10 for 2014: #6 – Arcane Roots

By on Friday, 6th December 2013 at 11:00 am

A band who started out gigging and recording in 2007 are probably seen as a strange addition to a list of the bands whose sounds will sculpt your 2014. But 2014 will be the year in which everybody and anybody has their heads turned by this Kingston Upon Thames three-piece.

Arcane Roots screamed their way in to my attention with their cover of Nirvana’s anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, which provoked a mixed reaction from the twitter/blogosphere: a spread of opinions that ranged from utter revulsion in the way only commenters on a YouTube video can (Joe Jordano says, “Nice way to make a hit into the worst song I ever heard, the lead singer should consider taking some shotgun mouthwash. NIRVANA RULES, THIS SUCKS!!!”, to some people commenting that they felt it was a great take on an original classic. Covering a classic song, by a band with a cult following like Nirvana is always going to bring you in for criticism, but being ballsy and having a bit of flair while doing it is a definite way of getting in my good books.


It’s that spirit of adventure, of innovation which reminds me (WARNING: inevitable comparison because the bands are mates and the lead singer looks a bit like Simon Neil, oh, and they sound similar) of Biffy Clyro, in their ‘Blackened Sky’, ‘The Vertigo of Bliss’ and ‘Infinity Land’ eras. Songs like ‘Energy Is Never Lost, Just Redirected’ and ‘Million Dollar Question’ would fit nicely in any of these records, whilst the anthemic choral hooks of ‘You Are’ and ‘Slow’ wouldn’t be amiss in ‘Puzzle’, ‘Only Revolutions’ and ‘Opposites’. However, it should be noted that Arcane Roots err on the heavier side of the post than the bonny Scots, bringing a more fret-wobbling sound then Biffy.

With tour support slots with Biffy Clyro and Muse, their obvious potential has been seen. 2014 will be a year of consolidation after the release of ‘Blood And Chemistry’ in 2013, but with a relentless work ethic and a live set which brings a mound of carnage in their wake, they most certainly will be one of THE rock bands to watch in 2014.

Tags: , ,

One Response

11:01 am
6th December 2013

10 for 2014: #6 – Arcane Roots @ArcaneRoots are ready to shred your face off and come roaring down your throat..: http://t.co/nLV3dvo1iP

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF was edited by Mary Chang, based in Washington, DC.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us

Privacy Policy

Keep TGTF online for years to come!
Donate here.