Hot Takes: Getting to know Arcaeon

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Q1 – Who is in your band?

Rhys Thomas – Guitar and Electronics

Stuart Sarre – Vocals and Cranium

Eifion Sweet – Bass and Beer

Joe Farrel – Drums

Sam Machin – Guitar and attempted vocals

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

Winging it, trying to make music that we like the sound of, which usually involves writing in weird time signatures unintentionally, throwing everything into the synths and hoping it sticks, writing impossible bass parts and relying on Joe to write drums that groove in the room. It’s taking the songs away from the computer and saying “yes and no” together in a live room that really helps. Oh and there is the sound of a hyperactive bald man trying to hit his peak range, along with about a million harmonies and occasionally him being rather cross.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

Ezekiel’s Wheel’ – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. You have to treat it with respect, and in turn it will respect you back. It’s also one of the songs that is the furthest away from the “Budget Periphery” tag the media keeps giving us, so that helps.

Q4 – What is the plan for 2021?

Struggle endlessly, flailing like an infant peak tantrum whilst trying to book any shows at all, and then massively appreciate any person that shows an ounce of interest in what we do. I mean that – if you are reading this and you have contributed, you are both crazy, and awesome.

Q5 – What is the one song you wish you wrote?

Intervals – ‘Tapestry’. It’s just a really well-written piece of instrumental metal, great pacing, wonderful arrangement, just anything off of that EP is masterful.

Q6 – What three bands inspired or continue to inspire you the most?

Sikth – who you should know and if you don’t I can’t write in words why this band are one of the most important bands in progressive metal history.

Viatrophy – bittersweet progressive death metal who sadly are not around anymore. Their self-titled release is something I still listen to in full to remind myself of what I’ll never be.

Dream Theater – ‘Images and Words’ was my introduction to progressive metal as a teenager, I love all of JPs playing in newer material, but there was this tasteful fusion of influences in his guitar playing on this record that resonates with me to this day.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

You can buy a CD if you fancy a blast from the past – when owning a band’s physical release and having it there in your hands was a thing. Hey, you never know, you might actually listen to more than a couple of songs before scrolling through even more of the same sounding bands if you buy one!
I’m a terrible salesman. All the usual streaming outlets of course, and when we do play live again, we’ll definitely look forward to playing in Manchester, Reading and in due time the UK Tech Metal Festival, which we are privileged to have here.

Q8 – If your band was an animal, what would it be and why?

Duck Billed Platypus – It’s weird, it’s a combination of things, its easily mistaken for something else and it shouldn’t work but it does.

Elizabeth Birt

March 5, 2021

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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