Along with its title, titanic emo punk compositions, and melodic beauty, Never Before Seen, Never Again Found feels like a defining record of a new generation of emo because of where it’s from: three young people grappling with the brutality, confusion, and deep-rooted family traumas of 21st century life amid the funerals, farm fields, and stripmalls of a rural, small-town Ontario community, with little hope of getting out.
The Canadian four-piece took the scene by storm in 2021 with their EP Everything Nice with raving reviews from Pitchfork, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan and more, as well as touring alongside well-known acts like nothing,nowhere, Knuckle Puck, and most recently, New Found Glory. Never Before Seen, Never Again Found is everything that fans fell in love with about the band but elevated - from the heart wrenching themes present throughout the 11 track endeavor to the nostalgic emo sound.
Arm's Length recently released lead single "Object Permanence". Packed with harmonics that quickly tumble into a scorching melody with vocals to match, "Object Permanence" is the perfect place for Arm's Length to dive into a new era.
"This is one of our darkest and most heavy songs yet," says vocalist Allen Steinberg. "We still sought out to keep all of the melodic aspects, and tried to get better at storytelling in our lyrics. We hope you can resonate with the song in some shape, way or form. Blue beyond belief, baby."
The core of Arm’s Length is Allen Steinberg (vocals/guitar) and brothers Jeremy Whyte (vocals/guitar) and Jeff Whyte (drums), and Benjamin Greenblatt (bass). Steinberg calls the band’s origins “white suburban kid energy”: he and the Whyte brothers went to different high schools, but after meeting Jeremy at a party and agreeing to jam, they discovered a shared (and, in those parts, rare) love for emo and post-hardcore bands like Counterparts, I The Mighty, and The Hotelier. Allen and Jeremy, aged 16, recruited Jeremy’s younger brother Jeff, then just 13, to drum for the pair. By the time Steinberg and Jeremy were graduating from high school, their songs had become more serious.
Never Before Seen, Never Again Found track listing:
- Object Permanence
- Aries (Moth Song)
- Tough Love
- Formative Age
- Muscle Memory
- Playing Mercy
- Everything As I Knew It
- In Loving Memory
- Family And Friends