By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Originally a duo, Reuben Beau Davies and Anthony Hollis formed Ghost Arcadia with a common drive for live music, production and performance.
With the addition of Adam Ford on lead guitar and Ali McCreadie on drums, the duo became a foursome. Since they all listened to different music from one another in their upbringings, they’ve shifted that genre-inclusive focus to their sound.
Without a strive to fit a “musical category,” the perfect song to them is whatever feels right at the moment. While they take note from eclectic influences like Twenty One Pilots, You Me At Six, The Killers and White Lies, they’ve crafted a style all their own and despite current situations, are still determined to make 2020 their year.
Music Bugle – How would you describe the recent coronavirus outbreak and its subsequent effect on the music industry?
Reuben Beau Davies – Annoying is an understatement, but the precautions that have been put in place are for good reason, just maybe implemented a little later than was needed. Better late than never, I guess! Like most bands, we’ve had gigs cancelled and with all the studios closed, we can’t rehearse, but we’ve been coping. Inter-web video conference calls are the way forward!
Music Bugle – How would you describe the process of recording your latest EP?
Reuben Beau Davies – Exciting. Second time working with Billy (who produced the whole thing) and first time having Ali and Adam as part of the lineup. I came in with a load of lyrics and some chord progressions and we used that as the starting point. We all come with different musical influences, so it’s really exciting to see what Ali, Adam and Ant do with the songs. It allows us to make a really diverse soundscape with recurring themes running through. Billy’s also a great producer and friend. He gets our music and is like an extra member. His input is incredibly important to our end result.
Music Bugle – What are your thoughts on the music video for “Glory”?
Reuben Beau Davies – It’s a bit of alright, isn’t it? We love it! For our first video from the EP, we really wanted to get something that showed us off as a band while also showcasing what we bring to our live shows. We teamed up with some old friends of mine (David Gregory and James Morgan) from Cineoteric Films. I shot a short film with them a while back and they also shot the music video for our previous single “Midnight.” Dave and James are so incredibly easy to work with and as they are fans of that sort of genre, they always know exactly what we are looking for. We wanted the video to be special, so we incorporated a big “fuck off” light show from a good friend of myself and Ant’s called Pablo Fernando Baz. He’s legit one of the best lighting designers in the UK and I think we can all agree what he managed to create with only five lights was nothing short of spectacular.
Music Bugle – Which of your musical influences would you say you draw from the most?
Reuben Beau Davies – As I mentioned before, we’re all pretty different. For myself, I have quite a diverse musical background. My mom and stepdad are gypsy jazz musicians, so that sort of music and folk have been a large part of my life, but I really grew up being infatuated with hip hop, metal and pop punk. My dad’s a biker, so he introduced me to a lot of the heavy rock/metal greats when I was younger. Ali’s more rock, Adam’s hard rock, Ant’s probably pop punk and our new bassist Alissa, she’s like a big time traditional pop punk fan which is great!
Music Bugle – What has been your most memorable show played to date?
Reuben Beau Davies – Just before this whole pandemic exploded, we had the launch of our new EP ‘Libero,’ that was pretty special for a lot of reasons and I think the crowd enjoyed it a lot too. There was a mutual enjoyment going down!
Music Bugle – What are your future plans?
Reuben Beau Davies – Release more music, play more gigs – hopefully!
Music Bugle – What’s something you hope to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
Reuben Beau Davies – We’re thinking about looking at getting signed. We know it’s not an easy hill to climb, but it might help us out in the long run. We’ll see. Watch this space.
Music Bugle – How would you describe the difference between your earliest days and nowadays?
Reuben Beau Davies – Well, there’s three more people in the band now haha.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder to stand out as a group in your genre?
Reuben Beau Davies – Hmm… a bit of both really. It allows us more access to get the material out there to fans, but the internet is oversaturated with different bands, vloggers and influencers. How do you stand out? In the long run, we hope the art will speak for itself.
Music Bugle – What would you say is the group’s most meaningful song or set of lyrics?
Reuben Beau Davies – “Forever and A Day” means a lot to me personally. I wrote it at a time of loss. A lot of people think it’s a romantic love song and in someways it is, but it’s more just about loving someone to the very end and even after that too! I wrote it for everyone who’s ever made an impact on my life who sadly may no longer be with us. It’s a tribute song and one that I wanted people to listen to who are maybe going through those sort of things and know that they aren’t alone. Just because someone’s gone from this place doesn’t mean you stop loving them. “Before the clocks stop, Before all time withers away, I’ll just say I’ll miss you, Most of all today.”