I’m inspired by all different kinds of music, and love hearing about music from all around he world. My manager and friend Adrian introduced me to the Swedish band The Ark. A band with quite an extensive and productive career. They were founded in 1991, but it would be the best part of ten years before they found both a stable line up and any recording success. Between 2000 and 2011 they released six albums and became a very accomplished live band, playing in front of huge crowds headlining in Sweden and supporting The Darkness on their 2006 UK tour. Adrian, however tells me of a time he got to see them perform to a mainly Swedish crowd in a small venue in Camden (see photo).
I think The Arc are a great example of a great band. The songs are both melodic and punchy. Check out “Clamour For Glamour” for an excellent rock track you’ll be humming for days. The production on their records is clear and their lead singer, Ola Salo is an example of a wonderful showman. Other songs I like are “A Virgin Like You” a cynical, almost cabaret-rock song which will have you bopping in your seat merrily. Their biggest hit “Calleth you, Cometh I” is an epic stadium-esque song is an admission of love despite time that has passed. There is also a beautiful version online of Ola singing it slowed down with a string orchestra. Check them out!