deafening explosions could be heard all over town. All fourteen workers were killed. Within minutes, the fire had spread to the adjacent Diamond and Humboldt mills. They also exploded, killing four more workers. A monument at Lakewood Cemetery was erected in their memory in 1895.

Gold Medal Flour, Pillsbury, General Mills corporations all grew out of the milling operations along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

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released October 22, 2018

The Arches are:

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

Special Guests:
John W. Hartford Memorial Strings
Johnny Kahn - Trumpet

Album cover concept by MLS
Mixed & Mastered by the band at Swany River Studios
All songs written & arranged 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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