It’s a lazy Monday and the weather sucks so it’s good that we don’t have to travel far from Glasgow to get to today’s Band of the Day…
We all live near the City of Stirling in Scotland and are quite proud of that fact, as there isn’t much of a scene there anymore. So we would always say Stirling.
How did you meet?
Marc: Mag and I both met when I was about 16 years old and he was 20/21, my friend and I were looking to be in a band and we were pretty good at our instruments, so through an ex of mine that introduced me to him and we got got jamming the three of us, and the rest is history Mag and I have been jamming ever since and none stop writing together.
Greg: I had been searching for a band/project for a year. I was searching on Facebook when I came across an advert from Mag that his band was looking for a vocalist, so we got talking and Arc Arrival gave me an audition and I was successful.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Arc Arrival was formed in October 2017, but with this lineup it’s only just two years old, that is when Greg joined the band
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
It came from a tongue in cheek conversation about how a circle has no beginning or end and how the arc of a circle can’t possibly have an arc that would arrive anywhere.
What are your influences?
Greg: One of my main influences is As I Lay Dying, they were the very first band that got me into metal and have been a major influence since I started playing in bands.
Marc: Slipknot for me, I have loved them since I started listening to metal, and I still listen to them now.
Mag: For me personally I gravitate towards more modern bands such as Jinjer.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is unique due to our Technical and heavy riffs to the punchy drums with the riffs, we implement screaming with singing to make an emotional and also intense journey for anyone listening.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Greg: My themes mostly come from conspiracy theories. It really depends on the story behind the lyrics, as I also have emotional and angry lyrical themes.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We are a very energetic band, we love to motivate the crowd and Greg loves to go into the crowd making mosh pits.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Marc: The wildest thing I know I’ve done at a gig is when I was in my first band with Mag called Crimson Mistress, we were playing through a really fast song with intense double bass parts and my knee popped out of place and my leg started to kind of twist because I was still trying to play the double bass part but as soon as the double kick part ended I had to just punch it back into place with the butt of my drumstick. It was only about a song and a half in and we were playing a 5 song set. I couldn’t feel the pain until after the set when I tried to walk and the pain I felt was probably there for about 2 days because I kept playing.
Mag: Probably one show comes to mind is that we were playing a really intense song and just before the breakdown hit I turned around and Greg was gone and I was a little perplexed and caught off guard. I completely panicked thinking he’d fallen somewhere then saw that he had started a mosh pit in the audience. Ever since then it’s kinda been his thing when he doesn’t get the reaction he wants from a crowd he just dives right in and turns it into a whirlpool of bodies.
Greg: The wildest thing I’ve ever done is probably the show I gave my girlfriend (now wife) our first kiss. The band I was playing with at the time had written a song for the bassist’s mum who had passed away a couple years previous and we decided to write a song in memory for her. So I thought at this show having our first kiss was an amazingly romantic idea. Finding the confidence to do it was insane because without being on stage I’m quite a shy person.
What kit do you use/Guitars do you play/ etc. ?
Marc: For drums, I play a normal setup of 2 toms in front of me, floor tom to my left and another tom to my right hooked onto my hi hat, I’ve recently become more acquainted with two bass drums as well so I might(If possible) be looking to use both of them my live kit. Always Pearl drums and Sabian Cymbals for me, I have loved them for so long and will always stand beside them.
Mag: I play Ibanez guitars Primarily the RGA models for 6 string stuff and RG 7 string stuff. I use Laney Ironheart amps (The SLS models) and I am an artist for Legendary Pickups for using the Zeus model in all my guitars.
Greg: I invested in getting a wireless microphone, I use the Sennheiser XSW 1-825 B-Band wireless set.
What, If anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are promoting the single from our new EP which was released 30th October!
What are your plans for 2020?
With still in the current pandemic our plans are basically to show everybody what we have created in this pandemic, we also have side plans for the EP, such as creating Music videos and other content for more content.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you have toured with, or a mates band we’ve not heard before!
Marc: I would love to open for our brothers in H8teball again, and probably have our brothers in Cerberon to open for us, we love both of them and honestly can’t wait to gig with them both again.
Mag: I would love to play for our friends in We Make Mammoths as they put on an amazing show. It would be good to play a show with them again. For bands that I’d love to open for us I would really love to have the guys in Cerberon to do it as they are an intensely amazing band.
Greg: My top pick would open for a Fife band called H8teball, these guys put on an amazing show especially with their masks and laser gloves. They have just released their EP this year “Undead” and for a band to open us I would choose “We Make Mammoths”!