Arcane Roots (Live) - Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton

Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton, England
28/04/2015

On 21st April, London's very own, high energy experimental rock band, and one of the most exciting bands on the UK scene at the moment, Arcane Roots, set off on a tour of over 30 dates across the UK and Europe with support coming from Gallery Circus, Black Peaks and A Solemn Sun.

We were lucky enough to attend the Brighton date of the tour at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar on April 29th, supported by Black Peaks and Gallery Circus. From the moment we arrived the the moment we left the atmosphere in the venue was incredible for such a show and it is safe to say the night was a fine example of exactly how far the UK's music scene is doing at the moment.

Kicking off the night was Newcastle duo, Gallery Circus. Immediately, we couldn't help but compare them to Royal Blood. And it's not just because there is only two of them either. Their sound, although being unique and different, heavily reminded us of Royal Blood as well as Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age. In fact, we are fairly certain is all three had a love affair, Gallery Circus would be the result. We can't say it's a bad thing, for a relatively new band on the scene Gallery Circus really knew how to perform, and we expect to see their name on some big tours at some point in the near future.

It was a home town show for the next band, Black Peaks, and as they stated later on in their set, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar was where they played their first ever show two years ago, so it must have been incredible for them to come back and play to such a vast and enthusiastic crowd. Having briefly seen and listened to Black Peaks previously, we were excited to them in full action, and in no way were we let down. Everything from their strategically placed, lively vocals to their stage presence was incredible. There is absolutely no doubt about it that in a few years time, these guys are going to be inescapable, they are going to be everywhere. To give you a rough idea of what they sounded like, imagine Enter Shikari without the electrical elements fused with Zoax. So as you can see, there is no other word to describe Black Peaks' overall sound other than BIG. Intrigued? You should be. Our favourite's are Glass Built Castles and Say You Will. Go and check them out, if you are a fan up Arcane Roots you will not regret it.

Having been Arcane Root fans ourselves for several years, and having seen them numerous times under various different circumstances, we can honestly not express enough how amazing it was to witness them playing to an almost sold out room, packed to the brim of people chanting their lyrics back at them. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a band you have followed for years, ever since they first started out, and just thinking to yourself “I am so glad they have finally begun to make it, they really deserve this”.

Arcane Roots played a satisfying assortment of songs, including older ones such as Slow and Resolve, but also songs from the forthcoming album like Over and Over, and they even threw us a couple of brand new songs we had never heard before. There was one new song where Frontman, Adam, explained to the audience how important we were and thanked us all for supporting them, then he went on to explain how this song was dedicated to us. And it is so true. Go out and discover newer, UK bands you like, go to their shows and support them in general. Without us the scene would be nothing, so in order for other bands like Arcane Roots to get the recognition they deserve, we need to be part of it!

We at Mute Print left the show, with Arcane Roots stuck in our heads and smilies upon our faces in excitement of the new album that will be coming out later in the year.