Like Us On Facebook

Upcoming Shows

22September
23September
FREE
24September
29September
FREE
30September
Coming Soon

The Arc Riders Album

The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  1. Illawarra Train // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  2. Jessica // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  3. Rattle Snake Shake // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  4. Jealousy // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  5. Looking For Somebody // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  6. Moonchild // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  7. Immigration // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  8. LTP // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  9. Western Plains // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  10. Towers // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  11. Time Poor // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
Sign up to our mailing list

Welcome To The Arc Riders

The Arc Riders CD is a very personal project by one of the stalwarts of the Sydney blues scene for more than 25 years, the indomitable Tony Cini, backed by power-blues trio Jan Rynsaardt, Ryan Van Gennip and Jon Howell from Chase The Sun and special guests, organist Lachy Doley, Cass Eager and Cameron James Henderson. It’s a natural fit, particularly between Cini and guitarist Jan Rynsaardt, their relationship spanning some 20 years, Cini managing the then teenager’s first band.

Best known around town as the frontman for the Ginhouse Bluesband, the past nine years or so have seen Cini championing the broader Australian blues-rock community through his series of Blues Explosion compilation CDs and live events. Yet for all this activity, The Arc Riders is his debut album, and while it’s essentially, as you’d expect with that sort of pedigree, a blues-rock album, he throws in a few more up tempo numbers to showcase his hard rock side. The best of these, Illawarra Train, mixes his love of Texas boogie blues with a bit of incisive social observations, while Rattlesnake Shake keeps things simple but ballsy, Moonchild tips its hat to Led Zeppelin and the spoken-word observation on war, Towers, cites Sabbath.

In contrast, there’s a quiet, heartfelt compassion to Jessica and several of the slower numbers show an unadorned depth of emotion that testifies to the deeply personal nature of the project and Cini’s lyrical style.

Proud of his Maltese heritage, he’s even prouder of his father’s decision to bring the family to Australia when he was just three years old, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a bit of fun in a Cream “Mother’s Lament” kind of way in the throwaway final track sure to annoy the purists. But then, Cini has always cut his own path within the blues community and he’s not about to change now. So why not sing about being a cowboy over an acoustic blues riff? It’s all part of the journey for a kid who grew up on a diet of Saturday afternoon television Westerns.

You’re welcome to saddle up and join him for the ride.

Michael Smith, Music Journalist

Latest News

/
Stay up to date with The Arc Riders
04 January 2016

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE

We’re proud of our brand spankin’ new site! Take a look around and check out our upcoming shows, photos and videos, read about the band and even grab a copy of our CD! Feel free to get in touch, too!
24 December 2015

40 YEARS FOR A DEBUT ALBUM

After 48 years, Tony Cini has finally released his debut album, ‘The Arc Riders’. The album can now be purchased through our site’s online store.
Illawarra Train // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album
  1. Illawarra Train // The Arc Riders self-titled debut album