THE DEEP BLUE?
Born out of the lockdown, The Deep Blue are a Manchester-based all-female alternative group with a focus on complex three-part harmonies, sensitive, yet powerful lyricism and catchy pop sensibilities. They are quietly outspoken with an air of rebelliousness and punk attitude fused with hypnotically beautiful melodies and intertwined instrumentations. Their lyrics range from small, detailed vignettes and musings to anthemic calls to arms, with strong elements of storytelling and always deeply personal and reflective.
Supporting The Amazons at Manchester Academy
Playing Greenman Fest Rising Stage
Sold out headline show at Deaf Institute, Manchester
Highlights of 2022:
Headline shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester
Signed with ATC Live
Released 2 tracks: BBC introducting, BBC 6 music, Amazing Radio, Alex Rainbird compilation
Liverpool Sound City (queues outside)
Doune The Rabbit Hole
Greenman Rising Stage
All Points East
The intro track. This is a hello from The Deep Blue. A raw and unprocessed recording of our harmonies - the life blood of the band. The lyrics herald something good is oncoming...
1. Something good
2. How about it?
The feminist power bop. The Deep Blue love nothing more than a soft f***k you and here we have one. Wrapped in bouquet of harmonies and poetry is an anger and a bitterness at the world. An outcry for safety in the skins we live in.
A grungy urban environment at night captures the theme of the song. The subjects look powerful and defiant; queens of the metropolitan jungle.
The grunge of the environment and lighting would be softened by the styling. See styling.
'How About It?' was written in the aftermath of the Sarah Everard case. For us it felt like suddenly there were warnings on every screen of danger at every turn. There was no escape from the idea that we were unsafe.
This idea themes oppressive walls of screens and piles of ugly technology. Representing the omnipresent warning from the world outside.
3. Lost boy
The take-you-places song. Time to take a breath and lean your forehead against the cool glass. Remember your school years, mine were filled with shopping trolleys and plastic bottles.
Here is a softer nostalgic sound. A tug back to The Deep Blue's folky roots. It's a sad-story song but with a playful edge. Themes of misspent youth and coming of age.
A nostalgic vibe, edgey but still soft and playful. Creating a world that's like the past but isn't - with a kooky vibe. Like a dream!
I have this idea of taking a shopping trolley and building it into a ship like wee boys might do; sails and flags made out of teatowels, decorated with crisp packets and string.
Also quite like the idea of hundreds of paper aeroplanes.
4. Lake house
The sad-movie song. This is one for a drizzly autumn walk with your feelings. Still a bit of a power ballad but one that makes you shed a couple of tears. A touch of the 80's and some clever lyricism, it puts our harmonies in a slighter darker place.
This idea has two components; water and darkness.
I like the idea of clothes in water. Fully dressed and wading into a lake. Not in a pretty instagram way but in a slightly dark and unpleasant way. There is a slight sinister edge here.
I picture this song in low level light. Dusky colours and grainy pictures. Something that captures the cold dark north.
We all have our own individual styles within the band but over all we follow bold colours, clean lines, coordinated colour schemes, smart, strong and gender fluid. Our photos often have a sense of fun or include an abstract link to the songs. We like our photos to tell a story and our clothes to catch people's eye. As we grow as a band our image and style grows with us.
THE DEEP BLUE // INSPIRATION