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Quickfire Questions #47: James Sinclair of Seasfire

 
By on Friday, 28th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

We recently gave away Seasfire‘s fab cover of Banks track ‘Warm Water’. So it was with great excitement that we’ve got James Sinclair, sticksman for the Bristol electronic group, to answer our TGTF Quickfire Questions. Should we be surprised that a famous American singer/songwriter figures prominently in his responses? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
The first thing that springs to mind is hearing ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, the Eric Clapton version.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Holiday by Madonna, I used to dance around the kitchen non-stop for hours with it on repeat. Every night. Without fail.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Education Pt. 2’ by The Metros, what was that about?

What song makes you cry?
‘Last Goodbye’ – Jeff Buckley. Such powerful lyrics and the sincerity with which he sings them is incredible.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I was probably about 16 so I’d say ‘Sunday’ by Bloc Party.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Anything by One Direction or Nicky Minaj. That kind of generic crap always makes me angry. Or when I listen to band that aren’t around anymore that I loved – like Be Your Own Pet, Flashguns, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, Test Icicles, Cajun Dance Party – the list goes on. I suppose that upsets me a bit.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Probably something massive like ‘Gangnam Style’, so I could earn an absolute packet. But in truth I think one of MJ’s songs, maybe ‘Black or White’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I don’t really have a favourite songwriter, so it would have to be an author. It changes a lot depending on who I am reading, I do love Ian McEwan and I recently discovered Chuck Palahniuk through a friend.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think journalism might have been an alternative, I probably would have ended up at Uni doing something fairly standard like History or English.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count. If that were the case, I’d bring ‘Physical Graffiti’!)
Haha! ‘Physical Graffiti’ is an epic choice. I’ve just been listening to a lot of Zeppelin today actually with a friend. We had the How the West Was Won live album on in the car. But if I had to choose one album it would undoubtedly be Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’. I can’t live without it.

Cheers James for your answers and many thanks to Katie for sorting this feature out for us. ‘Oh..Lucifer’, their next single, is out on Monday (the 1st of July) on Little Fan Records; watch the video for the single here.

 

MP3 of the Day #760: Seasfire

 
By on Monday, 17th June 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Bristol’s electronic act Seasfire recently recorded this cover of Banks‘ ‘Warm Water’, and they’d like you have it gratis. Listen below and if you like it, it’s yours.

 

Video of the Moment #1212: Seasfire

 
By on Thursday, 23rd May 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Bristol’s electronic outfit Seasfire have a new video for ‘Oh Lucifer’, which will be released as a single on Little Fan Records on the 1st of July. Equally punishing guitars and drums make for a compelling track, as you will hear by watching the video below, which was directed by James Booth (who also did The 1975‘s video ‘Chocolate’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7PQcfJJhx0[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1063: Seasfire

 
By on Monday, 10th December 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

We discovered Bristol’s Seasfire as a remixer of Kyla La Grange‘s ‘Vampire Smile’ this past spring. Here is their new video for ‘We Will Wake’, the title track of their debut EP released last week on Cheap Thrills. With an ethereal yet driven vibe not unlike Portishead, the Hype Machine #1 Most Popular Song on Music Blogs ‘We Will Wake’ is another fine example that these guys have got it going on.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS6616LGnkc[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Seasfire – Heartbeat

 
By on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

Forming last year in the depths of a Bristol bedroom, four lads started spinning tunes by Burial and Echo and the Bunnymen. This face-first dive into eclectic minimalism led to the melancholy melodies that Seasfire are gradually beginning to hone and call their own. As a follow-up to their debut single ‘Falling’, ‘Heartbeat’ is an evocative and haunting journey into the twists and turns of love.

Clocking in at just under 4 minutes, Seasfire’s trip-hoppy beats and the Weeknd rhythms delve into the darker and ethereal realms of synthpop that are often overlooked by the mainstream musos. But despite its apparent bleakness, 6music, XFM and BBC Introducing are all fans of Seasfire and their emotive lo-fi gloom. Josh Thorn’s vocals whisper softly a la Benjamin Francis Leftwich and intertwine with the whooshing synth in the vein of jj…only more masculine. It’s a prime example of the sombre, heartfelt music that Britain is capable of producing while the majority of music fans are too busy dealing with strumming an acoustic guitar and saying “yeah!”

7/10

‘Heartbeat’, the second single from Bristol outfit Seasfire, is out now on Distant Records.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYN1-uLb6xE[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #576: Seasfire

 
By on Friday, 6th July 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Bristol trip hop act Seasfire‘s second single ‘Heartbeat’ has been remixed by DJ Herve. It’s a little house, it’s a little rave…have a go and listen to it in the Soundcloud widget below. If you like it, you can grab it for your very own too.

Read about their spot on the bill of the Guardian’s New Band of the Day show last month that Luke covered here.

 
 
 

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