Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW -Arcadian Haze

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released: 

Love on the Dole is a story of a complicated one night stand whilst painting a picture of life on a council estate in Barnsley. It’s a slick groovy number with an anthemic explosive chorus. It’s the lead track from our ‘Love on the Dole’ EP

Your first single and how you felt when it was released: 

This is actually our first single. It’s a great feeling to know we’ve got some real quality music out there at last. But I would say our buzz was hampered a fair bit, because of Covid, not only because we didn’t get the chance to  celebrate together very much, but also, probably more crucially, we couldn’t really back up the release with any live shows. So, in truth, it was bitter-sweet. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

Reincarnate is the final track from this EP, it’s a passionate description of the current climate in which northern working-class young people live… and the ever present dream of getting away from it. 

Your favourite song to play live: 

Blue Eyes is a staple of our live set and a solid choice with its upbeat and uplifting vibe it’s always a good buzz to play. Love on the Dole is one we absolutely love playing now, even though it’s been performed to an audience just once, we’re positive it will become a live favourite as soon as we can resume gigging. 

Your most emotional track: 

One of the latest songs we wrote last year between lockdown is Happy. It portrays the aftermath of a relationship breakdown from a rather unique dual perspective.

The best lyric you have ever written:

“Up North this is how we roll, we used to dig coal but now we dig K holes.”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show: 

The anticipation of playing live is such an amazing feeling; the adrenaline build and subsequent release of energy. We always aim to lay down the good vibes and enjoy what we do to the highest degree. 

The hardest track to play live:

Never really considered that, I suppose it would be Evasive as it’s quite intense and uptempo especially for the drums and guitars. We don’t make life too difficult for ourselves with overcomplicated moves and try to remain fluid. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

We’ve not yet had the pleasure to do a tour as we’re pretty new on the block. I imagine a deck of cards and some paracetamol would be sufficient. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Loud, proud and rowdy. 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written: 

Ghost Town by The Specials, so original and unique. 

What we can look forward to from your band this year: 

Another EP is in the pipeline, within our current plans it will include both Happy and Blue Eyes which I already mentioned. A new website will be up and running soon which we’re hoping to use as a central hub for everything to do with the band, more merchandise, photos, reviews, tickets etc. I’d like to say we’ll be out performing to actual people at some point this year but we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out. Until then, take care. 

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