Band Of The Day Interview – Arcadian Haze

We have a new band for you today as per hour band interviews we have Arcadian Haze. They’re a five piece Grit Pop band from Barnsley, UK whose funky grooves combine rap and hip hop beats with indie rock n roll to create the new sound of working class Northern England.

  1. If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you? 

We are Arcadian Haze, Tye and Nath are our dual-pronged, full frontal vocal attack, Jamie and Gilby are the power funk rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, and I’m Rossi filling in the blanks on guitar and a smidgen of keys.

2. How did you all meet? 

I’ve known Gilby for years from the local music scene in Barnsley where we played together in a band called Gaia up until 2013. Tye and Jamie went through school together and went on to form a band called AKA Pipeline. They were out gigging at the time when me and Gilby were on hiatus, separately recovering from the tribulations of life in Gaia, and Nath’s musical aspirations were not yet realised beyond karaoke glory. More recently than all that, I met both Tye and Nath at work where the three of us founded an exclusive breakfast club, an elite organisation of bacon fryers and bean flickers, specialising in the provision of hearty, pre-graft nutrition. So basically, we’re five guys of different ages with loads in common musically and socially, but with an interesting contrast of life experiences to end up where we are today. 

3. How long have you been playing? 

As a band, the five of us have been playing together since 2019. I’ve been playing guitar since the 80’s growing up on a staple of rock and thrash metal among many other things. Probably the same for Gilby, except a few years later. The other lads, much more recently.

4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play? 

Anthemic, funky, genuine.

5. What are your musical influences? 

Too many artists to list really and it’s very diverse between us. Rock, funk, punk, hip-hop, indie and reggae, if you smashed together Dr. Dre, Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley and The Streets you might end up somewhere close to us. 

6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show? 

Gilby once gatecrashed the stage at a Reverend & The Makers gig, dressed as Osama Bin Laden. Might take a few years to beat that one.

7. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted? 

How good would it be to sit in a field on a glorious summer day at a festival? Also we’ve still got the unfinished business of Tye’s stag do, which has been postponed three times now. So that’s two things to look forward to…

8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? 

Ah well, since you asked, here goes. Gary Glitter, haha, it’s not my fault though, I inherited it. At least it’s not The Spice Girls, I would burn that immediately. 

9. What have you been listening to the last few weeks? 

Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sly & The Family Stone, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell. If you asked the others it would undoubtedly be very different haha. 

10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? 

Yes we are hoping to record and release our second EP later in the year. 

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