After a hectic as two thousand and eleven and an even more full on twenty twelve thus far, Deep Sea Arcade are kicking massive goals in just about every aspect of their fledgling career right now.
Their debut album Outlands is an intricate balance between pop song writing and inventive arrangements, forming a solid variety of tracks to keep you interested all the way through to the end. After last year’s successful EP as well as a couple of singles, Outlands was triple j’s feature album a couple of weeks back. Add in that they’re currently on tour with Children Collide, scored the Kaiser Chiefs support and are also headling their own national tour in June and you have one busy band.
Outlands has summery vibes, with up beat cheerful tracks for twilight hours, but is not without its melancholic moments. Combining tasteful electronics with guitars that intertwine with the vocals and a steady but reassuring rhythm section, Deep Sea Arcade have shown their maturity without sacrificing the fun times. I’ve really enjoyed some of the cheeky lyrics of this release, that really add to the playful nature of the album as a whole.
“One for the trouble, two for the time,
three for the evil thoughts on my mind…”
“.. I could be lonely, but I could be lonely in your arms…”
While single Don’t Be Sorry alludes to the Beach Boys, Seen No Right leans towards the indie rock persuasion, as does Girls – think chilled out Tame Impala.
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Deep Sea Arcade will be touring from June 1st – June 22nd at the following venues:
June 1st – The Cambridge Hotel Newcastle
June 2nd – The Standard, Sydney
June 7th – Transit Bar, Canberra
June 8th – Phoenix Public House, Melbourne
June 9th – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
June 14th – Jive, Adelaide
June 15th – Indi Bar, Scarborough
June 16th – Amplifier Bar, Perth
June 17th – Mojo’s, Fremantle
June 21st – Cobra Kai, Brisbane
June 22nd – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Check out the video for new single Steam below.
In a word, getaroundthem.
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