The Blues is Life.
(image credit: Anthony Moulay)
“Blues Arcadia gave us a passionate performance and great music, and hammered home the argument that live bands are simply the best entertainment there is. Next time they’re playing, make sure you see them.” SCENESTR Magazine
"A highlight of the performance is the interplay between main songwriters Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey" COURIER MAIL
Music fans love making lists… Hottest 100. Rolling Stone 50 Best Songs of 2018. Top 5 Guitarists of the 20th Century (that’s SRV, Hendrix, Peter Green, Freddie King, and Django by the way).
So, let’s play. What are the top five attributes of the best band you can imagine?
One: Passionate lead singer with power, range and moves – Tick
Two: Fiery, intense and dynamic lead guitarist – Tick
Three: A killer rhythm section that groove together like a red-hot Saturday night in New Orleans – Tick
Four: Ability to craft original songs that sound like instant classics – Tick
Five: A live show that is always better than you thought possible – Tick
Well, that band already exists: they’re Australian and you can see them for much less than the cost of a ticket to Vintage Trouble or the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Blues Arcadia deliver an uninhibited old-fashioned soul stomp revival, combining the legendary soul of Stax and Motown with the heat and power of the Chicago and Memphis blues.
Formed in Brisbane around the songwriting partnership of vocalist Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey with collaborators and partners-in-crime Jeremy Klysz (bass), Paula Girvan (keys) and Casper Hall (drums), they received a 2017 Australian Blues Music Award and a 2017 Australian Roots Music Award nomination for their debut self-titled EP release.
Their follow-up album Carnival Of Fools captures the sound of the band swinging from the rafters and shaking the foundations of blues and soul music - exactly as they perform live, with raw emotion and absolute conviction. Crowd favourites at festivals like Thredbo Blues, Woodford Folk Festival and Blues On Broadbeach, Blues Arcadia have now delivered a brand-new record brimful of style, passion and attitude.
Nobody in this band is just along for the ride. These are five strong individual personalities working together to create something uniquely exciting. It’s almost impossible to choose which of them to watch and engage with during a show, where each player directs their energy into the most important thing – the Song, making it the best it can be. That is the power of Blues Arcadia.