Arcadia Sun are a collective 5 piece band from all over the UK and Poland, based in Liverpool. The band formed in the spring of 2018 after a musical shuffle and a complete rebrand. The Individual band members different styles and influences have forged the Arcadia Sun sound into an Anthemic rock, with a 90’s indie vibe headed up by strong and catchy vocal melodies. In summer of 2018 Arcadia Sun, signed with Liverpool based Evolution Records after a storming summer performance at the ‘Liverpool Pier Head Village Festival’ and are currently in the process of recording their debut album due out in the Summer of 2020.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
We are Arcadia Sun, from Liverpool, England. I’m Tony Manley lead singer/songwriter. We’ve been together now as Arcadia Sun for almost a year and a half, me and Adrian our guitarist has been knocking about in bands for years. Bart our drummer has also been in other bands with us. Gareth, Guitar and James, Bass joined last year.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
We class ourselves as indie/rock/alternative as I think we do cover most of the bases in our songs and live shows. My influences are The Beatles, Oasis, The Verve, Cast, Pulp, later and now I’m into more about the melody, so Snow Patrol, Keane and Coldplay are big draws when writing melodies. Oasis were the very first band that made me want to be in a band. Liam Gallagher was the first singer who made me want to sing. I was totally tone-deaf but practised to Oasis tunes every day they moulded my voice so I’m forever grateful to them for that. Our other band members will probably tell you I’m still tone-deaf.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
Well, we are currently recording our album for release next year. We’ve just shot the video for our next single Lifeline which was released on November the 29th with a big single launch party and video premiere at Jimmy’s Liverpool on the same date.
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Life is good. Hard to juggle working full time, 2 kids and gigging, recording etc. But I do it because I love it, you have too.
What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
I whistle in the morning sun, like life in earth had just begun. From an upcoming song (Walk in the Park).
And the saddest…?
I could live my life caring what they all say, make them prison guards patrolling my head. From an upcoming album track (Paradigm).
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
Wouldn’t want to live in a submarine in any colour, I’m far too claustrophobic. Definitely rather live in an Octopus’s Garden would come out of the shade though, do love me some sunshhhiinnneee.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
Played the 02 Academy in Liverpool which was great. We supported Space at Live Rooms in Chester which was definitely one of our favourite gigs and biggest crowd we’ve played to as well. Dream Venue… Liverpool Philharmonic, M&S Bank Arena, The Eventim Olympia. Obviously one of the major festivals on any stage.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
Love to support Liam Gallagher as he made me want to sing and be in a band. Also Snow Patrol I’d love to support them, they have a big influence on me these days.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
Performing on stage, it’s the part I love the most.
And the hardest…?
The hardest is juggling a full-time job with 2 kids with practice, writing, and gigging as much as possible. But if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t put myself through it.
Sum your band up in three words?
Anthemic, melodic and idiotic.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
‘Can You See Me Now?’ Our last single, also new single ‘Single Lifeline’.
Liam or Noel? Liam
Boris or Jezza? All twats! But if I have to, Jezza.
Pineapple on pizza – yes or not? Yes.
Beatles or Stones? Beatles.