Introducing the exciting new group set to make waves.
Sea Girls are set for greatness. It’s a fact. Not only does their name offer up loads of puns for journalistic purposes (see standfirst above), but they’re bringing something exciting to the table with their refreshing guitar pop sound, crafted into non-stop bangers.
Dropping their debut track last year, every single song they’ve followed it up with have been bold and beautiful and destined to be yelled – hands in the air, eyes shut – as the sun sets at a festival. As the band go from strength to strength, it’s clear they’re destined to make a splash (sorry) and solidify themselves as your new faves.
Eager to find out more, we caught up with singer Henry Camamile and it went swimmingly. (That was the last one, promise.)
Where did the name “Sea Girls” come from?
Sea Girls are named after the lyric “city girls” in the Nick Cave track “Water’s Edge” off the Push The Sky Away album. Rory, our guitarist, loves the song and used to think Nick was singing Sea Girls and it stuck when we were thinking of a name for the band.
How did you all meet?
At school. We all played in rival bands, and at one time or another we’ve all been singers and bassists in each other’s bands.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced working together?
Juggling work, writing, recording, rehearsing, interviews and being able to maximise our time together. Being in a band takes up all your free time and it’s sometimes hard to do everything. We’ve managed it so far and there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon
What is your biggest source of inspiration as a band?
Our fans and playing our songs to them, seeing their reaction and the fact they get so stuck in. It’s truly awesome – an amazing six months compelling us to go as far as we can and beyond.
I think when you start out as a band it’s easy for people to dismiss you as taking the easy path and it’s just a frivolous hobby. But we are super serious about writing, how we want our sound to be and then taking that on tour.
Was it always a fairly harmonious idea for how you wanted to “sound”?
I think we found our way through trial and error figuring out what our strengths are. We have been all different formats as a band. Oli, our drummer, was the singer, Rory on guitar. I’m now the singer / guitar player, but was once the bassist. Andrew played a K Oscillator, a weird synth which we thought sounded pretty cool.
I wouldn’t say we settle on a defined “Sea Girls’ sound” as that would limit us. It’s always good to be open minded with a sonic direction and get the songs as essential as possible. We want to write songs that are good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sigrid or Amy Winehouse or Royal Blood or The 1975. The bands that resonate through any period of music are the ones with the strength of writing.
“We’ve always had that strange confidence we will ‘make it’, not in an arrogant way but in a ‘putting it all on red’ way.”
What motivates you to do better and to grow as a band?
The simplest way to put it is if we play a great show with great songs we will likely get 50 more people to the next show. We all want to produce the best music we can. It’s the most exciting thing to write the next song then play it live, then put it out to the world and see how it goes, I guess that’s why we have been releasing music so often. You get what you give, so if we can keep on releasing songs that connect with our fans we see their beaming faces at the shows
Has music always been the obvious choice for all of you, or is it something you discovered later on?
We all had a strong musical upbringing in our different ways. Andrew’s parents are in a brass band and my mother was a Prog DJ. I never assumed I would be doing anything else; it has always taken up at least 90% of my mind. I think that’s why I daydream a lot. I was brought up listening to the Kinks, Beatles, Pink Floyd and King Crimson. As an eight year old Greg Lake was my idol, not Britney.
We’ve always had that strange confidence we will “make it”, not in an arrogant way but in a “putting it all on red” way. Our thought is it’s just a matter of time and we won’t stop until we get there and see the next horizon ahead. Oli is so committed in fact that he learnt the drums from scratch for the good of the band. Of course we’re a way off “made it” but we get huge satisfaction as we can tour loads and have the opportunity to record a lot.
What’s the journey been like up until now?
I think the best way to put it is it has been consistently optimistic with exciting and difficult patches. From the first show we have treated each one like the biggest thing, even if we’re playing to only 20 people. The last nine months have been on the up and busy. That has been very rewarding. Now we have a summer of festivals and touring coming up to die for.
Where do you find inspiration for your song writing?
For me, I guess mostly focusing on a feeling in a moment, something I’ve experienced or situations I imagine. I enjoy incorporating our human flaws and imperfections alongside something beautiful.
It seems of our songs that have been well received it’s the ones with the simple honest messages that connect the most. Songwriting is very liberating like that. It’s interesting how a song about being lost can also be so uplifting. Probably because it’s being shared and not hidden.
Music has such powerful positive effects, like an easy access to another world. Music has always been an escape and writing is the ultimate for us. No matter what the theme at the end of the day we want people to feel good from the sounds we make.
What’s the next music you’re working on? And what juicy exclusives can you give us about what we can expect next?
We’re working on so much music. They’ll vary within our guitar genre from massive sounding tracks to gentle pop I guess. I only hope we can record enough of them. We will be back in the studio in July and definitely expect some of those tunes to be on our debut album.
It is obvious that you are aiming for the stars and that you are ready to work hard to get you there. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Continue to tour, be essential, write great songs and carry on discovering great new music.
What else would you like for people to know about you?
If you think I’m ignoring you, it’s because I’m daydreaming, probably thinking about the lyrics to a new song.