Who are you ?(be as vague or as detailed as you want)
We're Lyndon, Louisa, Daniel and Ben.
all kinda grew up together... making dumb videos, skating, going down
south, playing Super Smash Brothers. Eventually we realized we all
played instruments so we started to jam together and write songs. In
2010 we got the name 'Seams' and started doing a bunch of gigs.
Give us a quick brief rundown of who you are musically and what you try and do differently.
Well, we're a rock band, or a pop band or whatever. But I guess the idea with Seams is seeing where we can take that, flinging disparate bits of subgeneres at each other, and adding stuff that might not make sense at first. To an extent it's a deliberate thing, but it's also kinda inevitable - between us, in different projects and groups, we play metal, folk, blues, jazz, funk, psychedelic drone, hip hop, noise pop, classical orchestral music and R&B. So we were four pals who were always going to have a stupid range of influences, I guess we chose to embrace and exploit that rather than fight it.
Who would be some key influences are that people wouldn’t expect?
Alicia Keys. Is a key influence.
In “Almost Famous” honour, “do you have to be sad to write a sad song, do you have to be in love to write a love song?”
I have never actually seen "Almost Famous," and people reference it quite often so maybe I should. But to answer the question… no, probably not… I mean for me some of the songs I find most sad were probably meant to be happy songs when they were written. As for love songs… I don't really know, because I haven't written very many love songs, maybe just one or two good ones, and I think they turned out good because I was miserable, not because I was in love. Maybe you have to be sad to write a love song. And maybe you have to be in love to write a sad song.
What is your opinion on the current music scene in Perth?
There's heaps going on and plenty of it is world class stuff. Like, if you're into simple songs on an acoustic guitar, there'll be someone doing it in a real stellar way. If you're into glitchy hip hop beats, there's someone who will blow your mind. And so on, for most styles… plus there's acts that just totally defy categorisation, which is always promising. Having said that, a lot of the really interesting stuff goes on under the radar, and cliques form and you end up seeing similar lineups around the place a lot. It's also very hard for an unknown band or musician with no real "connections" to get a leg up. But then again, people - even promoters (!) are generally pretty friendly so those connections are not so hard to make. The only problem with Perth bands is that as soon as they get huge/bored of playing the same 5 venues... they go somewhere else and sometimes we never see them again (RIP Snowman).
If you had to put together your dream gig with any 5 bands from history + 5 local bands who would they be?
Shan, you devil. Brutal question, too hard. For the sake of a brain-melting, visually nuts gig... Parliament/Funkadelic, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Ratatat feat. Wu Tang, Chris Cobilis teams up with Sun Ra & The Arkestra, Pond (Bootsy gets up for a song), Os Mutantes (guest starring Ariel Pink). Totally snuck a few extras in there, serves you right for asking that question.
What is the most annoying/difficult question to be asked in an interview?
That last one, apparently. Outrageous.
What are your plans for the next 6 - 12 months
Well, we're recording at the moment, but we work slowly. An EP or some kinda release will be out within 12 months, that much I can guarantee ya. We'll be putting something out on vinyl, maybe CDs too. And hopefully just some really fun, unusual shows with more of a visual feature. Some collaborative work maybe too. I dunno! The main plan is to keep developing the sound, 'cause we've been doing this a while but we're still essentially green, finding our vibe, making mistakes... still just experimenting. We'll see where that takes us.