A gig should be an event. Every show should be something to write home about. Or tweet about. Whatever it is the kids do these days. I don’t know…
Anyway, a every gig should be something else. That’s pretty a romantic approach to music, but I maintain it. Largely because I’m an idealist idiot. That and because there are bands like Arcane Roots.
Arcane Roots understand the importance of a gig. And not just because they dress for the occasion but they’ve written for it as well. The band’s material is incredibly rich melodically and just as intricate and their ability to spin on a dime and switch from sophisticated and sweeping elegance to the kind of riffs that force you to bob your neck like a pigeon on steroids is remarkable.
Hevy 2015 was obviously an event for the band. They were on before The Fall of Troy, a band who obviously influenced the frenetic approach of Arcane Roots, and the entire stage lost power for a devastating few minutes during their set. A set back like that would totally derail a lesser band. If anything, Arcane Roots came back stronger.
Though possibly that’s that romanticism thing coming through again. But it speaks volume about this band’s music that the can trigger that kind of romanticism in someone as fundamentally boring as myself.
All of that aside, the sweet waist coats and great performances aren’t even the best thing about Arcane Roots. It’s that they play music that is obviously true to itself. If you lacked anything other than total conviction in your own music there is no way that you could write music that is simultaneously progressive, poppy and heavy.
A long time ago Biffy Clyro led the charge into the mainstream for contemporary eclectic rock music from the UK. Though that band have left a lot of that behind in their seemingly unstoppable trajectory we should thank them for paving the way for bands as inventive as Arcane Roots. And we should thank Arcane Roots for constantly pushing the boundaries of the music they love without compromise.
And their sweet taste in waist coats. Even Biffy never managed that.