What is the idea behind the name Armo?
The word comes from an auto-corrected text where I tried to type Amayo, the name of our lead singer. We played around with other names but kept coming back to Armo, as it sounded the most like the music.
Can you tell me how this project came about and the connection with Antibalas?
Armo had its first performance in the Winter of 2017 as part of the "Why Jewish?" series at NuBlu, produced by Relix Magazine Editor, Mike Greenhaus. The connection to Antibalas is that every member of Armo has played with Antibalas, including Amayo and Jordan who are founding members. Marcus Farrar has been with the band as a percussionist and vocalist for 15 years; Kevin Raczka has been the full time Antibalas drummer for 3 years; Nikhil P. Yerawadekar played guitar and bass with the band for over 7 years, and Justin Kimmel has been the go-to bass player for much of the last year.