On The Record: Indie duo New Arcades chat to us about influences, lyricism and ‘Hideaway’

Hey! Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

We’ve been friends for over 11 years!  (My word it’s gone fast)! We do everything in-house: write, produce/record and mix and sometimes master at our home studios in Herts and London. We’ve had a song featured in two movies -Don’t Let Go was in ‘Already Tomorrow In Kong’ and ‘A light beneath their feet’.


What are your musical influences?

We listen to lots of different stuff but here’s some on the list: M83, Third Eye Blind, The Cure, Michael Jackson, U2, Bon Iver, Purity Ring, Chromatics, Twin Shadow, Bleachers, The Police,  Jimmy Eat World, A flock of seagulls, various movie soundtracks (scores and OSTS – Blade Runner, Sing Street). Current listening – Haerts, The Aces, Anna of the North, Pale Waves, Magic Man. 

What do you like to do outside of your career in music? 

Travelling, design, art, sports, live events and production, movies. Lots of movies! Oh and food…


How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

We think we’ve progressed our sound to be less restricted and have opened up different avenues by using new sounds in our recordings. We’ve been a bit more expressive in the lyrics and music. We’ve used a drummer for a few shows as well (incorporating electronic sample pads to get the feel of the record across). We still have an 80’s feel to our music but we think we’ve improved our production and song structures with the new material. 

Where are you based, and how does your city impact your music? 

London/Hertfordshire. We record in London and have played quite a few shows in the capital too. It’s good to have the exposure playing live to such diverse place. London has some great venues too. Naturally being from London, it comes across in our delivery of production/sound and vocals. So we have a “home for our sound”, and we are proud of it!

What does the new release draw upon thematically?

Lyrically its very honest, mainly about not opening up about how you feel and dealing with anxiety. It’s hopeful though! Musically it’s got an 80’s flavour with the bass and synth pads. We wanted it to feel cinematic, with the introspective lyrics and music that really builds to a big end. We kind of picture it in a John Hughes film from the 80’s.

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

Currently writing more music and plans to play more shows towards the end of the year/start of next. Hopefully some more features, would love to tour!  We may also work on a vinyl to put out over the coming months. As a special edition for our awesome fans!


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