An ex­pan­sive mix of alt.rock and am­bi­tion, with their eyes set on Down­load and be­yond…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Amped Up -


As kids, the mem­bers of Es­sex alt.rock quar­tet Sun Arcana dreamed of be­ing in a tour­ing band. Whether they were head­lin­ing are­nas or open­ing club shows didn’t mat­ter – the goal was to lead a life on the road, play­ing the songs they’d writ­ten to peo­ple will­ing

to hear them. Two years after form­ing, the band – com­pris­ing vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Tom Harper Ward, gui­tarist Harry Acre­man, bassist Jules Wild­blood and drum­mer Ryan Daniels – have not only toured with Brit heavy­weights Skin­dred, but they’ve also been announced for this year’s Down­load Fes­ti­val. Those dreams, it would seem, are com­ing true.

“It’s crazy to be play­ing Down­load!” Tom tells K!. “To have it as our first ma­jor fes­ti­val is in­cred­i­ble – we’re buzzing! I’m re­ally ex­cited about shar­ing a stage with Gold Key. I saw them live re­cently, and they’ve got such a huge sound. When I was younger I loved Avenged Seven­fold, so the fact that they’re head­lin­ing is in­cred­i­ble. You Me At Six are an­other awe­some band on the line-up, too. It’s go­ing to be epic!”

Be­fore they tread the hal­lowed boards of Don­ing­ton, how­ever, comes the most im­por­tant event in Sun Arcana’s ca­reer to date – that be­ing the March 9 re­lease of As I Take A Breath…, their de­but EP. It’s a hugely sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for the quar­tet, some­thing Tom is well aware of.

“It feels mad,” he says. “We only have a small fan­base at the mo­ment, but it’s scary to won­der what they’ll think of the new ma­te­rial. We re­ally want them to en­joy what we’re do­ing. All the tracks we’ve re­leased so far have been var­ied, and that’s some­thing we want to stick with – we don’t want our mu­sic to sound the same.”

That’s hardly sur­pris­ing, re­ally, given who their he­roes are.

“We take in­flu­ence from ex­pan­sive rock bands like Muse and Ra­dio­head,” ex­plains Tom. “We cre­ate big, at­mo­spheric songs, but most im­por­tantly, we re­ally love a good riff!”

With a big sound comes big po­ten­tial, and while Tom and his band­mates’ am­bi­tions may have started out mod­estly, the buzz that’s now build­ing around them sug­gests a group ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing great things. For Sun Arcana, this could be the dawn of some­thing big. SUN ARCANA’S EP AS I TAKE A BREATH… IS OUT ON MARCH 9 VIA EASY LIFE

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