Just months after releasing their debut, indie quartet ARCADIA are back with their second EP, Canopy.
The band consists of members Jacob Ward (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jacob Ferchal (Lead guitar), James Whitehurst (Drums), and Seb Clarke (Bass/Keys), who formed in Stoke in late 2015.
Tropic opens the EP with a tropical, summery vibe. Setting the sound up with a vibrant, energetic bass, complemented by smooth, rhythmic percussion; the track particularly highlights Jacob’s vocal ability and range. Tropic brings visions of being sat at a beach bar somewhere hot. This is a particularly uplifting tune sure to boost your mood on a dull day.
Cabin follows on as a more laid back sounding track. Opening up at the chorus when the drums, vocals and guitar become much heavier and loud before easing back into the original bass line just in time for the next verse. The gritty, husky vocals are an element to expect after hearing other tracks by the band, flowing well as areas of the track change.
Waste starts off sounding much like the others, however it soon becomes clear that it’s the heaviest off the EP. With Ward’s metal-esque screams, slightly undermined by crashing drums and explosive riffs.
’95 is the final track on the EP, and is my personal favourite of the 4. It sets off with a long build up, just before erupting into a mixture of loud percussion and filthy riffs. The track then slows back down just in time for the chilling vocals to come in. With similarities to many of the bands influences, including The Stone Roses, Peace, and Catfish and the Bottlemen; this is an exceptional indie tune.
Arcadia also have a number of gigs lined up; on September 10th they’ll be playing at Stafford Cellar Bar. On October 25th they’ll be playing the O2 Academy Birmingham, and just the next day they’ll be supporting Bez from Happy Mondays in their hometown of Stoke.
The EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud so be sure to check it out.
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