After accumulating more than half a billion streams worldwide, acclaimed alt/electronic trio A R I Z O N A have returned with new music, a double single with songs “Summer Days” and “Freaking Out.”
The two-song release includes the upbeat dance pop record “Summer Days” and a vibey, alternative leaning “Freaking Out.” Both songs were written and produced by the trio and arrive just ahead their special guest support slot on Panic! At The Disco’s upcoming arena tour, which kicks off July 11th and hits NYC on July 24th at Madison Square Garden and LA on August 15th at Staples Center.
“We thought to ourselves, ‘If the alt-eighties happened today, what would it feel like?’,” recalls guitarist Nate Esquite. “We’re tapping into a special version of that era via modern production and our own personal approach.”
The first single “Summer Days” supports this statement. Glitch-y percussion gives way to heavenly synth tones, house music sheen, and a hummable guitar solo as Zach’s charismatic delivery transfixes on the hypnotic hook, “make the cold nights feel like summer days.” It comes to life somewhere between The Police and “Uptown Girl”, in it’s concept.
“Instead of writing from a first-person experience, I adopted a third-person perspective,” Zach explains. “Essentially it’s about a girl that lives a bougie lifestyle, goes on holiday abroad, lives somewhere nice, etc. Low key though, she really just wants to go downtown to get away from it all to dance, and have a good time.”
The follow-up “Freaking Out” hinges on spacey guitar that swings from calm verses into a combustible chorus chant.
“It’s self-explanatory,” he elaborates. “‘Freaking Out’ was born out of the experience of coming back off tour. We were home, but had only half the time to get double the amount of work done as last year. We had to finish an album, prepare for an arena tour, and keep everybody engaged. It’s a universal concept. It’s our song for people suffering with anxiety, or depression, or mental illness. When we create, we want to connect with everyone, but sometimes we really like to raise awareness around certain elements of the human experience that get grossly overlooked. It should serve as a reminder to people that they’re not alone in the hardships they endure.”
A R I Z O N A is currently performing at summer music festivals nationwide, most recently hitting Bunbury and Bonnaroo. They’ll bring their energetic live set to Lollapalooza for a second year in a row, this time with an exciting upgrade to the mainstage on Saturday, August 4th.