before I get started , a little background from their label: Elephant Stone Records
If the recently issued C86 Box Set has you waxing nostalgic about bands like the Shop Assistants, Primitives, Flatmates, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, then Seafang ought to be up your alley. It certainly hit the spot for us – “Motorcycle Song” is the first Elephant Stone release since 2012! Mix the indie pop charm and songwriting chops of the C86 scene with a splash of shoegaze and you’ll get a good idea where the St. Petersburg, Florida combo are coming from. Seafang consist of Heidi on vocals, Susan and Stacey on guitars, Paul on drums, and Gary on the bass. Indie scenesters may remember the latter from his acclaimed ‘90s group Honeyrider.
Inspiration: Lush, Shop Assistants, Primitives
RIYL: Veronica Falls, Bleached, Best Coast, Crocodiles, Beach Day
As we head into the last weekend before school starts back up here in sunny Florida, it’s my pleasure to turn you on to the sounds of a very cool band , Seafang. I love The Primitives and anyone who reminds me of them , has captured my attention , so here we are. Seafang combines those pretty harmonies with a sound that takes you back to those walks on the beach on those crazy hazy days of summers past and those yet to come. With hints of 60’s Shangri Las , Seafang has hit the music scene with some tracks that ought to make every music junkies playlist . I’m totally digging this EP!!!
For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
There is a rehearsal space that we all hang out at. Several bands practice there. People hanging out, drinking beer, talking. Stacey and Susan were in a band together, but had the idea of forming a new band. Every time I hung out at their practice space they were jamming with different people. One day the line up was Heidi playing bass and singing with Paul on drums. The thing you need to visualize is that we’re from a smallish scene and at this moment in time everyone is playing in other bands. Paul played guitar in another band but here he is at this practice on drums with these guys. Heidi asked me if I could play her bass while she focused on a vocal. Then suddenly things clicked and songs just started popping out. We all looked at each other and thought we had something special, so this became Seafang.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
At the moment I think The Shop Assistants, Lush, and The Jesus and Mary Chain shine through the most. Though, there is much more out there in terms of influences that is only just starting to bleed through. I have been in love with Xmal Deutschland for years, but that style is not something I have ever played. The same goes for Pylon.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
The release of our debut single on Elephant Stone Records. The label was on hiatus for 4 years and came back to release our debut. They have releases from Smashing Orange, Outrageous Cherry, Reverb, and Matt Hollywood’s band The Out Crowd. We are a new band and this is the first important thing that has happened.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Release more records, tour, meet like minded people and have a good time doing it. “Don’t dream it, be it.”
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
There are so many good bands that have cropped up in the last few years. The new Flowers album on Kanine is great. Every Veronica Falls album is amazing. Lush just released new music without missing a beat. Kids on a Crime Spree, Beverly, La Sera, The History of Apple Pie, Frankie Rose and (fill in the blank), Joanna Gruesome, and the first Bleached album.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
The way information transfers keeps changing. I miss the days when I could write a band and get a letter back. These days it seems that people can’t be bothered to respond to an email. Having said that, social media puts the fans and artists in direct contact. If you’re a fan of music and like talking about music then it’s not a pain in the ass.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
In a previous band, after several singles and two albums we finally paved the way for the big single. It was picked up by every major chain in the UK and on all formats. Then the NME gave it a one line review, “Imagine the Beach Boys with only one singer. A singer that makes Ian Brown sound like Pavarotti.” I couldn’t stop laughing; I thought it was great. However, all the singles shipped back to the label and we were dropped.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
I think China would be an interesting place to tour. It seems like their music scene is exploding. Ricky from The Brian Jonestown Massacre played us some rough mixes of a few bands that he produced in Beijing. These tunes had arrangements and playing styles that I couldn’t get my head around mixed in with just enough familiar territory to make sense.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Music is very important to me, so of course I think it can save the mortal soul. I’ve dragged it through every part of my life and when I listen I hear my life being played back.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
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