EMQ’s with ARC ARRIVAL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stirling, Scotland based Modern Metal band, Arc Arrival. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Greg: Hey, I’m Greg, I am the vocalist of the band. I joined Arc Arrival in September in 2018.
Mag: Yo, I’m Magnus, I play Guitar. I am one of the founding members of Arc Arrival along with Marc.
Marc: Hi, I’m Marc and I sing and play the drums. It really started when Mag and I met and was playing in bands together before creating this one.
How did you come up with your band name?
Mag: The name stems from the fact that a circle is endless and has no beginning or end, it’s a slightly tongue and cheek name where we are the arrival of the arc of a circle, but since it’s infinite it can never be pinpointed.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Marc: We hail from the almighty Scotland, home of the deep fried…well anything haha. We are all from round about Stirling and we practice there, as for the scene in Stirling, it is pretty dry run, there aren’t as many as the Glasgow scene which completely dwarfs Stirling and its metal scene.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Greg: Our double single!, Engineered To Die & Resurrection followed with an official music video of Engineered To Die.
‘Engineered To Die’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Greg: As I Lay Dying, Parkway Drive, In Flames, Killswitch Engage & Suicide Silence (when Mitch Lucker was the vocalist).
Mag: As a guitarist my main influences are Jinjer, Monuments, Architects and Delain.
These are by far my most prominent influences as a guitarist and musician as those bands have stellar catalogues of music.
Marc: My greatest influences come from good old fashioned rock, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and those good bands, later influenced by Slipknot, BFMV and A7X and don’t forget about the load of jazz drummers, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich haha. (Rick here. Marc gets extra points for, I think, being the first person in these interviews to mention Gene Krupa, one of my drumming heroes).
What first got you into music?
Marc: I was heavily into doing musical theatre and the like and doing dancing and singing, and through that I learned about my love for performing on stage and getting crowds reactions to doing monologues. I then wanted to play music and my Dad had been in a band when he was young as well so he always supported that, I picked up a pair of sticks and just apparently ‘Played like I had been playing for years’ as my Dad would say, I think due to doing dancing and especially ballet, I was able to get independence in my limbs to help me start that, and after that I never looked back.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Mag: If i could collaborate with anyone? Wow, that’s a tough one.
I guess right now I would love to work with Bleed From Within, I’m sort of listening to them constantly right now. Plus, they’re Scottish too so i think that would be awesome.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Greg: I would love to play Download. My dream is to perform in front of thousands of people.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
All Of Us: None of us have had a weirdest gift from a fan.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
All Of Us: We want to thank all of you who have taken the time to listen to our music, come to our gigs and support us on our journey.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Greg: Mitch Lucker, the original vocalist of Suicide Silence.
Marc: Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan from old Avenged Sevenfold
Mag: Tom Searle, The original guitarist and songwriter for Architects.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Mag: Being able to create music that’s for you and other people to enjoy. What I hate is the bureaucracy of having to struggle for so long to be able to get a foothold in any scene.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Marc: Honestly, I would make people give underground bands more of a chance, it is difficult to try and make this a career because people want to hear what the bands they have listened to for years are playing and recording, which I get because I do it as well, but more support for the underdogs.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Greg: As I Lay Dying – “Frail Words Collapse” it was my first album I ever listened to when I started listening to Metal.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Mag: Oh Vinyl, definitely Vinyl there’s just so much more that goes into them from the artwork to the sleeves and while you’re listening to the music it’s just a much deeper personal connection to that particular record. It’s your album that becomes a part of you. Vinyl hands down!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Greg: When Arc Arrival played at the Opium in Edinburgh in 2019 our first show in Edinburgh. Alongside We Make Mammoths & Splintered Halo.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Marc : I would probably have stayed doing acting and being in theatre. I don’t think I was ever going to stray far from being a performer haha.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Mag: A Dinner Party? Presuming I am not the one cooking? I’d Invite Gordon Fucking Ramsey! Add Jamie Oliver to that list as well the tension would be insane. The other three guests I would pick are John Petrucci because he’s one of my idols, Goonzi from Bleed From Within because it’s always nice to have someone there who’s from the same country as you. Finally, I’d want to have Ozzy Osbourne, Because he is never boring and with two chefs there he’d go to town on them It would be a great laugh.
What’s next for the band?
All of us: We are back in the studio writing new music, but we don’t want to give too much away!
Also, we are supporting Black Tongue on Saturday 25th September at Opium in Edinburgh!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Marc: We use all streaming platforms and also use Youtube to put our songs up which we have managed to get quite a reaction from, we use Emuband to distribute to these different platforms.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Greg: A cake!
Marc: Imposters, they are biscuits disguised as cakes and named as cakes haha. Maybe just a little of both.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for all the support we have received from our recent release Engineered To Die double single, stay tuned what’s coming next from Arc Arrival!
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