Bringin’ It Backwards: Interview with Deacon Blue

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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue over Zoom video! 

DEACON BLUE recentlyreleased Riding on the Tide of Love, which features eightbrand new songs, via earMUSIC. The record is a lockdown-recorded companion to the 2020-released City of Love.

Deacon Blue have shared the lyric video for the title track. Watch + listen here.

The song is a declaration of love in a time of adversity — the one thing that gets us all through difficult times. Though the lyrics might be dark in parts, the signature harmonies of Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh leave us with an upbeat and hopeful message: the tide of love will keep us afloat. 

“But I’m living / And I’m breathing / And I’m real/And I’m sliding / And I’m clinging /But you’re here/And I’m riding on the tide of love!”

 “After City of Love was finished, I looked through songs which might have been on the album,” shares Ross. “I realized too late how perfectly ‘Riding on the Tide of Love’ would have fit on the record. These things sometimes happen when you’re in the middle of a creative project. However, as fate would have it, we realized that this was a better song for the year we’ve just been through. It’s about optimism in the face of a bad series of events. The world keeps turning and love is still our best and only way out.”

Riding on the Tide of Love springs from a fertile time in the band’s career and serves to extend that rich vein of creative form. 

“This album is a continuation of City of Love, a companion [record] that we recorded piece by piece, going into the studio one-by-one to record our individual parts. But despite being apart, it’s brought us all together, and we hope it will bring you together, too. It was made with love by us, for you, to help with the ride. Until we see you again, with love from Deacon Blue.”

A limited colored vinyl edition + signed print will be available exclusively on the Deacon Blue Shop here

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