Five Questions With Arcane Ghosts

Toronto, ON-based tech-punk trio, Arcane Ghosts have unveiled her new single, “Butterfly”. According to vocalist, Jason Diaz, the band entered the studio with a clear vision of what they were looking to accomplish with the song.

“Stylistically, “Butterfly” marks a bit of a shift for the band,” he says. “We strived to keep the track as simple and or- ganic as possible and base the song’s main melody on one solid guitar riff instead of unnecessarily complicating things.”

The musical evolution heard on the single stands to not only satisfy long-time fans of the band but also sees potential for reaching new audiences.

“The song is about seeing things from different perspectives. Some people choose to see things the way they want to see them, but we don’t always understand the other person’s point of view, especially if you’re working based on assumptions. People can sometimes see things in themselves or in others that they believe to be true, but aren’t necessarily accurate.”

Check out the video for “Butterfly” below, and find out more about Arcane Ghosts via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey! Howdy! Ho! We are Arcane Ghosts. We are a three-piece indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario. We like to call ourselves a tech-punk band, but our range of genres goes from many to more! We are a very versatile band that loves to explore new sounds.

Tell us about your single, “Butterfly”.

Butterfly is our first new single since the release of our EP release of “Human Interference” in 2015. This song is a very energetic uplifting song that gets you on your feet right from the opening notes. The melody will get you hooked, verse to verse it will keep you bopping, and ends with a gracious breakdown as all good songs end.
We know you are thinking “that’s a long time between releases”. We had some really good success with the “Human Interference” and the singles we released from the EP and decided to not only focus on our live show and building our following before releasing any new music. We also wanted to be well prepared for our next release and learn from any initial mistakes we made. Too many bands rush into the studio without having a plan.

What was the highlight of the video shoot for “Butterfly”?

The highlight for us was creating the theme for the video. Grabbing vines off Amazon and stealing plants from our living rooms all to create this lovely, green atmosphere for the music video. With the help of Jordy Clarke (Jordy Clarke Photos) she absolutely killed it creating the backdrop for the music video. Seeing everything then and seeing what it turned into after Trenches Media got their hands on the footage they shot with us is absolutely mind-blowing.

How have you been keeping creative during the pandemic?

At first, like most bands, we were pretty bummed out about all our shows and other plans being blown out. We knew we had to use our time wisely because nothing was going back to any type of normal soon. We used Zoom to write new music together and got into the habit of writing this way at least 3 times a week. It kept us on our toes and resulted in some great new songs which you will hear soon! Fun Fact: Butterfly was the first song we finished from those writing sessions and then recorded during the pandemic last year.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Jason: My favourite Canadian artists range from so many genres. My favourite current artists on repeat are PartynextDoor, Notifi, Daniel Cesar, Justin Bieber, Tory Lanez, Billy Talent, Sum 41, Red Handed Denial, Seaway, Drake, NAV, Said The Whale.

Eric: There is lots of good music from Canada, but the first few that come to mind are PUP, Billy Talent, Ought, The Dirty Nil, Mac DeMarco, Preoccupations, and Badbadnotgood. Steven: For me, PUP, The Tragically Hip and Tokyo Police Club are my favourite Canadian

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