Formed in 2004 by sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez, Arizona's Eyes Set to Kill set out to create their own take on the screamo genre.
To fill out the lineup, vocalist and guitarist Alexia Rodriguez and bassist Anissa Rodriguez recruited vocalist and synth player Brandon Anderson, guitarist Greg Kerwin, and drummer Caleb Clifton. The group combines the driving emotion of Thursday and Thrice with technical hardcore reminiscent of Walls of Jericho and Poison the Well. The result is a fusion of the heavy and the melodic, with Alexia Rodriguez's vocals soaring high over the thunder of chugging guitars and Anderson's tortured screaming, creating a sound that expands the boundaries of the genre, moving away from the screamo blueprint. The year 2006 was a busy one, with the group self-releasing the EP When the Silence Is Broken the Night Is Torn as well as playing dates on the Vans Warped Tour. In 2008 the band released its full-length debut, Reach, on Breaksilence Records, and set out on a nationwide tour in support of Otep. The group’s third studio outing, Broken Frames, arrived in 2010, followed by White Lotus in 2011. ~ Gregory Heaney