With the blood of legendary bassist and founding member of Iron Maiden, Steve Harris coursing through his veins, Michael John, frontman of Arcane Saints, had little choice but to pursue his passion and talent for song writing and give music his all, to be part of the industry that his uncle’s band has left such a lasting legacy in.
Born in the United Kingdom, singer/guitarist Michael John, grew up in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia in search of a bigger rock music scene, and in 2008 Arcane Saints was born.
Immediately the band 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.) who 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.
The EP 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.
Arcane Saints are:
Michael John – Vocals/Guitar
Michael “Sheep” Gooding – Lead Guitar
Den Murray- Drums
Rory Wale – Bass
REVIEWS for In The Shade Of The Juniper
“Arcane Saints are one of the most exciting new rock bands to come out of Australia since Silverchair, Electric Mary, Midnight Oil, and INXS. Their latest EP, “In the Shade of The Juniper” continues the Aussie legacy of musically diverse, hard hitting rock and roll.” – Brian McKinny, Senior Editor of Music Insider Magazine USA
“Vital, kick arse rock and roll music, delivered with exuberance and passion, that gets you a-movin’ and a-groovin’ and singing along. It’s good to hear a fun-times rock n roll band singing about something a little deeper than chicks and partying.” – Heavy Magazine (AUS)
“Older generations can say there’ll never be Aussie rock icons like AC/DC or THE ANGELS ever again, but ARCANE SAINTS give me hope.” – Shadey’s World (AUS)