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The Blue & Gray Press | April 22, 2018

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Save the Arcadian takes downtown

AERIEL MERILLAT

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The local band held their EP release show Friday night at Horseshoes & Hand Grenades in downtown Fredericksburg. The show was free and welcome to all. Normally a vintage boutique, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades transformed into an inspirational venue for the band that provided them with a spot-on indie backdrop for the night.

The set list included fan favorites such as “Liar!” and “Dance Floor,” as well as several new songs. The band released their EP, titled “That Bright Tide,” earlier last week.

This is the band’s second album, after the release of their debut, “How’d They Get Up There?” last April. The EP consists of five new songs by the band that keeps in trend with their folk-pop style.

The five songs, including the single “Bayside,” stay true to the band’s indie folk roots while proving to be more refined and sophisticated than their earlier music.

The two part song “At the End Part 1” and “At the End Part 2” are slower and more serious than the group’s tunes. Nonetheless, the audience responded enthusiastically and, if not for a potential fire hazard, would likely have started to wave their lighters to the music.

“Save the Arcadian was a great way to end my busy week and start my Friday night. I had no idea Horseshoes & Hand Grenades could hold so many people,” said senior education and environmental science double major Katy Chase.

As usual, the band members brought charm and charisma to the show, wooing the audience with their sweet vocals and playful sounds. Many audience members even felt inspired, and began dancing to the pleasing songs.

“I enjoyed their new songs and, from the energy in the room, could tell everyone else did too,” said Emily Hanson, a sophomore political science major.

The crowd consisted of a variety of people, which included many students from the University of Mary Washington. Save the Arcadian is no stranger to the UMW audience, as the band developed a loyal fan base from previous shows on campus.

The band members, consisting of Will McCarry, Sam Rodgers, Russell Michelson, Lavar Edmonds, Bryan Chase and Lonnie Southall, are all current students or recent graduates at UMW.

Save the Arcadian was a big hit with the audience on Friday night, and the band continued with an unplanned encore at the end of the show that proved their EP release show to be a success.

The band is performing again alongside Liz and the Lost Boys and My Son Bison on Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m. in the Underground.