A disco-pop bop channeling ‘This Too Shall Pass’ energy
Jessie Atkinson
15:47 15th March 2019

“Just like the old man said, ‘it’ll be alright, Kiddo,’” opens new Arcades single ‘Kiddo’, a pop/rock disco anthem that advocates for better mental health from the off. On the new track, the colourful Leicester quartet present a delightful guitar manifesto against living in misery. 

Buoyed up and down on a carousel bass-line, ‘Kiddo’ benefits from singer Tommy Cobley’s distinctive vocal tone, a killer melody and a smattering of twinkling guitar. A hookworm with just the stuff to conduct a mosh pit into ecstasy, ‘Kiddo’ is a reminder that all feelings pass, and that you may as well dance until they do.

Of the subject matter behind the track, Tommy said: “I wrote Kiddo whilst going through a very dark period in my personal life. It’s about fighting off those little demons inside your head that can sometimes get the better of us all. It all came from a phone call I had with my dad back in early 2018…Being able to finish writing it was like putting those dark times to bed for good - None of us are perfect and that’s what makes us perfect. Don’t suffer alone. Seek the help that is there. This song’s for you guys"

Arcades play:

APRIL
03 - Portsmouth, Edge Of The Wedge
05 - London, Nambucca
06 - Birmingham, Actress and Bishop
11 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
13 - Bath, Moles
19 - Bishop Stortford, Rose & Crown
20 - Reading, Purple Turtle
21 - Brighton, Prince Albert
23 - Nottingham, The Maze
24 - Newcastle, Tyne Bank Brewery
25 - Leeds, Lending Room
26 - Glasgow, 13th Note
27 - Manchester, Peer Hat

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