In the back of a broken down car in a pine forest in Sweden 2014, Arcaves were formed. They sold their car to pay for flights back to the UK and the band locked themselves away in a Southend studio to craft their unique take on pop.
Emerging in 2015 to win Essex Undiscovered, Arcaves and duly supported ‘Nothing but Thieves’ and ‘Coasts’ – going on to open the Sure Arena at V Festival 2015. It’s not by accident; Arcaves’ succulent, melodic instrumentals – evident on “Man Enough” – their newest release on Rolla Records, conjures similar modern electro-pop sensibilities to UK cult favourites Everything Everything. It’s also the dance/ rock stylings attributed to Nothing But Thieves that lends the most natural comparisons to the Essex band’s sound. It’s equal parts gloss, style and catchiness.
Speaking on the track, lead singer Billy Wright states: “It’s about how someone can make you feel like you deserve to be loved. The song is about wanting to rush to the end, right to the finish line. And then realising that you’ve got time to enjoy it.”