After coming into contact with this band I made sure to immediately have a gander over to their Blue Prints EP to see what they were made of. The first track that came on was their track ‘Electirc Thumb’ and wow! It was like Kate Bush meets alt rock with grungey undertones, it was gritty and raw whilst still being elegant and gentle and it was bloody awesome! The guitar progressions were clear, entrancing and had me gripped with their gorgeous tones. The vocals showcased an immensely impressive falsetto that mixed beautifully with the almost paradoxical sound. The drums and bass accompanied it brilliantly playing very well written, anthemic style sequences that just elevated the sound further and further. I don’t think in all my time on the site have I heard a female fronted band hit me with that much impact in their first track. When listening to the rest of the EP, my praise didn’t stop there. It was like a surreal experience which balanced itself between big bold strumming guitar riffs and edgy acoustic chordal progressions that left a really maturity to their persona as an ensemble. They showed more than 5 sides of themselves in this short 3 song EP, which is a lot of talent to be squished into uch a short run time but you know what? It left me wanting more and more which is why I’ll be eagerly anticipating their next release. So with no further hesitation, we proudly present to you our interview with ‘Even In Arcadia’! The Q&A went as below:
Q. What would you say your particular music style/repertoire is; how would you describe your music?
A. We fuse a few different styles together, so we aren’t in any particular genre other than perhaps just ‘Rock’. Alternative Rock or New Wave is how we would describe ourselves if we are looking to answer a question like that easily! Our songs mainly follow the structure of quiet, loud, quiet, loud.
Q. Who are your biggest influences when making music and do you feel you take any aspects from their style and add it to your own?
A. We all have varied influences from Indie, Punk, and Metal. Bands like Nirvana and The Pixies follow the quiet, loud, quiet structure and we tend to do the same. We also draw a lot of influence from 70s and 80s punk bands like Blondie, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Ramones and The Clash. Our ethos is very much rooted in punk rock, in some shape or form. We like to add our own style to these influences and we think it creates something fairly unique rather than just rehashing old ideas.
Q. What album/albums would you put up there as your favourite of all time?
A. The Ramones – Ramones
The Pixies – Surfer Rosa
New York Dolls – Self Titled
Nirvana – Bleach
Q. What is the favourite gig you have ever played? (Where, how did it go down?)
A. Definitely has to be our gig in King Tuts in Glasgow in December last year. It is such a prestigious venue and it was our first time being invited to play there. When you walk up the stairs to the venue there is a list of all the bands that have played there and its really special. The crowd was excellent and we had such a good time playing. You can hear a few of our songs from that gig on our soundcloud.
Q. Have you got any big plans for the near future in the recording process or touring?
A. Yes. We have just written a bunch of new songs and we are working on a few more. So hopefully we will be in the studio within the next month or so. That will then be followed up with a host of shows.
Q. Where did you get the name ‘Even in Arcadia’ from? Was it spur of the moment of does it have some meaning behind it?
A. Et in Arcadia ego, translated as a Even in Arcadia, is a painting by Nicolas Poussin. Its our guitarist Chris’ favourite picture. Our singer, Hazel, is also an artist which also ties in with the name.
Q. You have been on radio a fair few times yourselves which we are very impressed at! What’s it like trying to emerge from Scotland in the music scene and how has it been trying to get exposure when from Glasgow?
A. Its tough! Really tough! Especially because we don’t fit into one particular genre, it can often be hard fitting into a “scene”. The music scene in Glasgow, for the most part is really good and everyone is supportive of it, which obviously helps in young bands trying to get exposure. We are really pleased with the new material we have been writting, so we are hoping once it has been recorded it should start to turn a few more heads.
Q. What was the last song you listened to and would you recommend?
A. WALL – Cuban Cigars. I only discovered the band last week, so I bought their EP and I’ve played it non stop ever since. They are such a cool band. Hopefully the come to Glasgow and we can support them!
So there we have it! Even In Arcadia are a great bunch of people with an awesome sound to boot, they deserve all your attention out there! As always we implore you to go out and send some love to their social media pages and add their Blue Print EP to your daily playlist!
Even In Arcadia Sound Cloud Page: www.soundcloud.com/xeveninarcadiax
Even In Arcadia Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/weareeveninarcadia
Even In Arcadia Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/xeveninarcadiax