New Arcades

FRESH: ‘Excuses’ – New Arcades

New Arcades take no “Excuses”

Those totally fab boys, New Arcades, are back with a stonking new slice of retro-pop with their new single, “Excuses”, out today! Anyone that’s a fan of the 80’s retro synth wave (which we are here at talkaboutpopmusic.com) will already be aware of them from when we helped promote their single “When You Need Me” last year. They have been busy with four releases since then, building quite a collection of awesome retro anthems since they debuted back in 2014.

New Arcades are a London based, electronic music duo consisting of Dean Canty and Adam Sullivan. With a combination of vintage synths, contemporary production and melodic vocals, they create a nostalgic, 80’s inspired sound. After putting out various singles and EPs, the end of 2019 saw the release of their debut album, “Returning Home”. They are currently releasing music through AWAL. Their music has also appeared on films such as ‘Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong’ and ‘Alight Beneath Their Feet’ and more recently they contributed an exclusive track for the mobile game ‘RetroDrive’!

During this time they have also played various shows throughout the UK as well as a live studio session for BBC Radio. They are currently busy writing their next album with more live shows currently booked for 2021. 2020 has seen new songs “Yours”, “Together Again” and now “Excuses”, which makes album number two all the more exciting to wait for! We will keep you posted! New Arcades have collaborated with some great artists in different ways, including NINA, Dana Jean Phoenix, Futurecop! and Timecop1983.

Stay in touch with New Arcades through their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!