Since forming in 2010, it is fair to say UK indie rock band Arcade Parade has not let any dust settle on their vibrant presence as they have performed at some of the notable venues around the UK, such as O2 Academy 2 & 3 in Birmingham and The Sugarmill in Stoke. They have also played Osfest twice matching their strong sounds to artists such as Example, Razorlight and Hard-Fi and the Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival with The Wombats, The Sunshine Underground, and Simon & Oscar from Ocan Colour Scene. Their live reputation has certainly risen at the same time and as nationwide recognition is waiting to be persuaded, the release of their debut single should make an initial strong impression to set things off.
The band recently recorded their first EP with acclaimed producer Gavin Monaghan, which will get its release early next year but first comes single and video Cave Of Swimmers. The Shropshire quartet of Ollie (guitar and vocals) and Elliot Scott (bass), Jacob Ferguson (guitar and vocals) and Dan Byrne (drums), create a sound which layers precise inviting hooks and melodies over unpredictable and inventive beats alongside rich compelling basslines. As the single proves the quartet know how to shape a song into something enticing and thoughtful without resorting to obvious lures. The track is openly infectious nevertheless and makes a strong taster for their forthcoming release. Not exactly rich in originality yet fresh in its breath and energy, the song from its opening summery caresses around sultry and a winding tight melody catches the imagination with ease. The vocals are as warm as the sounds with an expression which balances nicely with the enthused energy and sinewy melodic enterprise veining the pleasing engagement with the ear.
You can never be completely sure of a band from one song alone but certainly Cave Of Swimmers has ensured the release of the EP next year will not go without intriguing attention.
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