It’s been four years since Sydney siders Deep Sea Arcade released their first phenomenal album Outlands. Since then, fans have waited with baited breath for any new material.
Lucky for fans, the boys have resurfaced to release their new single Leaning to Fly, and give the masses a taste of their forthcoming sophomore release. Perth was the last stop for the boys on their national tour and they were joined at Jack Rabbit Slims on Saturday night with some other local gems to support.
The first warm up for the ears was local alternative sweethearts, Segue Safari. Their particular flavour of pretty indie pop, full of luscious psychedelic guitar coupled with sweet downtempo vocals, had the crowd slow swaying along. So sweet is their sound that they had a number of the couples in the vicinity dancing along in sweet sonic embrace. Adorable. Their new single Colour TV was a catchy and delightfully quirky piece, reflecting a sound indicative of a talent way beyond their young years.
Local genre benders Human Buoy brought a bit of everything to the table. They coupled fuzzy, vibrant funk rock and some experimental electronics to get the place moving. Their new single Fields was especially enticing. It’s a track that slaps you across the face with it’s juicy guitar riff and catchy hooks to get you dancing, nothing like a bit of groove to get you to dance away your dignity!
By the time Deep Sea Arcade sauntered on stage the crowd heaving, ready and waiting for an hour of head bopping pop rock, they were not disappointed. The boys dived right in with favourites from their stellar debut, Seen No Right and Granite City showcased the old school sounds the band is loved for. They create beautiful, vibrant music that has elements of old psychedelic surf rock and brit-pop mixed in with their trademark lo fi vocals. It’s the kind of music you’d imagine listening to on an old transistor radio.
Despite some of the more melancholy lyrical content, (see crowd favourite Lonely in Your Arms), Deep Sea Arcade are undeniably an upbeat band who just look like they were having the time of their lives up there. Even in some of their slower songs like Outlands, feelings of melancholy and optimism come in equal doses. Music aside it’s hard to be anything less than upbeat watching McKenzie walk the stage like a catwalk, pulling shapes left and right. It really does put smiles on dials.
New single Learning to Fly is a spacious, dreamy number with some futuristic synth thrown in for good measure. While quite a bit different from the first release, the song doesn’t depart too much from their original retro feel and it still feels very true to their style. As a huge fan, I am excited to see what this new direction will bring for the boys in their upcoming releases.
The lads rounded out the night with debut favourite, Girls. The crowd was more than happy to oblige with the lyrics and the crucial ‘Sha la la’s. The boys left stage to enthusiastic applause with the audience satiated by this juicy taster of what’s to come, for now. Deep Sea Arcade will certainly be welcomed back when they tour with their new release.