LAWRENCE ROTHMAN

BRIT ELECTROPOP DUO NEW ARCADES (ADAM SUL­LI­VAN AND DEAN CANTY) MAY BE THE NEW PET SHOP BOYS. MARC AN­DREWS DIGS DEEPER…

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DNA: When did you de­cide to get se­ri­ous about New Arcades as a band?

Dean: We both come from mu­si­cal back­grounds and have worked to­gether for a while in mu­sic. We made one song and put it on Sound­cloud. The great feed­back got us ex­cited about the pro­ject. We haven’t looked back.

Do you still have day jobs?

I de­sign art­work for movies and Adam is a free­lance sound en­gi­neer.

How did you meet?

It’s a funny story re­gard­ing spon­ta­neously singing a line each to Hello by Lionel Richie – a beau­ti­ful mo­ment. We hadn’t spo­ken be­fore that mo­ment [laugh­ter]. That set in mo­tion the friend­ship we have to­day.

Many peo­ple as­sume male duos do­ing synth pop are a gay cou­ple.

In this case the as­sump­tion would be wrong. We are straight, best mates, like broth­ers.

No­body’s per­fect. Are you part of the fine pop duo tra­di­tion of Pet Shop Boys, Era­sure, Hurts, etc?

We have a lot of love for those acts, es­pe­cially Hurts. We like the di­verse style and pro­gres­sion of their sound from their first al­bum to where they’re at now. They’ve taken the ’80s sound and made it their own in a mod­ern way. Who are your mu­si­cal heroes?

Lots of dif­fer­ent bands like Third Eye Blind, m83, Vangelis. For Adam, it’s got to be Chris De Burgh [laughs], or oldies like Led Zep­pelin, Queen and Dire Straits.

How would you de­fine your mu­sic?

It’s elec­tronic pop and in­die/elec­tronic in places. We like to ex­plore the ’80s sound, but ex­per­i­ment with fu­ture sounds. It’s all part of the pro­gres­sion of the band. With the name of the band we were think­ing of some­thing both retro and fresh. “New” stays cur­rent and “Arcades” were an awe­some part of grow­ing up – the lights, the sounds, ev­ery­thing about it so clas­sic.

Do you have a par­tic­u­lar stage look?

We love the slim fit, old school Adi­das sam­bas, some­thing typ­i­cal of ’80s movies. It suits the sound and it’s a nice trend. A lot of po­made goes into my hair, too!

Which one of you is the sex god of the group?

We both like to think of our­selves as sex gods but in re­al­ity don’t quite live up to the ti­tle!

Any plans to do gay events or par­ties in the fu­ture?

If we were in­vited we’d be more than happy to. It would be a great laugh and prob­a­bly the best show. If any op­por­tu­ni­ties come our way we’ll be sure to take them. We have quite a few LGBT friends, some of them very close and we have so much love for them. When you’re not mak­ing mu­sic what do you like to do?

We play a lot of foot­ball when we aren’t in­jured, which seems to be all the time.

Foot­ball? Do you both have good legs?

We both have ex­tremely slim foot­baller’s legs. Tay­lor Swift or Katy Perry?

Tay Tay all the way!

What Pet Shop Boys song would you cover?

It’s got to be West End Girls!

At the beach: speedos, board­shorts or nude? To­tally nude! Just kid­ding. If we were to­tally nude we would blind ev­ery­one with how pale we are. Board­ies.

What’s your mes­sage to the gay men of the world? Leg­ends, love each other, have a drink and party to New Arcades like there’s no to­mor­row.

We both like to think of our­selves as sex gods but don’t quite live up to the ti­tle!

NEW ARCADES ADAM AND DEAN: “WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR OUR LGBT FRIENDS.”

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