by Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 30 April 2013

North Arm Cove in New South Wales’ Port Stephens region was to be the capital of Australia at one point. It was also the place where Firekites frontman Roderick Smith’s family came to build a holiday house in 1981 – the epicenter of his childhood dreaming. He spent long summers there roaming through the bush, fashioning swords out of driftwood, and using tea towels as capes.

Along with his work with the Spunk label darlings Firekites, a keen pursuit in visual arts, and his impressive career as a director of a law firm, Smith has formed North Arm as a way to pay homage to those early days of endless wonder.

The debut North Arm EP, Thought Lines, launched last week.

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