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Armies Biography

Armies is a fresh indie-electro-pop-rock band from Portland, ME, and the newest project from Dave Gutter. It’s worth taking a closer look at Dave Gutter to get an understanding of Armies.

First off, Dave Gutter- best known as the front man and guitarist for Rustic Overtones and Paranoid Social Club- just co-wrote the new Aaron Neville and Eric Krazno records, but this is just the most recent news. This Portland, Maine based singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and performer has earned a reputation over the last 20 years as a remarkably perceptive and enigmatic lyricist, and- prior to the Neville and Krasno records- penned the lyrics for songs recorded by Susan Tedeschi, Derek TrucksResGramatik, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton. His lyrics for the Gramatik hit “Torture”, which was featured in Summit / OffSpring entertainment’s “Step Up 5: All In“, and used in the trailer of the popular Netflix original series “Narcos”.

In addition to this remarkably diverse list of writing credits, Gutter has recorded and collaborated with the likes of Imogen Heap, Ray Lamontagne, Funkmaster FlexNaughty by Nature and David Bowie, and he is even featured in the David Bowie biography Pushing Ahead of the Dame. On stage, Gutter toured nationally as direct support for De La SoulSteel Pulse, and Run DMC among many others.

While living for a time in Venice Beach, CA, Dave Gutter was commissioned by Viacom/Rumble to write folk-style duets for male and female vocals. These were intended simply for TV and Film placement, but after auditioning vocalists in Los Angeles, Gutter returned to Portland and finished the record with long time friend and singer-songwriter Anna Lombard. The result was Armies, which drew upon themes of temptation and fidelity- the seedier underbelly of love and passion- in its August 2015 eponymous independent release. Despite the low expectations for the project, the electro-pop anthems inspired by French pop duets of the sixties got notice from critics and was ranked at the very top of Rolling Stone’s “15 Great Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2015”.

Armies is now a real thing, not merely a side-project or a writing endeavor. With Anna Lombard’s sultry soul perfectly complimenting Gutter’s sometimes growling delivery, the twin lead vocals stand out and present a remarkable counterpoint to the indie-rock anchored band, which includes long-time collaborators Jon Roods (bass) and drummer Tony McNaboe, both of whom have put in their time with Rustic Overtones and Paranoid Social Club. DJ Mike Koharian, aka DJ Elsworth rounds out the mix, adding atmospherics, arranged samples and myriad textures to the sound. Touring the Northeast, the band has been turning heads with its remarkably unique sound and captivating live show. They have supported shows as diverse as Eric Krasno Band and Silver Sun Pickups, and gone over very well with those audiences, demonstrating that this somewhat un-categorizeable band can resonate with virtually any crowd.