The Arsonists is a band that came together in 2012 with the intention of creating the most burning music in the universe. It all began when four friends from Seattle, WA (bassist Mat Muntz, drummer Max Holmberg, pianist Julian Garvue, and tenor saxophonist Xavier Del Castillo) collided with alto saxophonist Patrick Bartley from Fort Lauderdale, FL. A deep connection within the newly founded quintet was immediately apparent. As students in various jazz conservatory programs on the East Coast, The Arsonists became keenly aware of the sad state of soulless sardonicism plaguing music in the 21st century. The band set off on a musical crusade to reintroduce authentic spirit and ecstatic transcendence into their artistic community. This cause is aided by an eclectic mix of sounds and styles: from neo-Caribbean dancehall beats and pseudo-Eurasian melodic exotica to passionate post-jazz wailing and down-home funk-metal grooves. The unified sound emerging from these disparate influences is at once idiosyncratic and organic, and above all extremely powerful. Members of the band have been featured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Chainsmokers, numerous jazz festivals around the world, and in both Earshot and Downbeat magazine.
"I saw the Arsonists at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco in 2015. It was a FANTASTIC concert! The band plays with a combination of jazz sophistication, intense energy, and laser-tight pulse that kept my friend and I on our feet and dancing for the entire 90-minute set. It feels great and sounds great! An Arsonists concert is a high-energy experience unlike anything else you've heard before. Highly recommended!" -Andrew Kennard