The sea The sea are a new impelling band from Oxford who describe their music as “dream-pop with influences reaching out, like throbbing tentacles, into expanses of post-punk, post-rock and baroque pop.”
The male dominant band uses a variety of musical instruments with David Freeman and Danny Crane-Brewer playing guitar, drummer Simon Talbot, Matteo Cocco playing the bass and vocalist Matthew Clarkson.
The talented five-some formed in 2012, with guitarists Freeman and Crane-Brewer kicking things off, who then found the final ingredients with Clarkson, Talbot and Cocco to complete the band.
They began working on material and produced 4 demos with the help of Kit Monteith, Tim Roberts and Jamie Morris at Safehouse Studio in Oxford. They produced the 4 songs which are titled: The Winter Parade, Waterfall, Something Happened and The Strait, The Narrow. The songs all provide a chilled vibe with calming vocals and the delicate use of some of the instruments, whilst sticking to their roots with upbeat indie melodies which allows them to captivate the listener.
Comparing themselves with the likes of ‘The Maccabees’ and ‘Foals and Wild Beasts,’ they emphasise that they ‘forge their own sound by incorporating intricate and heavily effected guitar and synth textures with post-rock and ambient soundscapes.’ I totally agree that they have similarities to other bands in terms of sound, but they add a little something different to their music with the ability to allow you to listen to the chilled, dreamy, but intriguing mixture of instruments, vocals and sound.
The Sea The Sea opened the show for ‘Tall Ships’ as part of a 'BBC Introducing in Oxford - Upstairs at the O2' event, at their second gig, with the audience responding well to the band’s music. They have also featured on 'independentmusicnews.co.uk' which saw them reach the ‘Top 50 Independent/unsigned bands to watch list.’ One of their demos, ‘The Winter Parade,’ was featured on a Canadian Blog as the ‘Song of the Day.’
The new indie band is making sure that they get noticed and are putting in the effort to make it happen. They have also received radio play from BBC Oxford Brookes Student Radio. As well as being interviewed by the team at BBC Oxford. These guys show that they aren’t afraid to get themselves out there and are motivated to show everyone their passion for music.
The quintet have began working on new material which will be released in the Summer 2013.
They describe their new tracks as ‘a soulful step forward.’ They have announced that the four demo singles will only be available up until the release day of their new EP. Fear not The Sea The Sea fans, they will offer you the chance to own the demo singles on a limited edition ‘Four Demos’ CD.