Review by Robert Moody and Photos by Carla Mundy
The cosy confines of The Soundhouse in Leicester was the setting on a cold and wet Sunday evening for London trio Arcane Roots to warm everyone up, playing a headline show on an off date of their UK tour supporting Dry The River.
Unfortunately due to other commitments we were not able to arrive at the venue until fairly late in the evening, but we did catch the second half of the support set from Leicester’s own Speaking In Italics – a melodic rock quartet who clearly draw from a wide range of influences to create a very unique sound. The high pitched vocals from Kyle Brooks draw a clear link to American ‘Post-Hardcore’ bands like Circa Survive or Saosin, although musically there were heavier rock influences on display. We will make sure to catch a full set from the band soon.
After a short break it was time for Arcane Roots to take to the stage, and those in attendance were treated to a set lasting nearly an hour, featuring the majority of the songs on the band’s 2011 release Left Fire and a couple of new offerings as well. When we saw the band earlier this year, we commented on the variety of styles the band covers in their songs, and in a small venue such as the Soundhouse the intensity of the performance was only amplified. The small stage may have hindered the band’s ability somewhat to move around, but anything that was lost in this regard was more than compensated by the precision and passion on display from all 3 band members. New single ‘Resolve’ stood out as a clear indication of how the band continues to evolve their musical style, and with a new album due for release next year Arcane Roots are quickly building up an extremely strong collection of work – definitely a band to watch for 2013.
And you can see more shots from the show here: