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Introducing: Arcade State

Updated: Jan 29

As we leap into 2022, this five piece shows once again why and how Glasgow is the place to be for new and emerging music this year. While they may be newer to the game, Arcade State have already started to make their mark and have begun to generate a loyal following. Their alt-rock sound reminiscent of Twin Atlantic, swim school and 2013 era 1975 is jam-packed full of heart, something which after the last few months we have all been looking for.

Made up of brothers Ciaran and Jordan alongside mates Scott, David and Andy, this group played their first gig together only last year after deciding to form during the lockdown. In interviews, they explained that the pandemic gave them a creative opportunity to ‘hone their sound’ as well as build up anticipation and hype for the return to performing live. Even before they set foot on stage together, they had rapidly begun to gain a following on social media-an unexpected response the boys say blew their minds.

Their first gig in the iconic Attic in the heart of Glasgow sold out almost instantly and was a powerhouse night giving the band the determination to work towards their EP. Since then, they have performed in iconic venue King Tut's Wah Wah Hut as well as supported 2021 The Voice winner Craig Eddie. Already they have been confirmed in the lineup for ButeFest in July later this year and but we anticipate seeing them make the festival rounds come summertime.

A favourite of their tracks has to be ‘The Rabbit Hole’ which was released in 2020 while the band were still a 4-piece. The song is perhaps one of their most raw emotionally, exploring themes of mental health and addiction. Listening to this track feels like driving through a busy tunnel late at night-amidst the darkness lights and colours echo around you bringing about a strange and sad nostalgia. The end of the tunnel is in sight but you almost don’t want to get there because the journey is the best part. Talking about its motivations, the band explained ‘from a personal point of view, the song has a very deep-rooted meaning that we want to put out to everyone, and with that raise awareness for mental health’. When creating the emotive music video, the band reached out to local charity ‘Back Onside’ and donated all proceeds from the single to fund their vital work.

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