The fact that Corey Taylor – the lead vocalist of Slipknot – went to see Arcane Roots play, says a lot about this Kingston trio. With sold out shows in London, this band is the one to watch out for in 2012. Nerve’s Rishika Anchal caught up with guitarist and vocalist Andrew Groves for a chat.
How would you describe your style?
Alternative, Melodramatic Popular Song and Rock.
Who are your heroes, then and now?
YOU’RECODENAMEIS:MILO, Jamie Lennon, The Fall of Troy, Biffy Clyro, Mars Volta and KT Tunstall. I would love to do a cover of one of her songs she’s amazing.
Which festivals have you boys played at this summer?
Sonisphere, Hevy Festival and National Action Sports Show (NASS). Not loads were saving it for next year.
Which festivals do you want to play?
A festival in Europe, the experience would be amazing. Latitude and Rockness, which is a strange festival but I had such a good time there.
What’s a normal day like?
Were all sadly one foot on the road and one foot in our jobs, but that’s all changing pretty soon. You need to earn your stripes and it’ll make you appreciate it that much more. Working is a break from the music, so when it comes to music we really want to do it. We all live together, including our manager and have made one of the rooms into a studio where we rehearse and record demos with every spare moment.
Where do you like to socialise?
We’re gigging most of the time and seeing other musicians. But we spend a lot of time at a place called Woody’s in Kingston. It’s on the side of the river Thames, opposite is Hampton Court and you can see the grounds. It’s beautiful, just sitting and watching all the boats go past. The guy who runs it built the place and makes his own furniture. Think bathtubs cut in half and exotic drinks imported.
What’s the song your most proud off?
‘Energy isn’t lost it’s just redirected’, which will be on the new album and is certainly the most obvious choice. We recently experienced a weird chain of events; people we knew were passing away. A song came out of it, lyrically and musically I love it. It’s majestic, more regal, has great classicism and the feeling I get when we play it is magical. It’s the first song on the album, and formed a corner stone so all the other songs came from that “child”. Hands down it’s the best song I’ve ever written.
What does the future hold?
We recently got a publishing deal with Sony, which we are ecstatic about. Touring January, February, March and with the band 22 in November. Then we’re moving to a little house in the middle of nowhere in Ireland to record the album. No one speaks English there, it’s by the beach and its surroundings consist of a pub and a village shop. After we finish there we’ll be back for Christmas and then play some festivals until the end of summer, more gigs and hopefully working on another album.