Not just another London alt-rock band, Arcadial (Benjamin Blake and Jason Wadey), prove their worth on ‘Twenty Seven Closed Doors’, a timely reminder of our political zeitgeist. Lifted from their debut EP ‘Pandorium’ due this March, the band’s impressive sonic assault is highlighted in the ominous video clip for ‘Twenty Seven Closed Doors’.
They say: “Enigmatic visuals for a psychedelic theme. Given the fanatical nature of the song, both instrumentally and lyrically, this is reflected in the fast-moving illusions and caricatures given in the music video. Stereotypically, older generations like to think that their younger counterparts are simply sitting and looking at pretty colours, the music video achieves an effective portrayal of this.”
The band descried the song: “Twenty Seven Closed Doors was made on the morning after the EU Referendum in 2016. It acted as a cathartic remedy to the fact that we, as a country, could no longer see ourselves as European – we were no longer free to live and settle in the twenty-seven other nations of the EU. The lyrics are angry and intentionally provocative towards baby boomers. Instrumentally, this song is quite straightforward. The chorus is where it differs from others that it takes inspiration from. All instruments, except for the guitar, take a pause to allow as much space as possible for us to scream about how trapped we feel in this country full of people that vote against our interests. The ending line “I hope I get Stockholm Syndrome” is as much a summary of ‘Pandorium’ as it is of ‘Twenty-Seven Closed Doors’.”
Watch ‘Twenty Seven Closed Doors’ – BELOW:
Arcadial’s upcoming debut EP, ‘Pandorium’ incorporates synthesised soundscapes which battle with high-energy intricate guitar riffs for dominance throughout every song. The power dynamic displayed on the tracks often feel like a struggle between two opposing ideologies a theme reflected in Pandorium’s lyrics and uncommon song structures. The band’s influences are most apparent in the track ‘Limpdick Voodoo’ panning piano keys and a slippery rock riff are played over a rap beat that could have been taken from a ‘90s mixtape.
Just as many other famous musicians have in the past, founding members Benjamin Blake and Jason Wadey formed Arcadial less than a month after completing their chemical engineering degrees. Laden with accumulating student loan debt, Arcadial decided to make the excellent financial decision of moving to Central London without jobs – to pursue a lucrative career in music. If they cannot be found at arcadialmusic.com the band is probably drinking tap water in preparation for a showing of their unique form of synth-heavy alternative rock. In an age where individuality can make an artist an overnight Soundcloud sensation, Arcadial is screaming that they are unique, just like everybody else.
Listen to ‘Twenty Seven Closed Doors’ – BELOW:
With an ever-burgeoning live reputation following a seemingly never-ending series of live dates Arcadial have forged their own sound from a plethora of influences, frenetic guitar lines do battle, thrilling and hypnotic. Catch them live at The Victoria London on 20th February.