Indie rock from Arms Like Roses, Evelyn Gray Thurs., Sept. 2

Arms Like Roses plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., Sept. 2. The show starts at 5:30 PM with a set by Evelyn Gray.

Arms Like Roses is an outfit that sprung up out of Connecticut’s DIY scene taking a true punk approach by self-recording demos, making their own merch by hand, playing any basement or bar they could, and placing a strong emphasis on charity and meaningful activism. With a sound rooted in the late 90s/early 00s second-wave emo scene akin to acts like Rainer Maria, Mineral, and Benton Falls, the band add a unique modern edge and youthful energy to the style that makes them fit right in alongside current punk and alternative rock acts like Mannequin Pussy and Hop Along.

After existing for a couple years (and a pandemic that caused endless delays to their progress), the band’s hard work is finally on display with their debut EP “Get Some Sleep”, and they plan to take things to the next level with a larger-budget LP to be recorded in the summer of 2021.

Evelyn Gray spent 25 years living someone else’s life. Now, she’s making up for lost time.

With an uncanny sense of gratefulness, Evelyn Gray weaves together the emotional history of her first year transitioning. Her debut album, “Let the Flower Grow,” explores vulnerability, visibility, authenticity, and self-acceptance. Her work on the Self through music has dispelled the feeling of being misplaced, of wondering why she was alive and what she was doing here – “here” being not just on this planet, but in this body. Her music provides a calmness and encourages space to be held for those needing to feel seen, heard, and accepted. Speaking on her live sound, the New Haven Independent shares:

“Each song began tenderly, inviting you to come in and be comforted, reassuring you that you were safe and understood, and then allowing you to release whatever ailed you as [she] brought each song to it’s climax, guitar swung back, hands raised with voice and spirit elevated. The crowd was held captive.”

Gray’s visibility work is not just for her sake, but for her community at large (or, as she puts it, “for anyone who has ever been made to feel like there was something wrong with them”). For all those who are still afraid to be themselves, for anyone who feels like they don’t have a voice, for anyone searching for representation, Gray is here to speak up. “Let the Flower Grow” is a message that you are seen, you are valid, and you are enough.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.