When you listen to a new band for the first time, there’s always a feeling of excitement. You wonder to yourself whether you want to delve further into their discography or whether they’ll do enough to keep you interested. But some bands blow you away so much that you get goosebumps all over your body. The Seamonsters are that band: a distinctive charming cocktail of catchy riffs, beautiful harmonies, and glitter.
Formed in 2013 in Sheffield, the six-piece are influenced by artists ranging from Orange Juice and The Smiths to The Wombats and Black Honey. These influences present themselves in the music, lo-fi synths and raw indiepop riffs combine with soaring melodic vocals.
The song that made an instant impression on me was the Wolf Alice-esque ‘Wonderland’. It features thought provoking lyrics recalling Alice in Wonderland (“Baby baby, take me to Wonderland / show me crazy things that I don’t understand”) set to a backdrop of spiky, energetic riffs. The hard-hitting emotion of ‘Lost (and Found)’ is also superb, featuring a synth pattern driving the track forward and a chorus that’ll melt your heart.
The Seamonsters have earned a growing reputation around Sheffield, having played Tramlines and supported VANT, TRASH, and The Rifles. Their songs give off a blissed out summery feeling and their honest, upbeat sound is sure to win more fans in the future.
The Seamonsters are:
Naomi Mann (lead vocals)
Lauren Smith (bass/backing vocals)
Holly Thompson (lead guitar)
Tassie Drobinski (rhythm guitar)
Ella Taylor (keyboard)
Ciara Hurding (drums)
Photo Credit: Lydia Maycock
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos