Arc and Sender play dark, contemplative, math rock that heaves through atmospheric passages punctuated by huge riffs. The format of drums, bass, and baritone guitar is accompanied on a few tracks by violin and saxophone for extra spiciness. The compositions are sprawling. I usually prefer the songwriting to be a little tighter, but in this case everything is so heavy that too many changes might sound strange.
This band is relatively unknown, at least as far as I can tell. They started off as a studio project, released an album, played a few shows, then faded from existence. For such a short band lifetime, the quality of the product is excellent. We were super lucky to play with them at a DIY joint in Baltimore in 2008. They slayed. I believe that this was their final show.
Check out "WWJLD" (What Would Jesus Lizard Do) on their Myspace, then download their self-titled debut album here:
Arc and Sender - S/T (2005)