Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Girls” by Deep Sea Arcade from their 2012 album, Outlands, on Ivy League Records.
Australians Nic McKenzie and Nick Weaver spent much of their formative years songwriting, recording, and pretty much creating a large catalog of demos which would ultimately form the foundation of their project, Deep Sea Arcade. After recruiting guitarists Tim Chamberlain, Simon Relf, as well as drummer Carlos Adura, they gained fast notoriety with Sydney’s premier radio station, Triple J, receiving significant airplay for their early singles, “Crouch End” and “Don’t Be Sorry.” Soon after, they made the finals of the 2010 Spirit of Youth Awards, which recognized excellence in music. The band then signed to Sydney label Ivy League Records in 2011, whereupon they gained even more notoriety, touring with the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Modest Mouse, and Cloud Control, as well as earning permanent rotation on UK station BBC Radio 1 and Triple J with their well-received record, Girls.
Whether referencing their contemporaries like the Dandy Warhols or early-era Oasis, or echoing their predecessors, The Beach Boys and The Beatles, Deep Sea Arcade love for 60’s psychedelic guitar pop shows in their music, and in particular, their single, “Girls.” Though they may be from Syndey, Australia, the song’s anthemic guitar riffs, driving bass lines, catchy hooks and frontman Nic McKenzie’s Oasis-esque vocal demonstrate the band’s prowess for making really good Britpop.
Their latest offering, Outlanders, is out now on Ivy League Records. In May, they’ll be supporting The Kaiser Chiefs for an Australian tour. For a list of tour dates, as well as more band-related info, consult their Facebook and MySpace pages. In the meantime, check out the video for “Girls”: