We’re lucky enough to have one of Manchester’s most exciting new bands, The Deep Blue, hitting the stage here for the first time on the 21st February so we had a chat about all things music!
Welcome to The Bodega! How are you all feeling about hitting the road?
We are beyond excited, can finally cross Bodega off the hit list! We’ve been itching to get back out on the road and these 12 shows are going to be magical, I can feel it already.
You had an amazing festival season last summer, are you looking forward to getting out into perhaps more intimate venue spaces compared to the open air shows?
Definitely, we love connecting with our audiences in intimate venues and interacting with the crowd through our singalong moments. As much as we love prancing around massive festival stages, being able to dance together on tiny stages makes us feel like we’re just at a really fun house party.
Do you find that festivals are a good gauge when it comes to testing new material?
100%! Some of the songs we’ve just recorded have earned their place in our upcoming EP mainly because of how strongly people have reacted to them during festival sets. We’re talking tears, we’re talking group hugs & often receiving emotional Instagram messages after we step off stage.
Talking of new material you recently released a captivating new single titled ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ in response to the media’s narrative surrounding borders and asylum seekers. Do you feel that, now especially, music is more powerful than ever when discussing important current affairs?
I think that music has always been an effective vehicle for delivering powerful views. We often find ourselves frustrated at current affairs and songwriting is our way of letting people know what we stand for as a band.
As a band you seem to draw from lots of different areas of life when it comes to songwriting, can you tell us more about this process?
As many bands do, we find that our life experiences work their way into our songs and the people, places and issues we care about make appearances in our lyrics, whether we like it or not! Our latest EP was our coming-of-age release and though we are in no way fully grown up, figuring out our twenties within this band of wonderful women has massively enriched our lives. Sometimes we’ll sing a new song for the first time in rehearsal and all burst into tears because we know that we’re singing about something difficult our bandmate is going through. Rehearsal can often feel like letting someone read your diary!
Your vocal harmonies are something that really stuck out to us here at The Bodega, was this something that sort of fell into place or was it an idea that eventually became a reality?
Georgia and I (Niamh) are obsessed with 3-part harmony and we wrote a set of indie-pop/folk tunes during lockdown dreaming of singing them on festival stages with 3 powerful lead singers. We had heard Katie’s stunning voice in an opera workshop a couple of years earlier so we gave her a phone call when lockdown lifted, she came round to Georgia’s garden for a rehearsal & The Deep Blue was born! It sounds cheesy but the first time we sang together in harmony made me smile so hard my cheeks hurt.
We hope you have an amazing show! Before you shoot off, if there was one song you could play live as your own what would it be?
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads. No question.
The Deep Blue play The Bodega on the 21st February. Tickets on sale now.