Following the breakup of their former band in 2002, (named Reticent Union), Darryl McCarty and Stan Clemance formed a new band initially known as Christopher in the city of London, Ontario. They brought on board with them with them drummer and friend Matt Fletcher. In 2004, the new project was formally birthed and officially named Chasing Arcadia.
Siegfried Meier agreed to produce early studio work on Chasing Arcadia’s first album at Emac Studios in London, Ontario. Shortly after this, the band began to write and record on a regular basis, and in the autumn of 2004, they began to showcase their songs in live venues around south-western Ontario.
In early 2005, Chasing Arcadia released their first self-titled studio album. It was recorded at EMAC Studios in London, Ontario, and at Threshold Sound, in Kitchener, Ontario. The singles, Come Down and Summertime, both received some of radio play within Ontario. The album was distributed internationally through Sam the Record Man, iTunes, Amazon, and Napster. A complete second album was recorded by the early autumn of 2005, but it was never released. At that time the band took a hiatus in November of 2005.
McCarty continued recording some solo work in a project he called Admiral Drive. In late 2007, he asked Clemance to perform with him at a small club in London called Call The Office, along with drummer Matt Weston. After receiving positive feedback from the new material, McCarty and Clemance decided to revive Chasing Arcadia. McCarty and Clemance spent the spring of 2008 auditioning for a replacement drummer, and found Jeremy Avraham. Although Jeremy proved to be an excellent match, he only remained with the band for a year, and in 2009, Jeff Wakem pursued the role and became Chasing Arcadia’s new percussionist. His no-nonsense approach to rhythm and his tasteful yet tight drumming style was exactly what the band needed to complete their melodic rock sound, tying together the old roots of the band, while bringing in something altogether new.
It was apparent to McCarty that, given the nature of the new material, a second guitarist was also needed. He was hesitant, however, as he was worried that a second guitarist might ‘clash’ with both the group and the revised sound. In June of 2008, his fears were allayed. Hailed recently as a “virtuoso” by the Edmonton Sun, Patrick Hughes responded to an audition requested by Chasing Arcadia. His intuitive style and technical prowess amounted to the final piece of the puzzle, and he was added to the band’s roster.
In 2009, Chasing Arcadia released their second studio album, entitled ‘Broken’. After a final tour, in 2010, the band resigned. This website is their legacy.