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"Thoughtful lyrics, combined with soaring vocals by singer, Michael John are a joy to listen to. The fullness of the drum tones and bass lines underpin the multi-layered guitars and energetic vocals. This is a talented young band that displays the musical know-how of journeyman players. It's nice to know that Australia is keeping the rest of the rock and roll world on their toes with great music from bands like Arcane Saints!"
-Brian McKinny, Senior Editor at Music Insider Magazine (USA)
As a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris, music was always in singer/guitarist Michael John’s blood. Although born in the United Kingdom, he grew up in New Zealand. After winning The Pacific International Song Writing Competition, Michael spent the prize money on a one way ticket to Melbourne, Australia. Once there he formed Arcane Saints.
Michael “Sheep” Gooding was recruited as lead guitarist. Originally from a small town in the outback of Australia, Sheep conquered his boredom in the desert town by honing his guitar skills.
After a serious injury forced their long term bassist to leave the band, Steve Malone took over bass duties. Steve had previously met Michael and Sheep when his previous band happened to be on the same bill at a festival in China.
Several drummers came and went before the band finally found their ideal skins man in Den Murray who had recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney to pursue the rock n’roll dream.
After stumbling upon their independently released single “Never Say Die” online, Grammy award winning producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Kiss, Korn, Alice in Chains) invited the band to his hometown of Nashville, USA to record their debut album “Turning the Tide.”
Toby was a close friend of Layne Staley, late singer of Alice in Chains and delighted Michael by allowing him to use the custom made microphone Layne had used for the multi platinum selling Alice in Chains EP “Jar of Flies.”
Peter Keys (pianist from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd) graciously made a guest appearance on the album, playing piano on the ballad “I’ll Be Around.”
Upon returning to Australia the band were offered a distribution deal via Firestarter Distribution. Turning the Tide was subsequently picked up by all large music retailers nationwide and spent 10 days at the top of Waterfront Records sales chart.
The album gained the attention of Major Label Management in the United States (also home to Trapt, Taproot and Hed Pe) and a management deal was signed.
The momentum continued with the band being selected to perform at the prestigious Big Day Out Festival, headlined by Pearl Jam.
An assault on the USA market is about to commence with release of first single “Hard to Please” to American radio and a 20 date tour.
In a rock scene that is mostly contrived, fake and lacking in “danger,” perhaps the tide is turning.
Michael John - Vocals/Guitar
Michael "Sheep" Gooding - Lead Guitar
Den Murray- Drums
Steve Malone - Bass