‘A joyful thing’: Arrowleaf, New Old Future to play ZACC

ABBY LYNES for the Missoulian

Indie rock, garage pop, pop punk — with a little bit of country — fans, rejoice: local bands Arrowleaf and New Old Future will go on at the ZACC on June 24.

For those who fell in love with both bands’ most recent albums during the dark days of 2020, this show will be a treat. While New Old Future has gotten to play some outdoor, COVID-conscious shows during the pandemic, Arrowleaf has barely gotten to play at all, after releasing an album just a week before the lockdown hit Missoula.

Self-described as indie rock, Arrowleaf has been around since 2016, featuring Sarah Marker on vocals, keys, and trumpet; Amanda Ceaser on vocals and synth, Brady Schwertfeger on bass and vocals, Jake Whitecar on electric guitar, Peter Puczkowskyj on electric guitar, and Jon Filkins on drums. Songwriter Sarah Marker said she is inspired by artists like Neko Case and Carole King — anything from the ‘70s on up.

Arrowleaf’s most recent album, “Getting By” leans into shoegaze, a genre characterized by a blurred distinction between vocals and instruments, as it explores ​​more vocal harmonies, use of a synthesizer and adding texture to its sound, Marker said.

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