30 seconds interview: Seazoo

Seazoo

Chock full of jaunty harmonies, wonky keys and melodic riffs to sink your teeth into, Welsh wizards Seazoo have brewed up a delightfully poppy racket on their debut album, TRUNKS.

They first snagged our ears in January with their single Dig – a bright and boppy number about digging up Yamashita’s gold (what else?) that brought us all the right Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci feels.

Citing influences like Yo La Tengo, Blur, Super Furry Animals and Grandaddy, the five-piece have perfected their sound on stages including Green Man, Canadian Music Week, Festival No.6 and The Great Escape, toured with M faves The Lovely Eggs and received plenty of radio love over at BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio 1.

Debut TRUNKS was self-recorded between a decommissioned nuclear bunker and a spare room in their hometown, and gets the launch party treatment at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on 10 February.

Ahead of the gig (plus plenty more in the diary – see below), we chatted to Ben to get the lowdown on their brilliant bedroom psych-pop…

What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Crosstown Traffic – Hendrix.

What’s the first gig you went to?
Bay City Rollers at Butlins, Bognor Regis. The bass player had a headless bass guitar, it confused me. I was a child and didn’t know what was going on.

What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
A violin in primary school – I didn’t practice and was rubbish. A cello in secondary – I didn’t practice and was rubbish. Then the bass guitar and played as often as I could!

What is your worst musical habit?
Twiddling about when people are talking in practice. Twiddling about in soundcheck.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
Listen to what the drummer’s doing.

Where do you discover new music?
Radio/social media.

What’s your favourite venue?
Favourite local venue – Central Station, Wrexham. Favourite venue recently played – Gorilla, Manchester.

Who is your current favourite band/artist?
Gintis.

What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
Personal experiences. Location/environment.

What track of yours best represents your sound?
Dig.

What’s next for you?
Just released our debut album TRUNKS, will tour this in the next months – dates below! I’m just finishing off album two, and recording it in May at Big Jelly Studios, Ramsgate. Should start album two promo end of this year! New songs sounding good!

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Upcoming shows

10 Feb: Album Launch, Telford’s Warehouse, Chester
08 March: Live Marc Riley BBC 6 Music Session, Salford
29 March: Gullivers, Manchester (w/Sweet Baboo)
01 April: Hug & Pint, Glasgow
02 April: Leith Depot, Edinburgh
04 April: The Musician, Leicester
06 April: The Finsbury, London
10 of May: Focus Wales Festival, Wrexham