Andrew Robert Palmer (ARP! For short), is an indie-rock/folk singer-songwriter from Chicago. Originally from South suburban Hazel Crest, Andrew is truly a homegrown artist whose songwriting draws inspiration from the hyper-local to address universal themes.
Andrew began playing the drums at age 15, and writing his own songs by the age of 16. His first foray into the Chicago DIY music scene was with his indie-pop-inspired band, The Mother Z’s, which was comprised of Andrew banging catchy tunes out on his acoustic guitar and his sister, Rebecca on drums (think a cutsie version of the White Stripes).
As The Mother Z’s ended in 2014, Andrew’s songwriting continued to develop and he soon began booking and playing his own shows around Chicago. Having released “an extensive collection of work since 2015’s Ghosts and Bees (A Retrospective)” Andrew has grown to become a “local DIY stalwart” and “one of the scene’s most prolific solo artists” (Chicago Crowd Surfer).
Andrew characterizes his upbeat folk-rock tunes with a sense of humor a la Ben Folds, while toggling through his other influences, from Elliott Smith-like poignancy and Jonathan Richman-style whimsy. He even occasionally shows off his pop-punk influence. He's kind of like a pop-punk James Taylor or something...
ARP! shows, whether solo/acoustic or with his full band, The Nice Boys, are sure to come with lots of energy, jokes, sing/clap-alongs and charm.