Wild Arrows began in earnest when drummer Shiori Takenoshita, a native of Japan, joined Mike Law to work on a full length record in July of 2012. Previously Law had self recorded an EP at his Brooklyn studio the year prior but was looking to make Wild Arrows a real collaborative touring band. A full length album was quickly put together and was about to be finalized when Law’s studio, Translator Audio was completely erased by Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in gear and build-out was lost by him and his partners, along with the tapes and hard drives for the album, everything gone in a twelve hour tide.
Rather than try to recreate the lost songs Mike and Shiori set out to write a totally new album with a laser like focus of vision. Faced with the immediate problem of having no instruments, money to record, or even a place to play, band practices became discussions of how they wanted the songs to sound and what the ideas of the songs were rather than simply developing riffs, rhythms, melodies and chords. Months later when instruments were finally borrowed or bought recording began almost immediately. Set up in a practice space in Brooklyn tracking stretched over nine months of waiting for other bands to go home at night so it would become quiet enough to use the make shift studio. This vampire-like schedule was fraught with limitations of sound and spontaneity that could only be overcome by patience and work… then more work and less sleep. Even so, some limitations forced creative solutions, you will hear no bass guitar on the album since the band wasn’t able to buy a bass (though the aforementioned weekly band practices/discussions had planned for that in advance anyway.)
Finally satisfied with their catalog the band chose to mix 9 of the 16 songs they tracked to release for its first full length.