hmv.com reviews... Arcane Roots @ Bath Moles
Power-prog trio Arcane Roots hit Bath over the weekend and we were there to catch them in action...
Arcane Roots, taking a break from recording their second album to showcase material both old and new.
In Bath's Moles club a venue so intimate you are almost touching the ceiling and by the end of the night can smell the sweat dripping off the walls.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The place is rammed and if you're not in the first four rows or stood on the steps then you're going to struggle to see the stage as bodies are swarming around right from the start. Even the crowdsurfers are struggling for space with the very low ceiling almost becoming an obstacle for them.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It all opens in typical Arcane fashion with 'Off The Floor', a new song which full of the band's signature layered riffs and breakdowns. It all goes a bit crazy in the crowd with lead singer and guitarist Andrew Groves almost getting “his teeth knocked out” from the microphone on stage. One off single 'Over & Over' follows with a large sing along from the crowd, who don’t see any sign of slowing down.
This is particularly clear during 'Sacred Shapes' and 'Leaving' which incites plenty of crowdsurfing before the song has even begun. In between songs their jamming sessions are reminiscent of that of Foals and Muse. In an ideal world, they will be headlining arenas as big as them very soon.
'Resolve' and 'Hell & High Water' are very welcome visits to their debut album which they state was recorded just above the venue in Bath itself. 'Slow Dance' however is a particular highlight of the evening. The crowd can tell from the start that the build up is coming and when it drops, it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
If 'Curtains' is a sign of a slight change in style for the new album then it's certainly a good one. From the reaction tonight it's sure to become a staple in their set as the crowd take to it like it's already a classic.
They close tonight with 'If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves' which may just about set the record for the most amount of 'gear changes' in a song. Just when you think you've heard something that's great, another riff will come along and blow the previous one out of the water.
Even after delivering a show that raises the game for them, the crowd are desperate for more chanting long after it has finished. It’s going to be a long wait until summer comes and their new material drops.
Did they put on much of a show?
As it’s such a small set up there are no theatrics here tonight, just a couple of lights and a heck of a lot of energy on stage.
What was the highlight of the set?
New song 'Matter' is said to be inspired from the nightclub scene in the original 'Blade' film and you can see why. It opens with a slow and mature build up, with an electric drum pad. But this is Arcane Roots and you know that they are going to unleash an explosion of a breakdown and that they do with ample gusto.
The crowd erupt into a mixture of pits and jumping around which is reminiscent of its blood-soaked influence. The frustrating thing is that we are going to have to wait until the summer until the new record is finally released.
Where can I catch them next?
In June they support Evanescence at London’s Apollo as well as a handful of festival dates this summer. However, they say that a new album will be released sometime shortly after accompanied by a UK tour in support of it.