Deep Sea Arcade talk touring the world
If your dream is to tour the world with your band, party in French mansions and sing karaoke in front of a crowd in Berlin, then Deep Sea Arcade are living your dream. The Sydney 5 piece has had quite the year in 2012, releasing their debut album Outlands, touring Europe and filming their dreamy, colourful clip for Granite City along the way. With the boys about to hit the festival trail this summer, we managed to catch up with bass player Nick Weaver to talk about the highlights and crazy moments of life on the road.
How many countries have you travelled to?
As a touring band we've been to England, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, and New Zealand.
If you could narrow it down, what would be your top three?
I'd say Berlin, Brussels and Barcelona. They all start with B and they're full of great venues and friendly people.
You recently went on tour in Europe and the UK – what was the itinerary like?
It was a bit quick unfortunately but we did get to do a lot of driving across Europe. Innsbruck (Austria) and its surroundings was the most incredible scenic driving I'd ever done. The whole place is a living postcard.
Highlight of the tour?
Maybe Brussels? We played in a really cool circus themed club to a really enthusiastic crowd of completely gorgeous Belgians. It would've been cool to stay more than a day but we probably would've fallen in love and never come home.
Our guitarist Jimmy taking over Berlin.
Did you have a favourite place that you’d like to spend more time in?
It's hard to pick a favourite but I'd really like to spend more time in Manchester. We spent a day walking around there and it just wasn't enough. We could've spent a week just record shopping.
Your film clip for Granite City was shot at a mansion in Normandy and throughout Europe – what was it like staying at a French mansion?
It was amazing. We somehow got this place for very cheap through an apartment sharing website and took a bunch of people down there and had a big party for 2 days. It was such a secluded little town that looked like it hadn't changed for 250 years.
You’ve played quite a few festivals, both local and international – which one has been your favourite?
One that stands out is Primavera Sound in Barcelona. I'd never been to anything like it. Just about every band you could ever want to see was there.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?
We missed out on going to the US this year. I'd really love to tour across the states in a big bus. Hopefully we'll get a chance soon.
What’s next for the band?
We doing Peats Ridge and Big Day Out and then we have time off touring to keep writing music. We're looking at spending a few months recording and writing in London from around March next year too. We'll have a new album before long.
To catch an up-coming Deep Sea Arcade gig, check the band’s website.
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