Coalescing amidst San Antonio's vibrant poetry scene, The Foreign Arm began to take shape when singer and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Blevins met singer/rapper/poet Andrea Sanderson, better known throughout the city as Vocab, while playing instrumentation behind his roommate's poetry performance downtown. They formed what would become the core of the band, performing multiple shows as a Neo Soul/RnB duo before broadening their sound with the addition of bassist George Garza Jr., drummer Omar Rosel, and Keyboardist Omri Russo.
Out of mutual adoration and an earnest desire to collaborate with each other, five artists of the San Antonio music scene came together. After a couple short months of song writing, they played their first ever gig in the unlikely setting of the BiblioTech, the country’s first all-digital public library. More shows and a desire for a fuller sound saw the addition of two more members; just one last element was needed to describe this powerful fusion of seven individuals that brought poetic ballads, intricately placed harmonies, and symphonic fanfare together. Lead vocalist & guitarist Nicholas Blevins reached into his inner depths and dubbed the ensemble ‘The Foreign Arm’ to describe the constant, collective journey of life, and our status as travelers through it. The Foreign Arm continued as such with the aim of reaching out to transcend spaces in the universal language of music.
The Foreign Arm debuted their full band sound in January 2016 at the Jo Long Theatre in San Antonio, TX, during Dream Week at the Music Unites Concert. Their ethereal music began capturing the attention of audiences who long for soulful nuances laced with feel of good jams from the last century. The band itself has a melting pot of musical influences from pop, indie, rnb, to jazz, neo-soul, and some classical by way of Darian Thomas on violin.
2018 saw some lineup changes for the band with Darian leaving to pursue music studies in New York, and the addition of Omri Russo on keys. The band perform as a quintet, often reaching out to include musicians of various disciplines to feature in live performances.
The Foreign Arm believes in giving back so as they moved further into 2016 they participated in several initiatives for the community at large such as: Earth Dance Awakening Global Peace Party, Hiphop 4 Flint, & Feed SA CAN Benefit Show. They have also fluidly traversed the night scene of San Antonio in venues: 502 Bar, The Ten Eleven, Paper Tiger, and Concrete Jungle, and The Palladium balcony.
The band has had a milestone-packed 2018 so far, having played at the Dreamweek 2018 Mayor’s Ball (and for mayor Ron Nirenberg and his wife personally!) and recorded live at KRTU 91.7 studio, while vocalist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson has garnered the features in publications The Current (including the cover story) and San Antonio magazine for not only her musical talents, but her contribution to poetry and her community as a whole.
Miles Terracina of SobreSound.com praises The Foreign Arm as “San Antonio’s best-kept secret”. The band are currently recording an EP to be released Fall 2018!