Thursday, May 31, 2007
Sans Arc formed in late 2001 when band founder CMC merged several different musical projects into one new project that combined the styles and elements of each previously separate entity. The name of the band was taken from the name of a sub-tribe of Sioux Native Americans, although no explanation in particular has been given as to this name choice. About a year after the band's founding, a full-length album was completed: Selections for Spacefarers. The album contained 9 tracks of instrumental trip-hop, and was recorded entirely in CMC's home studio. Most of the tracks contained programmed drums, a few layers of synthesizers and some occasional electric guitar. Following that album, Sans Arc changed directions somewhat. Utilizing more guitars, adding vocals, making the beats less trip-hop oriented, and enhancing background atmospherics, Sans Arc released the second discA Remote View in April of 2003. The concept album Irradiate was self-releases in August of 2003, based on a science fiction story that was to be told over the span of five stars. Following the self-release of Irradiate, Sans Arc was signed to Southern California based indie record label The Gaia Project. The first release through that label was a compilation album called Ghostlike, which included the song Ghostlike (a single from Irradiate), four unreleased tracks that were recorded during the Irradiate sessions, and five of the six tracks from the A Remote View EP. A month later, a remastered version of Irradiate was re-issued by The Gaia Project. Immediately following the remastering of Irradiate, Sans Arc started work on the planned second album of the five album series, which was to be called Tomorrow We Burn. After recording several full songs and portions of many others, the album was scrapped due to technical issues. In November of 2005, Sans Arc completed work on an album which was to be called dear new spark, your light is everywhere. It was never released, again due to technical issues. In March 2007, Sans Arc saw the release of when eye meets eye. This full length album is to be the swan song for Sans Arc. Sans Arc has also contributed guitar work to Shelflife's album we all look beautiful as well as providing remix work on the Glider single over the ocean.