Wirral 5-piece By The Sea are creating sounds that would seem more at home on the West Coast
of America, than on the West Coast of England.
Despite this, there's an underlying 80s-alternative echo that's distinctively British.
The band formed in 2010, and their self-titled debut album was released in November 2012,
yet they're still almost unknown beyond the perimeters of Merseyside.
With album number two currently underway, I'm hopeful that the new year will bring these lads
the recognition they deserve.
I got in touch with lead singer Liam, who kindly agreed to answer some questions:
How would you describe your sound?
Chorus pedals, reverb, Fender guitars, and the good side of the 80s.
Was there something in particular that sparked your interest in music, and made you
want to start the band?
Nothing in particular, just the endless creative element of music.
I would have loved to have been an artist but I'm shit at drawing, so music was option 2 on the list.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I just got The Triffids' album 'In the Pines' as a Christmas gift, it's pretty cool.
BEAK>>, Guided By Voices, and Audio Dynamite are also on my iPod at the moment.
What do you like doing when you're not making music?
Worrying about not making music.
And also the driving range for a spot of golf, on occasion.
What's next for By The Sea?
Well we've just finished our second album at Parr St. Studios, with Bill Ryder-Jones
and Chris Taylor at the controls. We're made up with how it sounds and we're preparing to release
it sometime in 2014, before the summer we hope.
So we'll be playing lots of gigs around the UK, and hopefully a couple of European dates too!
You can watch the band's latest video for 'Alone Together' here.
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