The Future Is Female ~ A Chat With The Seamonsters...

By Lucy Harbron - 21:16

You here a lot about sexism and misogyny in the music industry with almost weekly articles about mistreatment and misrepresentation of female artists. However, with a clear influx of female musicians stepping into the limelight and a rise of females on festival line-ups, is the situation looking up? Is the future of music female? New 6-piece, all girl indie band suggest this is true as The Seamonsters are making serious waves in the Sheffield music scene. I caught up with Naomi (vocals), Lauren (bass/backing vocals), Holly (lead guitar/backing vocals), Tassie (rhythm guitar), Lydia (keyboard) and Ciara (drums) to chat about influences, fave moments and stepping into the music industry as a girl squad...

So tell me a bit about how The Seamonsters came about...

Ciara: The Seamonsters started in 2012, we were a group of friends who played instruments and wanted something to do so the obvious idea to start a band came about. I think the fact that other people around us were also starting bands made it easier, we shared a practise space with a few other bands our age for a couple of years.

Which artists would you say have the biggest influence on your music?

Naomi: I'd say there is quite a big range of artists that have influenced our music, as we have personal favourites that inspire our own musical perspective whilst writing songs and also inspire us in terms of performance and style. As a band, the main musical influences come from bands such as The Wombats and Two Door Cinema Club, as we are very inspired by their combination of catchy guitar riffs, strong melodies and a distinctive techno sound. We tend to get very inspired by local bands and new bands that we like, recently bands such as Black Honey, Blossoms, The Magic Gang, Tame Impala etc. Personally for me, female-fronted bands such as Wolf Alice, Alvvays and Beach House inspire me, as well as iconic artists such as Blondie and Bjork.

What's your creative process like when writing a song?

Naomi: Particularly with how we write now, our creative process often involves someone showing an idea on their instrument and each person adding on their part, whilst we share ideas on melodies, chords, structure, lyrics etc. A few times, one of us has written a whole song and shown it and taught it to the rest of the band, but we mostly collaborate and create our songs step by step as a band.

Was it an intentional decision to start an all-girl band or did it just happen naturally?

Tassie: No, we were all really good friends before and all played instruments and loved music so we thought it'd be fun to try playing together. We do sort of play to the "all girl" thing now though because I mean it is something that makes us stand out a bit and something we're proud of. But I don't think we ever intentionally decided we wanted to make any sort of statement, because although obviously all girl bands are a minority in the music industry, I don't think that forming one should have to be "making a stand" or anything like that, because if you make a big deal about it, it's not going to become normal for people.

Do you think being a girl band has put extra obstacles in your way entering the music industry? Or has it helped?

Tassie: I don't think that we've ever really experienced any kind of negativity about us being an all girl band, I mean, you get the odd comment and sometimes people have lower expectations of us before we play if they've heard we're an all girl band but I don't think it's ever stopped us from doing anything. I definitely think it's helped us more than it's been a problem for us, it's meant getting attention from great organisations like Girls Against and being given opportunities like getting to play at women's rights events.

Is there anything about the industry that worries you or makes you nervous to really dive into the business?

Naomi: The industry is more exciting than worrying, and the main obstacle is criticism towards the band. However, as we can continue creating music that people will enjoy and listen to, nothing can get in our way.

How do you feel about the current treatment of female artists?

Naomi: I think the treatment of female artists in the band industry particularly is essentially more equal, mostly due to the growth of females in bands and a general decrease of sexism. It's great to see that they are perceived as creative individuals who are musically and stylistically inspiring, rather than the over-sexualisation and shallow view of famous female pop artists.

What's been your favourite band moment so far?

Lydia: Getting to play at The Leadmill and seeing our name on the front of the O2 Academy for the first time!

Ciara: Recording was really fun as well, it’s really cool being able to make music with some of your best friends.

Who are some of your fave local bands?

Naomi: Our favourite local bands include Trash, The SSS, Bayonet, Time Sellers, Red Faces etc. We love to be a part of the local band community and support other bands, and it's very important for gigs and becoming locally known.

Which of your own songs is your fave to play live?

Tassie: As a guitarist, my favourite songs to play live are probably sunshine criminal or one of our new ones, anonymous. But I love playing afraid of heights because I see everyone singing along and all our mates in the crowd putting their arms around each other.

Naomi: Personally, it mostly depends on the gig and I tend to weirdly change between which songs I prefer. At the moment, my favourite song as a band to play is lost (and found) as it creates a great atmosphere, and afraid of heights receives a good reaction from the audience and is fun to perform.

What's the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Naomi: I have many favourite gigs and I don't have one specific gig, but some of my personal favourites are Blossoms at The Leadmill, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Wombats, and literally all of festival season, such as Catfish at Tramlines and Circa Waves, Black Honey, Ratboy, The Magic Gang and Noel Gallagher at Y Not?

Ciara: Probably The Stone Roses in Manchester, also the last shadow puppets were really good! In the summer we all went to Y Not? festival which was amazing!


Definitely a band to keep your eyes on if you're after some glittery indie magic.

Find The Seamonsters-

Facebook - /theseamonsters
Insta- @the_seamonsters
Twitter- @cmonstersmusic

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