Sea Girls press photo. Taken by Phil Smithie

Interview: Sea Girls

2018 started much as 2017 closed for Sea Girls, on a quick, upward trajectory and with no looking back. Now with 2019 firmly in their sights, and a slew of jubilant, ever-expansive festival crowds still ringing in their ears, the fanbase has expanded and that trajectory remains heading in the same, skyward direction. I caught up with Rory prior to their show at The Joiners later this month.

Could you tell me about how you initially got involved with music and who influenced you most?

For most of us it all started with our parents. Henry’s mum was a DJ and a massive Prog-Rock fan. Andy’s parents were both in a band. School of Rock was probably very influential as well…let’s be honest.

Could you tell me about how the band came to be formed?
So we were in two rival bands at school, then in early 2015 both our drummers left. We decided to join forces and form Sea Girls.

Can you describe how you felt whilst after you’d released your first single?
Our first proper single was ‘Call Me Out‘, we were nervous beforehand but once it got out into the world and we saw the response people had to it, it gave us the validation and confidence to get out there and start playing live more.

For those who are new to your music which three tracks would you encourage them to check out first and why?
We like to show our musical diversity as we balance somewhere between Pop, Rock and Alternative. So we’d say that ‘All I want to Hear You Say‘ is our Pop banger, ‘Eat Me Whole‘ is our rousing Rock anthem and ‘Adored‘ our contemplative ear-worm.

We like to show our musical diversity as we balance somewhere between Pop, Rock and Alternative.

Over the years has your approach to performing live changed and if so how?
To be honest, it hasn’t changed at all. From the very first gig we did together we knew we were all about fun, high energy performances. We want to leave you after the gig saying ‘Wow’.

How do you feel when you share your music for the first time? Do you prefer to share new music live where you can see the crowd’s reaction first hand or online perhaps?
That’s a tricky one. Sometimes when you play a new song live you get that instant feedback – people moshing or a massive applause after – which we love. But online we get to see how our music interacts between us and our fans day to day through facebook and instagram, and that can be really heart-warming.

Sea Girls. Taken by Phil Smithie

What bands and artists are you currently listening to and how are they inspiring you to explore and implement new ideas with your music?
We’re all loving the new stuff coming from The 1975 so that gets our minds in gear for a massive Pop sound. Whilst Sam Fender keeps releasing thoughtful, elegant tracks that reminds us how much subtlety there can be in a guitar sound.

What can those fortunate enough to have tickets expect from your live show?
Some exotic hand movements from Henry is a given. Oli will stick his tongue out. A precision Bass face from Andy and Rory’s been practising his High-Kick…  Oh that, all our bangers and a few new tunes to boot.

What will the rest of the year have in store for you?
Well, we have plenty of stops around the UK and Ireland for our October headline tour including The Joiners Arms in Southampton on 20th October.  They’ll definitely be some shiny singles released whilst we beaver away working towards our Album coming out next year.


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