Arcane Roots

Interview: Arcane Roots

We first learned of Kingston’s new hardcore heroes Arcane Roots last November at a Tellison show in Camden, when a Killing Moon buddy had a damn-near fit explaining exactly how brilliant these dudes were. The buddy was not wrong, and after hearing the bands’  metalled-up At The Drive In-esque and anthemic-yet-weird-time-signatured guitar driven erruptions on record we were well and truly hooked. The boys played a most triumphant show a week ago in the durrrrrrrrty South’s Scream Lounge and are now gearing up for their biggest London to date at the Islington Academy on 17th February ahead of a single release on the 21st February. We’ll be down in all our emotive rock glory. In the meantime, we caught up with Arcane’s Andrew Groves, who most kindly answered our shit. Check it:

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

We’re a three-piece from Kingston that play intelligent rock with passion and energy. We wanted to bridge that gap between pop and rock but make it something exciting and respectable that challenges what can work on a pop format as well as what can be done with melody and songwriting.

Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

Flux by the band 22.

A little-known Norweigan band, which we found through Owen Brinley of the Grammatics. Easily the most exciting band we’ve heard in many years. Intelligent and creative pop and rock influences, massive riffs with passionate songs. It’s great to see a band trying to become more than one dimensional and branching out to make their music an all encompassing experience.


Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

There are so few bands that really excite us live these days, with the dissolution of Blakfish, The Fall Of Troy and Colour it’s slim pickings. We got to play with Tangled Hair (Alan Welsh & Trood from Colour) the other day who were really great and we’re going to see Shapes and Hymns (Sam Manville from Blakfish) in February so we live in hope.

If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

After much discussion and many candidates , we decided that we wanted the moon to really have a potent effect rather than be neglected or ignored as pubescent antics and so with a flip between Cliff Richard or Donny Osmond, Donny was the chosen moonee. We are aiming for  subtle disgust with our moon. Hopefully with a small recoil on sight, just initially upsetting his day but with a kind of brooding intensity, escalting into sharing it with a friend or relative, and by the end of the day full on disgust with possible dream entry.

[Interestingly, Andrew, you’ve reminded us that we’ve forgotten to buy the 2011 annual Cliff Richard Calendar. It’s amazing. We could quite happily moon that shit all day]

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

Pale Septembre by Camille – From her amazing album Le Fil. Even though it’s sacrilege to not hear the album in full.

Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Dark Side Of The Moon hands down, the closest thing to magic on record.


Arcane Roots release new single “Left Fire” on 21st February.

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