GETTING TO KNOW…ARCADES & LIONS, by Brooke Tunbridge / by Brooke Tunbridge

I SAT DOWN TO HAVE A CHAT WITH THE BOYS FROM ARCADES & LIONS SO WE COULD GIVE YOU AN EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT ON THEIR RECENT EP RELEASE, TIME SPENT AT THE GROVE STUDIOS, EAST COAST TOUR AND EXPERIENCE PLAYING TO A PACKED OUT CROWD IN SUPPORT OF POLISH CLUB. THEY EVEN CHATTED TO US ABOUT THEIR KARAOKE AT THE HAMO…

(Left to right) Tim Walker, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Darren James, drums and percussion; Hayden Jarrett, bass guitar and backing vocals; and Cal Glendenning, lead guitar / backing vocals. Photo by Dylan St John Images.

(Left to right) Tim Walker, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Darren James, drums and percussion; Hayden Jarrett, bass guitar and backing vocals; and Cal Glendenning, lead guitar / backing vocals. Photo by Dylan St John Images.

How did you all meet and what made you want to start a band?

Cal: Darren and I both had been playing music in various bands locally since we were about 12, and had known each other since the start of primary school. In senior school, we started jamming on songs and then recruited Hayden when he started going to our school. After a few more months of jamming and writing, we put out ads in local music stores and on Facebook. With a bit of trial and error, we ended up auditioning Tim, and from his starting note on a QOTSA song, we knew he was the one.
We wanted to start a band due to a love of music. I for one have dreamt of playing my own music to audiences since I saw an Eric Clapton live DVD at the mere age of 9.
Tim: I was invited to Cal’s house for a couple of jams and was then knighted into the band with a pair of drumsticks.

Congrats on the release of your EP! It's clear that you've refined your sound. How would you describe your music to someone that hasn't heard it before?

Hayden: I'd describe the sound of our music to be like the taste of a strong coffee whilst listening to the best British rock bands in the afterhours. Dark, gritty and raw.

Cal: But also something you can shake your hips to.

 What was it like working on the EP?

Darren: It was awesome. We were in this ridiculous studio in the middle of the bush, in the middle of winter, just recording music and loving every second of it.

Hayden: Recording the EP up at the Grove Studios was one of the best experiences of my life. It really developed everyone's knowledge of the workplace in the studio and the magic that happens there. Plus, it was really cool seeing some of the history that had been recorded at that place. I think we all grew a lot closer after recording.

 Cal: The location of the Grove Studios made me feel like I was in another world. It wasn’t about anything but the music, the story of the songs and getting the feelings we felt when writing the songs recorded down. Which we feel Jack did an amazing job doing. We can’t wait to get back in the studio later this year to work on some more releases!

Any highlights from the recent show in Brisbane?  

Tim: The best thing about Brisbane was just experiencing what it's like to travel and play music; it was our first time travelling out of state. We met some great people there and experienced the night life in the city.

You guys recently opened up for Polish Club at their Newcastle show; how was that?

Darren: It was heaps of fun, we threw a tonne of energy into the performance trying to impress the people who hadn't seen us before and warm up the crowd for Polish Club. The turnout was a very pleasant surprise for 8:30pm on a Thursday.

Cal: We are all huge fans of the Polish Club boys, and I can’t believe how kind and genuine they are. The show was awesome, we hadn’t been to the Small Ballroom for a few months, and what they’ve done with the joint is amazing! The turnout was fantastic and we had a great time. We are so grateful to the Polish Club boys for having us, everyone played amazingly on the night.

 I caught your set and it's up there with the highest number of people I've seen turn up for the first support at that venue so congrats! Loved your cover of a Bowie classic. Do you have any other musical idols?

Cal: Thank you, our musical idols span many genres. To name a few, I’d say U2, Oasis, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age, David Hasselhoff, City Calm Down, Foo Fighters, Muse and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

You have two local shows coming up at the Cambridge Hotel and Bandapalooza at the Lass in June. What can people expect from your live show?

Darren: A heap of infectious energy, all the hits, and a cheeky cover here or there.

 What are some of your favourite local acts at the moment?

Cal: There are so many great local acts at the moment. Newcastle has a great music scene that you can’t go past; Southern End, In Motion, The Treehouse Children, Split Feed, Altai, Nelipot and Dave. But the scene is constantly growing and there’s so much talent around town these days.

Tim: Killer local acts I love at the moment are Treehouse Children, Splitfeed, In motion, Southern End and Sendfire. I'll leave it at that, otherwise I'd be here all day listing other local acts I love.

 And lastly, favourite thing about Newcastle?

Darren: Karaoke at the Hamo, the music scene and the people.

Tim: It's a mixture of the music, the food and the coffee.

Cal: There are so many beautiful dogs being walked around the town, and can anyone honestly go past a big husky and not be eternally taken aback! The music scene is pretty darn good too!

Catch the band at The Lass on June 10th for Bandapalooza III and the Cambridge Hotel on June 23rd for their EP release.

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