Arcana Kings take their name from the meaning secrets or mysteries. Formerly the Johnny McCuaig Band, Arcana Kings re branded themselves after front man and former solo artist Johnny McCuaig thought it would be wise to form the band and have the support needed to ensure the groups new sound and future works. The lineup consists of McCuaig on lead vocals, bagpipes and rhythm guitar, lead guitarist James Picton, rhythm guitarist and vocals Allan Morrison, on bass Kevin Kyle and drummer Graham Templeman.
The band formed in 2015 and have been going strong ever since. With their new direction came new music. Taking a page from AC/DC’ Long way to the top’, McCuaig tapped into his rock roots to capture a bit of AC/DC, Danko Jones, and Foo Fighters. The result, the highly anticipated debut album “Lions As Ravens”.
Lions As Ravens release world wide on Oct 15 2019. The album was recorded with producer Ryan Andersen (Nickelback, Theory of a Dead Man, Default), at RedDoor Recorders in Saskatoon.
“WICKED album – rock guitar, rock bass, rock drums, rock vocals and rock bag pipes – with great hooks, and surprise punches – wow!!! “The musicianship is TIGHT! I cranked it – It was like a fast roller coaster for my ears! “
– Wayne Kelly host of the Wayne and Jane show EZ rock radio
In July of 2019 the band has signed a licensing and sub publishing deal with Bad Reputation Records from France. The signing will bring the band to Europe where they will start their 2nd European tour in the summer of 2020. With the success of their latest single “Here We Go” Arcana Kings are getting well known for their stadium rock music. The CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders used “Here We Go” as the teams run out song during last season’s home games. The band followed up their success with a live performance at Mosaic Stadium during the CFL’s western semi-final playoff game.
Over 100 shows at the Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience stages
Opening shows for Andrew WK, Foreigner, Finger 11, The Lazys, Kim Mitchell, The Trews, Bif Naked, Street Heart, Trooper, Helix, Widemouth Mason, The Tea Party
Toured Sweden, Japan, Mexico, The United States and Canada
Headlined multiple festivals, events and club shows