Arcane Roots are a three-piece alternative rock band from Kingston Upon Thames, England. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Andrew Groves and former drummer Daryl Atkins, the band is known for their energetic live shows, and incorporating progressive music, math rock and indie rock into a popular song format. Their debut mini-album Left Fire was released in February 2011 and received strong reviews from both the press and their peers alike. The band completed their first UK headline tour in June 2011 and ended the summer with slots at Sonisphere and Heavy Festival. Arcane Roots were asked to cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana for Kerrang! magazine's Nevermind Forever Cover CD, in which they were the only unsigned band. Arcane Roots completed work on their first full-length debut album Blood & Chemistry in January 2013. The album was released on 6 May 2013.