With support from Radio 1 and DIY already behind them, Sea Girls are well on their way to being a name being spoken from thousands of mouths in the coming months. As one of the key bands to watch out for in 2018, and while currently working on their debut album, TITL caught up with the quartet to chat favourite songs, social media and what they’d like from Santa.
TITL: Please sum yourselves up in three words.
Henry (Singer/Guitarist): Funny, ambitious, fictitious.
Rory (Guitarist): Stubborn, mischievous, instinctive.
Andrew (Bass): Cheeky, rational, international.
Oli (Drummer): Raucous, mathematical, tactical
TITL: What would you say each of you bring to the group?
H: A driven song-writer that wants to connect with audiences and excites the imagination.
R: A blues and rock ‘n’ roll inclined guitar, a vocabulary that harks back to early 2000’s Indie era and a unique flare for song-writing.
A: I inject the perfect measurement of groove into every track which carries the energy on stage.
O: A rhythm magician and master arranger, our ‘in-house’ producer with an eye for inventiveness.
TITL: Given the fact that you’ve known each other since school, how have your musical tastes and influences changed over the years and how have those musical changes impacted the music you make as a band now?
SG: Our tastes have changed as we have matured, but the core of our approach has always been joining powerful lyric and melody with something refreshing and unique to us.
TITL: Which band would you say you sound most like and why?
SG: Each of our songs is a different idea and has been pushed towards a different sonic place; most of them are guitar tracks infused with pessimism and excitement. Not really sure about comparisons having written the songs ourselves. If someone wants to compare us to The Killers though that’s fine.
TITL: What, to you, makes a great song?
SG: Great songs make you get up, spin around and then cry.
TITL: Picking one each, I’d like you to tell me which songs you think are the greatest ever written. What is it about those songs that makes them so special?
H: Robyn – “Dancing On my Own.” I am an indie music lover first and foremost, but I love great pop. It has a lyric that hit me immediately and still does. Robyn’s hit has been covered so many times and has the same strong effect on me from each arrangement. It was also a spark for me writing “Call Me Out”.
O: Oasis – “Slide Away.” A strong contender for top song and a 90s classic. Noel and Liam at their most poetic and nuanced with a chorus that keeps on going, it’s a true modern anthem.
R: Bruce Springsteen – “Dancing In The Dark.” I think it has all of the above qualities; its simple snare drum keeps the beat and allows the exciting melody and relatable lyrics to do their magic.
A: Charli XCX – “Boys.” She is such a force and a great role model for the scope of her ambition in the industry. And this song is beautifully subversive and simple, followed with a killer video.
TITL: You’ve already had support from the likes of Radio 1 and DIY. How important has that been to you?
SG: As well as the obvious promotion it gave us, it has been a huge confidence boost to be supported by Radio 1 – particularly by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Abbie McCarthy. DIY have also been with us right from the start and have luckily liked and supported all of our releases to date which is awesome.
TITL: In this technological day and age where everyone seems to know everybody else’s business, how do you feel about social media and how big of a part has it played in so far getting your name and music out there to an audience? Do you think it’s a necessary tool for artists today or is it still possible for you and them to achieve success without it?
SG: We’re sure there are some ways of making it without social media, but we just see it as an organic way to show our music and let fans be part of what we are doing. We think it’s only a good addition for musicians.
TITL: You’re heading out on tour in February. Is there any one location/venue you’re particularly excited to play?
SG: Of course we are looking forward to playing The Cookie in Leicester which will be our long overdue hometown show. Also, our London show at the OMEARA as well as it is a super beautiful venue and London has always been great to us.
TITL: Are you working on an album? If so, what can you tell me about it, without giving too much away?
SG: We are writing all the time and are already in the studio recording tracks with producer Larry Hibbitt a lot. Some of these recordings will be on the first album.
TITL: With Christmas just around the corner, what’s on your festive wish-list?
SG: Lucky for us we are going on our debut UK tour in February which means we need bigger amps too.
TITL: Finally then, aside from the tour and album, what are your plans and ambitions for 2018 and will you be making any new year’s resolutions? If so, can you tell me what they are?
SG: To have lots of fun doing what we do together as a band, connecting more people with our music and writing more and more songs.
For more information on Sea Girls, including tickets for and a list of venues on their upcoming tour, visit their website. You can also keep up to date with the band on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram and listen to their music on Soundcloud.