Arcane Roots have spoken about the 'humbling and inspirational' experience of touring with the likes of Muse and Biffy Clyro. Watch our interview with the band below.
Talking to Gigwise backstage after a deafening set on the Lock Up Stage at Reading Festival, the rising rockers spoke about rounding off an 'incredible' year - releasing their debut album and being personally chosen to tour with the likes of Muse and Reading headliners Biffy Clyro.
"It's like the test at the end of the year," said frontman Andrew Groves. "The bill is like the leader board of how you've been doing and we're absolutely honoured to be here, let alone where we were on te Lock Up Stage."
He continued: "We've had a lot of homework this summer with meeting our idols and seeing them absolutely kill it around the world. We're blessed to be put in that position. Biffy and Muse have inspired us more over the last few months than they ever did when we were kids. They're incredible bands and really nice people - it's just been a kick up the bum.
"This is what we need to be doing - we need to be stepping it up to deliver a show."
Watch Arcane Roots discussing Readingand Leeds, their year so far, touring with Muse and Biffy and their plans for the future below
When asked about how they came to be hand-picked by Muse on their recent EU tour, singer said: "We're just lucky, with Muse, Biffy and loads of people. We knew our record (Blood & Chemistry) was never going to go to No.1. We were hoping that it was going to teeter along like a good underground movie, and that seems to be what happened. We've lots of friends who are friends with them, but we'd never met them directly. A lot of people have laid claim to said record into their hands but we don't know which one, but somehow they listened to our record and Dom (Howard, Muse drummer) tweeted about it to our now patron saint Dave Elitch, whose a session drummer who used to play for The Mars Volta."
He added: "It just ignited on Twitter and Dom got us on the tour and we got to meet them, They're fantastic guys."
Arcane Roots' debut album, Blood & Chemistry, is out now. The band will be supporting Coheed & Cambria on their upcoming UK tour in November.