ARCADIA (from l-r): Josh Holmes (bass), Jake Ferchal (lead guitar), James Whitehurst (drums), Seb Clarke (vocals/rhythm guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Arcadia (not to be confused with the 1980’s Duran Duran side project) are an indie/alternative four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent.
The outfit has experienced a lot of comings and goings in the two years they have been together, but now with frontman Seb Clarke and bassist Josh Holmes on board, they have some much needed stability.
With this, they seem sure to build on the strong foundations they have already laid with their sublime live performances and latest EP ‘Canopy’, which has received rave reviews and been nominated for a local music award.
I spoke to them just before Christmas, backstage at their gig in Hanley.
How did the band get together initially?
The band initially started in January 2015 under a different name, Jake and James were two of the founding members, and other members have come and gone since, we’ve been together as Arcadia since October 2015.
How did the name Arcadia come about?
We think it was something to do with James, he just suggested it one day and that was that!
How would you describe your sound?
A mishmash of all our different influences, a sort of grungey, upbeat dancing feeling.
What are the band’s musical influences?
Mainly small indie bands around today, such as Peace, JAWS, Sundara Karma and The 1975 to a certain extent. There are also some influences from bigger bands of course, but not as obvious as the others.
What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?
We think the lyrics mainly describe life experiences from the members of the band, whether that be relationships, family issues or just going out and getting leathered!
The band are all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?
Stoke-on-Trent has one of the most up and coming music scenes around, there is everything from indie to heavy metal, rap to country and everything in between, and it’s great to see so much diversity from a small city such as ours.
Your EP ‘Canopy’ came out a few months back. How was it recording it?
Recording ‘Canopy’ was a brilliant experience for all of us and we thoroughly enjoyed it, it was something we would recommend anybody to do, It’s so freeing to get your music recorded and out there for people to hear.
How has the reaction been so far?
The initial reaction blew us away, we couldn’t believe how many people said they liked or loved it, they even asked us when there would be more, it has died down a bit now obviously but we’re still proud of it.
How is it playing live?
Playing live is our favourite thing to do, as we imagine it is for most bands, the feeling you get when people are dancing to your songs and singing your lyrics back to you is almost euphoric, and we’d do it every day if we could.
Anything planned for the near future at all?
Well, we’re currently working on our tour, which will be in mid February, we’re also planning to write new material and gearing up for the Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire next month.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
We’d say the same as any independent local band, to be recognised as a hard working group of musicians and playing our music to thousands.
ARCADIA’S EP, ‘CANOPY’, IS AVAILABLE TO LISTEN TO NOW ON iTunes, SPOTIFY, SOUNDCLOUD AND OTHERS.
ARCADIA WILL BE ALSO BE ON TOUR IN MID FEBRUARY.
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