Life At The Arcade don’t want to fit in

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”

Life At The Arcade don’t want to fit in

By Wes Pilgrimage

Life At The Arcade formed in 2015 in Liverpool. Their Catfish-esque cacophony of upbeat indie pop rock has seen them grab the attention of gig goers and BBC 6 Music alike, as they ready their next single, due for release on 27 July. We caught up with drummer Paul Crilly to discuss family, football and doing your own thing.

What are you listening to, reading and watching at the moment?

We’ve been listening to Boy Azooga’s album a lot. We went to see them recently at the Shipping Forecast and they were quality so they’ve been on repeat since. The Indica Gallery and The Gear are favourites as well.

What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?

I think learning to just do our own thing and not worry about pleasing other people and trying to fit in. I think once we started to focus on being the band we wanted to be, we were able to progress and become happier with what we were writing.

What have you learned about yourself over the past five or so years?

That we’ll do anything for people who mean a lot to us. There’s nothing better than having people around you that you can rely on. We are very lucky really to have a lot of supportive people around us who make what we do a lot easier.

What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?

We all love going out for food and a bevvie, so that’s usually what our days together consist of. Although any day that consists of sitting in the sun with your mates listening/talking about music is a winner for me.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Having supportive family.

Complete this sentence: “Ace mental health for me means…”

Laughing all day and being surrounded by good people.

Do you have a daily routine of exercise or do you make it up as you go along?

I probably don’t exercise as much as I should, but we do want to get a five-a-side team up and running. So if there are any goalkeepers out there willing to put up with four below average players, get on us.

Here at The Mind Map we remember playing football and ‘tag’ – running around the playground everyday and loving it – can you share a similar memory?

Football on the playground was a classic. I distinctly remembering being an absolute world beater, so it’s a real shame I’m not at the World Cup.

What three songs lift your spirits?

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John

Medium Pace – Adam Sandler

Someday – The Strokes

What is your favourite self-help book, song lyric, or motivational quote?

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”

What advice do you offer to friends when they are feeling overwhelmed?

If anyone is ever feeling down Adam our guitarist is the man to go to. He’s without a doubt the most mature member of the band if advice is needed. If it was down to me I would suggest throwing on some chilled out music or trying your best to get out and about with your mates to take your mind of things though.

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