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Jay Arner happy to play the pop in Lethbridge with old friends

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Jay Arner will be sharing his love  of ’80s sounding keyboard with Lethbridge, when he comes to Lethbridge, June 18 to share the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage with Pop Crimes and local band Open Channels.

Jay Arner returns to Lethbridge, June  18. Photo submitted
 “We always play with Open Channels,” enthused Arner from Vancouver.

The Mint Records recording artist released his  debut CD as a new single  T.S.A.T.S   (Throwing Shit at the Sun) on a Seven Inch flexi-disc, produced in a limited run of 300 for Record Store Day.

“ Mint Records is always having me do things like that. One day I’d like to record a whole album like that (on a flexi),” he said.

 There is a heavy ’80s influence in his record along the lines of  New Order.
“I don’t listen to a lot of ’80s music, though I really like New Order. But if I had to pick a decade, it would be the ’70s,” he said.

 He noted he a has always  been  interested in old  keyboards.

“It’s a lifelong obsession. I went through a period in high school when me and a friend would always be buying them and selling them. But I trimmed my collection down to two,” he said adding he is touring with a Nord keyboard.

“ It’s made of metal but it’s light and it has all of these pre-sets,” he said adding he doesn’t know what to expect for the Lethbridge show.

“There’s no fat. I’ve never seen my own band play. But we have really short songs, so we play them all quickly, and get out of there and watch all of the other bands,” he said.

“ We’ve only ever played the Owl. We like the Owl Acoustic Lounge a lot. We’ve never had a bad show there. And one of y our friends  has a dog. It was  a puppy last time, so it is probably grown up now and we can’t wait to hang out with him,” he said.

Jay Arner, Pop Crimes and Open Channels play the Owl Acoustic lounge, June 18 at approximately 9 p.m. There is no cover for the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:26 )  
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