Oliver “Shiny” Blakemore

Left Fire

Arcane Roots

Evidence that some kinds of simplicity might support other kinds of complexity. This is another power trio. Drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. Their tools are simple, which means that they can do all kinds of clever things with song writing. They’ve got “math rock” influences, which makes me nervous as a phrase. I don’t know if you’ve ever asked a mathematician what they find interesting, but if you ever do then you might find it wise to bring along a notebook, some whiskey, and maybe a sleeping bag or something, because you’ll need the aid to memory and the opportunity to relax.

I’m not saying that mathematicians have bad taste; some of my best friends are mathematicians, and I’d never say that they had bad taste in public where they might hear about it from other people. What I’m saying is that what they think of as good taste often requires minor degrees in specialized knowledge before you can confidently say you know whether you agree with them or not.

And if that’s the place where your songwriting starts, you may risk designing something just a little bit obscure. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Now that I’ve explained my position, allow me to recommend Arcane Roots.

I would like to assure you that they are not boring.

But they are incredibly clever.

I imagine that, in general, hardcore aficionados of the math rock genre would consider them far too simple to be interesting.

At the same time, for the rest of us, I think we’d find them far more interesting than usual.

That’s a pretty good place to be, all things considered.