The Arcs

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The Arcs
The Arcs performing at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio on December 4, 2015
The Arcs performing at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio on December 4, 2015
Background information
Years active2015–present
MembersDan Auerbach
Leon Michels
Nick Movshon
Homer Steinweiss
Past membersRichard Swift

The Arcs are an American garage rock band formed by Dan Auerbach, the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys. The band consists of Auerbach, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and formerly Richard Swift, who died in 2018. They released their debut album Yours, Dreamily, in 2015. Their second album, Electrophonic Chronic, was released in January 2023.


Auerbach announced this side project after performing on the Governors Ball in 2015.[1] The group's first album, Yours, Dreamily, was released on September 4, 2015.[1] Members include Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Richard Swift, along with contributions from Kenny Vaughan[1] and Flor de Toloache.[2] The Arcs performed at the 2016 Coachella Festival along with Wayhome and Osheaga.[3] Swift died in July 2018.[4]

A second album was first announced by the band while touring in 2015 but failed to materialize.[5] On October 13, 2022, the band announced their second studio album, Electrophonic Chronic, which was released on January 27, 2023, through Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label. The announcement coincided the release of the album's lead single, "Keep on Dreamin'". The album features the band's full original lineup, including Swift. It was recorded primarily before Swift's death, at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, and Michels' Diamond Mine studio in Queens, New York. It was co-produced by Auerbach and Michels. In the album's press release, Auerbach said, "This new record is all about honoring Swift. It's a way for us to say goodbye to him, by revisiting him playing and laughing, singing. It was heavy at times, but I think it was really helpful to do it."[6]


Current members

Former members

  • Richard Swift – drums, percussion, keyboards, drum pads, backing vocals (2015–2018; his death)




List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
Yours, Dreamily, 27 40
Electrophonic Chronic


Year Title Label
2015 The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I Nonesuch Records


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2015 "Stay in My Corner / Tomato Can"
"Outta My Mind / My Mind"
"Put a Flower in Your Pocket"
2016 "Lake Superior" Non-album single
2022 "Keep on Dreamin'"
Electrophonic Chronic
"Heaven Is A Place"
"Eyez" 13

Music videos[edit]

  • Outta My Mind
  • Put a Flower in Your Pocket
  • Keep on Dreamin'


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  2. ^ "Styker Interviews Dan Auerbach & Richard Swift from The Arcs". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  3. ^ "Coachella". Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ Blais-Billie, Braudie (July 3, 2018). "Richard Swift Dead at 41". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  5. ^ "Dan Auerbach Says The Arcs Are 'Really Close' to Wrapping Second Album As Black Friday EP Drops". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  6. ^ Bloom, Madison (October 13, 2022). "The Arcs Announce First Album in 8 Years, Share Video for New Song: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Arcs - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "ARCS | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  9. ^ Renner Brown, Eric (June 9, 2015). "Black Keys' Dan Auerbach details The Arcs' debut 'Yours, Dreamily'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Geiger, Amy (October 13, 2022). "The Arcs (Dan Auerbach) announce new album 'Electrophonic Chronic' (new song & exclusive vinyl)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  11. ^ "Adult Alternative Airplay: Week of March 11, 2023". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2023.