These Arms Are Snakes unveil “Riding the Grape Dragon (Demo)”

As they prepare for the release of their career-spanning, double LP release Duct Tape & Shivering Crows, out on April 15 via Suicide Squeeze, legendary post-hardcore group These Arms Are Snakes have unveiled a music video for “Riding the Grape Dragon (Demo)” and have also announced U.S. tour dates.

Originally appearing on the These Arms Are Snakes demo in 2003, “Riding the Grape Dragon (Demo)” resurfaces today alongside a new music video directed by Documavision. Of the single, TAAS bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brian Cook comments: “We recorded our first four songs with Ben Verellen in his basement studio in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, WA sometime in late 2002 / early 2003. I remember very little of the session other than sleeping beneath the mixing console after a late night of drinking. The four songs were burned onto CD and mailed to every record label we liked. ‘Riding the Grape Dragon’ was the first song our unexpecting recipients would hear, and it was apparently a strong enough song for people to listen to the entire CD and respond to our unsolicited demos. We got a phone call from Jade Tree just a few days after we dropped our demo in the mail… which was surprising given that we’d forgotten to include any contact info in the package. Fortunately, there were enough mutual friends between us and the label that they were able to track us down, and later in the year we’d re-record the four demo songs plus ‘Drinking From The Necks Of The Ones You Love’ for the This Is Meant To Hurt You EP.

Listen to “Riding the Grape Dragon (Demo)” and watch the video for it below:

See These Arms Are Snakes live this summer; tickets go on sale on April 1st:
June 15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
June 16 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
June 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
July 7 Oakland, CA @ Crybaby
July 8 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Photo credit: Robin Laananen
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