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Arcane Roots Bring New Sound To Sage Gateshead

Posted on 20 February 2018

Progressive rock trio Arcane Roots begin their 2018 UK tour on February 27 at Sage Gateshead.

And lead singer Andrew Groves has been talking on Sage Gateshead’s new podcast ‘Backstage’ about developing a new sound – a big leap from the hardcore alternative rock they are best known for.

Their new album ‘Melancholia Hymns’ draws on the band’s influences from the worlds of electronica, jazz and world music.

Andrew said: “We’ve tried to raise a flag to show there’s more under the bonnet. We reached a place where we were comfortable in ourselves and what we wanted to do, so we embarked on a kind of unlearning process, trying to dispel any patterns, habits we had.

“It was like learning a new language and re-establishing how we communicate with each other and write music, not censoring anything and focusing it down to the best eventuality.

“We wanted to be more imaginative and take the time to stand back and really try and trust in the idea of it just being good.”

The band has just completed a sold out set of local shows and were a preview highlight of this year’s Eurosonic Festival.

Arcane Roots, Bush Hall, gig review

Their debut album Blood and Chemistry propelled them to sharing stages with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Muse and onto bills at huge festivals like Download and Sonisphere. The band were also involved in last year’s Radio 1 Rocks live event. This followed them securing two Radio 1 Annie Mac ‘Hottest Records’ in a row and being featured as part of Huw Stevens’ Album Time.

Arcane Roots perform in the intimate setting of Sage Gateshead’s Sage Two hall on Tuesday, February 27. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £14.20.

Listen to the full podcast interview

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