This has been a long time coming.
It has been a total joy to watch the progress of Seas, Starry. They are a bunch of my pals who are so talented that it gives me an inferiority complex. DON’T LOOK ME IN THE EYES!
The band started as a solo project by my friend Jan, who needed an outlet for all his fuzz visions, and would record tracks alone in his flat. The outcome was pretty impressive for being just one person, a guitar, lots of pedals and a drum machine, but he was soon encouraged to put a band together. It was here that he was introduced to Claire, a left-handed guitar-menace, who would later become his fiancé but more importantly THE QUEEN OF MY HEART. My boyfriend Dave was recruited to play bass for them at this time, as well as Mike ‘Mike Blair’ Blair – The Most Stylish Man In Pop Music – also on guitar (if he tries to introduce himself to you as “the third best guitarist in Seas, Starry”, the accepted response is “F___ you, Mike Blair!” it’s the only way he’ll learn to not be so down on himself) and a drummer called Martin. After months of rehearsing together and composing new material, as well as working on Jan’s original stuff, they played their first gig. It was one of the slickest debut sets I’ve seen. I remember saying to Dave afterward that I had a feeling they were going to do well, “Like… Errors well.” was my theory.
There have been a few shuffles of their line-up since Martin, who had a family to look after and limited time, left and Dave moved to Edinburgh, but the band have stayed together since. Every time I hear someone try to compare them to another band, it’s never the same one. My Bloody Valentine, Labradford, Kinski, Godspeed… The point is, they’ve finally got an album out and it sounds fantastic.
The night of the album launch last week was the best I’ve ever seen them. They had two drummers for the set, three of the songs where Claire went Mo Tucker too. It was amazing. They’ve worked hard for this so please give them a listen. The album is currently streaming at http://seasstarry.bandcamp.com/album/tyto-alba - you know what to do.