We chatted with Arcade Hearts about their exciting new tunes, dislike of being labelled and distaste for the “online game”

Music is often assigned a label either during or shortly after its conception. It is characterised by genre, placed into its box and sent away. This, however, is not an ideology that Gosport’s Arcade Hearts seem to subscribe to. Their sound borrows from a wide array of styles, ranging from indie, to disco, to new-wave, to pop and beyond. The music that they create is very much their own, with Dan Smith’s unmistakable crooned vocals extenuating this.

The CloseUp stalwarts established themselves as force to be reckoned with last years self titled EP, and their recent follow ups and their relentless touring schedule seem to imply that this momentum isn’t fading anytime soon. We caught up with the outfit to find out a little more about them.

Who TF are Arcade Hearts?

Arcade Hearts are a 4 piece from a rough old town, who struggle with being labelled.

How long have you been making music?

As Arcade Hearts today? About 2 and a half years.

Why do you make music?

Because when you find something good, its really hard to let go of it.

What are your biggest influences?

At the start it was Fickle Friends, because they combined guitar hooks and synths to create a modern indie-pop. Its expanded greatly from then. We listen to some fairly heavy stuff and some happy pop at the same time.

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

The beginning of 2019, we had Radio One’s one’s to watch 2019, a sold out Southampton Joiners and a nearly sold Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge coming up. It was a pretty surreal feeling for a band that has never had a Spotify playlist or industry backing.

What do you want people to take away from your music?

Just honesty. Everything that you hear, enjoy or hate, was done purely from us and how we felt or wanted to sound like at the time.

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

A sold out tour of any size. The live game excites us more than the online game, the online game depresses us.
We feel bands and artists get so caught up in the online game that they forget the live side is where really memories and moments are made between artists and audiences.

You have recently released the singles ‘Y U?’ and ‘Get Close’, can you tell us some more about them?

We personally believe they are our best pieces of work to date. ‘Y U?’ was this more downtempo(ish) light-hearted cry about a person or moment, where as ‘Get Close’ we tried to stab you in heart with an honest truth about technology and mental health. Did we mention Synths?

Your sound has often seemed to transcend genre in a lot of ways, is this a conscious decision you have made?

Yeah definitely, and we’re glad you’ve picked up on it. We don’t like having to write within certain boundaries, we write want we want to write.

I guess the best way to imagine it is a dog on a leash walking across a beach, it’s going to drag and pull in all different directions, but we’re still in the centre.

What plans do you have for the near future?

We pushing pretty hard for a tour support, it’s probably the only way we’re going to grow as we struggle to get any placement online. And if we’re being humble we bang live.

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

Probably Sam Tucker from CloseUp, he has genuinely talked us out of some horrible mental holes. Hopefully because he just loves it. 

‘Y U?’ and ‘Get Close’ are available now