If there’s one thing the UK music scene does well, it’s produce indie bands that go from selling out their local boozer to eventually conquering the world stage – and all the while still singing about their typically British misspent youth. Sheffield’s got Arctic Monkeys, Dundee’s got The View, London’s got Blur and The Libertines, and Manchester has everyone else.
Indie is as British as it gets when it comes to music and it’s what we’re good at – but, who’s representing Newcastle? Alternative indie four-piece Deep.Sleep is one of the most promising new talents making their way in Newcastle’s thriving local music scene.
Once described as ‘The 1975 meets New Order’, the Geordie quartet burst onto the scene in 2017 with their debut single ‘1994’ – a track that received praise from the likes of NME and Gigwise before doing the rounds on local radio stations such as BBC Introducing and Spark Sunderland.
The band then quickly followed up with another two singles in ‘Soho’ and ‘Slow Down’. After a string of sold-out headline shows in the North East under their belt, the boys had their sights set on the nation, earning themselves spots on huge festivals like Kendal Calling and Tramlines during the summer of 2017.
“This is the greatest city in the world with the greatest people on the planet”
That was last year, so what has Deep.Sleep got in store for 2018? This summer they’ve already got three festival appearances to their name, including Newcastle’s own Hit The North, Hook & Gun Festival in Wakefield and a triumphant return to Kendall Calling. Don’t fret, however, as you can still catch the band’s angsty yet upbeat melodies at Solfest this August, at London’s Hoxton Square Bar in September, or at their headline homecoming show at the Cumberland Arms in November.
Other than relentlessly gigging all year, Deep.Sleep has also been in the studio cooking up some new music just in time for the hot weather, with their first single of 2018, ‘Orange English Sun’, released at the end of June.
Speaking on the new single, frontman Dan Frend said: “’Orange English Sun’ was written as a love letter to youth. I always joke on stage that we won the lottery of life being from Newcastle but I mean it every time: this is the greatest city in the world with the greatest people on the planet and I love it, so we wrote a song about it”. Don’t sleep on Deep.Sleep as they might just be the ones to put Newcastle on the map.
To find out more about Deep.Sleep head to Facebook.com/Deep.SleepUK.