IndieBeat is passionate about building artist-driven ENCOUNTERs. Combining storytelling & soundtracking, ENCOUNTER is a Musical Memory Mixtape, curated by music-minded people to tell a story about their creative experiences.
In each edition of ENCOUNTER we ask our guest artist to curate a playlist, themed around our standard question “what are your fondest musical memories?” What better way to become closer to artists than to hear the music they experience.
We now introduce you to an ENCOUNTER with Arcadian.
Arcadian is a 5 piece Indie Rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire, equipped with catchy hooks that you could imagine whole stadiums chanting, riffs more infectious than flu, and a balls-to-the-wall sound reminiscent of early days Arctic Monkeys, Foals, and Everything Everything. Arcadian is: Joe Campbell, Greg Moseley, Will Stephen, Tom Szczech & Phil Rejahl.
Comments From The Curating-Editor
To put it simply, Arcadian writes anthemic festival rock. Their This Is Not Ultraviolet EP is full of addictive, warm, and dynamic sounds, with bright melodic guitar riffs rocking against the guttural bass support. Reminiscent of Wild Wild Horses & New Politics, our favorite track off the record is Subtely, with frenetic energy in the pulsing, grooving & scratchy guitar lines which serve as backdrop to the playful, cunning & rhythmic vocals. Definitely the bite of “all gin & no tonic” in this sarcastic yet delightful indie rock hit
This Is Not Ultraviolet: On The Subject of Formation
Joe: One of my fondest musical memories is almost definitely seeing Arctic Monkeys headline Reading festival in 2014. For us, it completed a musical era in our lives where we all loved Arctic Monkeys an awful lot, and whilst we still love them, it bought a close to that time in our lives.
Greg: My parents used to put on albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Ramones in the car on the way to school, so they’re pretty fond memories of music and being young. My parents are also big vinyl fans, so I remember the fun of getting vinyl out and listening to it, it’s those kind of nostalgic memories that make me feel the emotion and energy in music, it’s quite inspiring really.
Our theme is formation, and how music has formed us as people, musicians, and ultimately how it’s carved out what has become our newest EP.
Foals – My Number
This song ended up serving as inspiration for the second song on our EP “Subtlety”, we all love the song, and especially how tight the groove is.
Arctic Monkeys – From the Ritz to the Rubble
Arctic Monkeys are a huge influence on us as a band, so much so that when it came to recording This Is Not Ultraviolet, we based a lot of recording and mixing techniques that we used off of that album. It’s just got this sound to it that’s so retro and that no one is doing at the moment, it’s a classic. Ritz to Rubble is about a scrap on a night out which of course never goes well yet we keep doing it, which was inspiration for when it came to writing Subtlety.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow
The main guitar riff is so catchy. I love the riff so much because one of the most important things for me when playing is to be loose, which I learnt a lot from watching John Frusciante and their newest guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
Everything Everything – Distant Past
We’ve been fans of Everything Everything for a while, we love that they incorporate so many electronic elements to what is otherwise “natural” music, and Distant Past displays that so well. Some of us love dance music, and some of us love Indie, so it’s a perfect halfway point. Distant Past showed us how to write a dancey, groovy tune without losing lyrical integrity.
The Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
This song perfectly captures what its like to be in the headspace of teenagers and young adults and the reasoning behind their decisions.
The Smiths – This Charming Man
This Charming Man is one of those songs that still sound good 32 years after it was released. The clean-ish sound of the guitars has influenced us massively, same with the ridiculously catchy hooks of the chorus, and Morrissey’s signature voice.
The 1975 – Heart Out
Greg takes a lot of inspiration for his guitar tone from The 1975, specifically Heart Out. For an Indie song, the kick and bass hit so hard, not to mention the synth bed in the background of the track, which creates such a great atmosphere about the song. The vocals are also really laid back, and how Matt sings adds a really nice touch the song.
The Libertines – What a Waster
A common theme throughout This Is Not Ultraviolet is social commentary and life as a teenager growing up where we’re from. Phil loves The Libertines, but that song in particular was great inspiration in terms of lyric writing and its no hold bars, no punches pulled approach to talking about life.
Wolf Alice – You’re a Germ
Exactly the same reason as What A Waster, the unapologetic social commentary about a type of person that one might dislike was quite inspirational when it came to writing, I guess you could say similar to Fashion Statement in some regards.
Arcadian – Fashion Statement
This is the leading single from This Is Not Ultraviolet, about people who are and who like things for nothing more than it being a fashion statement.