One of the most exciting new bands from the U.K., Sea Girls, will play Hurricane Festival, Scheessel and Southside Festival in Germany this summer. Speaking to the band, whose single “All I Want To Hear You Say” was featured by famous radio host Annie Mac as Hottest Record (of the World), we found out about their daydream philosophy, their songwriting process and the DJ-carreer of the lead singer’s mom.
Your band name derived from simply misunderstanding a line in a Nick Cave song. What is the biggest misunderstanding one could have about you as a band?
That we are just a guitar band.
Starting around 2006 there had been a huge Britpop revival. In the last couple of years this kind of music seems to have almost disappeared. Has the time come for a re-revival of britpop/brit rock (with you as one of its protagonists)?
For us we don’t like to think of revivals or disappearance of music we are just concerned with good music and we are making the music that is true to us as a band. We are in love with guitar music and always have been so we naturally went down that route with our songs. If there is a revival of some sort of course let’s be a part of it. Our live shows feel really exciting and something is happening for us and I like to think it’s the same for lots of other bands.
The power of a good song can be to evoke a kind of daydream and guide you through it.
You say for yourself, that you daydream a lot. What’s the difference between daydreams and dreams at night? And how do your daydreams influence your music?
Daydreams are far more idyllic and human. Dreams at night are more full of dilemma and out of your control. So I would say I have control over writing a song like you would daydream. I first started writing to enhance things I feel in daydreams. However most of our songs have light and shade in them so those night dreams have a place.
I get excited over sounds and songs so the power of a good song can be to evoke a kind of daydream and guide you through it. So why not create songs like that. Songs are powerful ways of altering mood so that’s what happens to me when I hear a song.
Considering you have yet to publish your debut album you have a rather high output of songs. Is this a sign of a creative overload or rather part of a trial and error process in finding yourself as a band?
It’s getting too excited not to put songs out. We are really enjoying being able to share songs that are relevant to us as we make them rather than waiting a year or so to put them all on an album. Of course we are holding songs back for the album but we have no intention in slowing down.
Your mother was a DJ, so as a child you probably were especially confronted with catchy music made for the dancefloor. Do you feel it is still affecting the way you write your songs?
She was more a Prog and folk DJ so it was more world altering sounds. I grew up with King Crimson ELP, Stelie Span to Fleetwood Mac. I guess dancefloor music I discovered later and that massively affected me to want to make music to move bodies than rather just move emotion.
A song should evoke something in you and move you.
In an interview you once said, “The bands that resonate through any period of music are the ones with the strength of writing”. What defines greatness in writing in your eyes?
Good question. I think good songwriting is just the ability to alter people’s state when they listen to a song. A song should evoke something in you and move you.
You appear to sing a lot about your own insecurities and fears. Is writing songs helping you to work through those issues?
100% … you feel a kind of power and rest from acknowledging it. I have an itch to express myself in whatever way. I think everybody is full of insecurities so it would be hard not to include that. I don’t curate what I write about so I’ll put down joy insecurity, sadness, excitement as and when it feels right, the song can be good.
The bittersweet lyrics, the catchy hooks, your music seems to be made for big audiences, resembling for example “The Killers”. Do you prefer playing in front of a huge festival crowd or an intense, sweaty gig in a smaller venue?
I love both equally. Really love both it’s the opportunity to give people an experience which is what I relish. We have no limit to or bottom end as long as we try it all.
When starting out as a band, you swapped around instruments quite a bit. How does it affect your process of songwriting, when almost everyone is familiar with every task in a band?
I think it gives us a pretty diverse approach to songwriting with ideas for guitar melody that can come from everyone.
The ultimate goal is to be able to do this until we die.
Oli even started learning to play the drums from scratch. This shows a massive commitment and eagerness. Is there an ultimate goal you have set for yourself, a dream you one day want to fulfill?
The ultimate goal is to be able to do this until we die. We don’t want to halt making music individually and as a band. Making music to perform is an enormous part of all our psyches so we’d be at a loss without that. All we knew when we started making music is that we wanted to show it to people and we’d take every opportunity given to us.