Deep Sea Arcade have been touring across the country with special guests The Cairos and Woe and Flutter in tow. Their first Melbourne show at the Phoenix Public House sold out, and their homage to 90s beat, northern rock ‘n’ roll and Madchester sounds continues to pack rooms everywhere.
Tell me how the tour has been going. It’s great! It’s the first bunch of gigs we’ve done where everyone knows the words and yells them at us. It’s a nice feeling.
As your debut album, is Outlands the album that you set out to make? Definitely. It was a long time in the making and we did everything we could to make it sound exactly how we wanted it to, while driving managers, record labels, recording engineers and families completely round the bend.
What would you do differently if you had another shot? It’s hard to say. We recorded a lot of the songs several times in several different ways before we felt they were finished, so I suppose I could say we’d like to have found that perfect process first go every time. But that would be unrealistic. I think all the songs went through all the necessary roads to completion. If anything, it would’ve been nice to do a couple more of the songs with Dan Grech (the Kooks, The Vaccines) in the UK. Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold quite effortlessly. But like I said, we’re very happy with the outcome.
What were the big surprises for you in the recording process? Granite City. This one was a bit of an underdog that turned out to be one of our faves. It was recorded in one take with the full band playing in a live room in Sydney’s Ransom Street Studios. It just worked straight away and we were all very pleasantly surprised. We mixed it with a guy from London called Time And Space Machine, who is primarily a remix artist. He had an awesome take on the song that was equally as surprising as the recording process. It became something we hadn’t imagined but totally loved.
How do you bridge that gap between album and live show; how do you adapt what you present on stage in relation to your album sound? The stage show is definitely more rock ‘n’ roll. It’s louder and rawer, which just comes naturally from trying to create something energetic. We’ve spent a lot of time as a support band over the past couple of years, trying to do a fast, nasty in-ya-face kind of set to win over all the people who’ve never heard of us. It’s only on this tour that we’ve started playing some of the slower songs on the album. That’s been a lot of fun and I think we present them really well. I’ve noticed young couples romancing each other during that part of the set, which is a good sign.
You’ve had Album of the Week across several media… has that helped lift the band’s profile? Are you seeing a greater uptake of your music? Yes definitely, we’ve been very lucky with all that album of the week business. Our audiences used to be made up of mostly familiar faces and that’s definitely changed.
Also I did a fantastic underwater face plant in Byron last time we were there. I saw a physio who turned out to be a fan of the band. Weird things like that are happening more. The recognition I mean, not the face planting.
Any plans for world domination? Of course! Duh. If you’re referring to overseas touring, yes we will be heading to the UK and hopefully the US later this year. It’ll be our third UK trip and we generally have a blast over there. We’ve always been keen to remain Aussies though. We like beaches and huge burgers too much.
What should we expect for your Byron show? Lots of songs, as well as a showcase of Carlos’s newfound golf skills.
Deep Sea Arcade’s Outlands album is out now. Catch them Friday at Byron’s Beach Hotel. Free show.