- Brian McKinny, Senior Editor at Music Insider Magazine (USA)
Arcane Saints is an Australian hard rock band formed by singer/guitarist Michael John.
Born in the United Kingdom, Michael grew up in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, Australia in search of a bigger rock music scene.
After some line up changes Michael “Sheep” Gooding, who had recently relocated to Melbourne from the outback town of Darwin,
joined the band as lead guitarist.
Den Murray was then recruited on drums. Like Michael and Sheep, Den had also only recently moved to Melbourne, having moved from Sydney.
Bassist Rory Wale, who is the only local Melbourne member, then completed the line up.
Arcane Saints set out on a relentless touring schedule of Australia, Canada, China and New Zealand, releasing a single which gained the attention of Grammy Award winning producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice in Chains, Kiss, Korn.)
Toby invited them to his home town 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 chart topping Alice in Chains EP “Jar of Flies.”
Peter Keys, pianist from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, made a guest appearance on the album.
The momentum continued with Arcane Saints receiving rave reviews for their performance at Australia’s prestigious Big Day Out Festival, headlined by Pearl Jam.
Following a highly successful USA radio campaign, they were invited to join multi platinum selling rockers Trapt for a five week USA tour.
The tour, which included a spot at Gig It Festival, headlined by Sevendust, was a massive success resulting in thousands of new fans for Arcane Saints.
Whilst touring Arcane Saints noticed the audiences really connected with their new songs and decided to hit the studio again.
With highly regarded Aussie producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo) at the helm, they recorded a new EP entitled "In the Shade of the Juniper".
"In the Shade of the Juniper" boasts some of the heaviest songs the band has recorded as well as some more pop rock tracks. Arcane Saints consider it to be their best work to date.
Michael John - Vocals/Guitar
Michael "Sheep" Gooding - Lead Guitar
Tim White - Drums
Mike Lyon - Bass