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Deep Sea Arcade

20,000 leagues oceanbound, the idea of a deep sea arcade is just too delightful. Blips and barnacles, Pacman and pufferfish, nautical gangs of amused teens surrounding pinball clams — now that’s a party worth the dive. With a killer new single, another hint of a forthcoming album, and a name that simply screams aquatic adventure, […]
By Bridie Connellan
August 22, 2010
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By Bridie Connellan
August 22, 2010
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20,000 leagues oceanbound, the idea of a deep sea arcade is just too delightful. Blips and barnacles, Pacman and pufferfish, nautical gangs of amused teens surrounding pinball clams — now that's a party worth the dive. With a killer new single, another hint of a forthcoming album, and a name that simply screams aquatic adventure, Sydney nu-psych, be-bop, Beatles-pop outfit Deep Sea Arcade are back for Spring with a dangerously contagious 7" vinyl to launch.

As the highly anticipated follow-up to zingers Lonely In Your Arms and the effortlessly infectious Don't Be Sorry, DSA's latest offering Keep On Walking brings the same brand of psych journey and trippy rock that has seen airwaves and audiences efficiently lose any sense of crowd decorum. A glorious fusion of The Turtles, The Easybeats, The Zombies and any other significant 'The' circa 1965, the classic vocals of Nic McKenzie and his troupe of catchy anglerfish successfully join the host of retro throwbacks rearing their heads of late, with the likes of The Drums, Hungary Kids of Hungary and The Big Pink similarly bringing twangy back.

It's nice to think of DSA as 'controlled psychedelia', as their swirling bop of a sound agreeably spinning the senses without straying too far into shoegaze virtuosity. With the launch of their freshest single for a measly $5 at Oxford Art Factory next week, the fivesome's well-packaged Sixties-esque storytelling is a dish best served in courses, with appetizers and entrees rolling from fellow Sydneysiders Wim, Sleepyhands and DJ Marty Doyle. Mad props for local produce.

As the fivesome continue to release the pieces of their anticipated LP track by track, the novelty of a vinyl launch is nothing short of appropriate, as this five-piece are slowly but surely making themselves as collectible as McCartney merchandise. But in all seriousness, any band that cites their middle names as 'Time Chamber', 'Cyborg' and 'Treasure Cat' is not something to pass up without a quick snorkel.

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