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Arsenal 88 is a melodic rock band from Miami, Florida. The band emerged from former members of bands that have strongly influenced the south Florida music scene for over a decade. Long before they knew they wanted to make music together each member dedicated multiple years to their bands. Andres Aguero sang for the melodic punk outfit Foolproof , Klaus Ketelhöhn played guitar for the nationally recognized The Agency, Rob Vespe played bass for the punk driven Going Nowhere, Jim Miller played drums for the instrumental rock elite Vidavox and Alejandro Salazar played guitar for dance rock’s own Outereach.
In the spring of 2009 Klaus and Andres began writing songs about life’s highs and lows. They did not limit themselves to a specific genre of music but established that melody would be the main focus for the band. They recruited the rest of the band based on the diversity of their musical backgrounds and began practicing. During the summer of 2009, Arsenal 88 recorded a two-song demo featuring the tracks “Open Wound” and “Rocky” in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike Marsh, former drummer of The Agency and current drummer of Dashboard Confessional engineered and produced the recording. Arsenal 88 has been playing riveting shows in local Miami venues like Grand Central, Transit Lounge, and Churchill’s Pub while also reaching their fans throughout Florida. They are currently writing songs for their debut album expected to be released by the end of 2011.