Following two years and a smattering of releases that have seen the band championed by Fred Perry, Gigwise and It’s All Indie to name a few, Deep.Sleep are back with new single, You and I. Daniel Frend from the band spoke with The Fountain about the new track as well as the venues in the North East he is keen to play live again.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to You and I?
Yeah, the reception has been great so far! We’ve had some really kind words come through about it. Releasing a single is always a bit nerve-wracking because I suppose, at least for me, it feels a bit like what parents must feel like when they send their kids off to school for the first time. The single and the B-Side mean so much to me, it’s great to see people on Instagram and Twitter enjoying it.
TF: How would you sum up the single in one sentence?
It’s riddled with anxiety and as loud as the echo-chamber that keeps my mind busy at night.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Well we’re a bit stuck there because we’re in lockdown haha! I’m very fortunate that I moved in with Greenup (bass) at the start of the year because we live in this environment where everything we seem to do has some sort of creative touch to it. We’re hoping to just box the next record off and start working on some demos for the 2021 tracks I think.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live?
I think my favourite venue so far, from the ones we’ve had the opportunity to play would have to be Tyne Bank Brewery in Newcastle. Cole and Allan have done an immense job at making one of the North East’s best hidden haunts into this incredible environment for grassroots bands to make a racket in and they’ve been so important for keeping everybody’s heads above water this year. They serve the absolute best bao buns you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting too. Honourable shout out to Jimmy’s in Manchester (RIP) too. It was so intimate, and loud, and full from floor to ceiling with music history and it’ll be a big miss when we next tour.
TF: Where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Think Tank? in Newcastle for me. We were meant to play this incredible, sold out hometown show at the start of the year before we made our way around the UK on tour and for festival season so I can’t wait to finally get round to doing that when it’s safe to do so. It’s something we’ve been planning since the back end of 2019 so it’ll feel very cathartic to bring this show to life.