A Minute With Seams

In the latest edition in our series of interviews with Perth artists, we spend a minute with Seams. We ask them questions, they give us answers.

Describe your music in five words or less.
No-wave surf

What’s going on right now in the world of Seams?
Recording! We haven’t recorded anything for a while, and we’ve got a fair batch of songs yet to be put to tape, so we’re gonna experiment with capturing those. We’ve been playing heaps of shows over the last year, which has been stacks of fun, but I for one am looking forward to finally getting a proper record out, writing new songs, and making wilder sounds.

What are the worst and best gigs you’ve ever played and why?
Worst gig? A real stinker was this show in Kalamunda (no disrespect to those repping the 6076), for some reason Dan (our drummer) couldn’t play — might’ve been when he had a broken wrist after skating in the rain. So we were using drum machine loops hastily recorded onto my guitar loop pedal and it sounded like total arse. Perhaps thankfully, only a few people were watching, one of whom was a one-toothed man who walked past screeching “caw! these guys are a bit weird!” and I’m pretty sure we got sunburned and then watched some cover band attempt some heinous shredding and there was no beer.

Best gig…  hmm, Laneway this year was a real honour to play, it’s such a great festival generally and the lineup was tops. Plus, we got to hang out backstage with heroes like Ariel Pink and Bradford Cox and subsequently name-drop like a motherfucker. But I think possibly the best show was supporting Best Coast at Beck’s Music Box, not because it was Best Coast per se, but ’cause we were playing late in the night, there were loads of people (free entry after 10!), everyone was dancing like wild beasts and singing along and playing percussion and all that good stuff. We did some fun covers and had an overall badass time. Our set was presented as a sort of ‘soundtrack,’ which is something we do on occasion, live film soundtracky stuff — unfortunately, the movie we ended up using was “Blue Crush,” and we never found out what happened to the DVD, so Seams are never allowed to go back to Blockbuster Nedlands.

Tell us something about your music that we might not know.
We rehearse in a room covered in dozens upon dozens of portraits of Elvis. First ever song we played live was an Outkast cover. We have since done another Outkast cover. Ben is in fact tipped to portray André 3000 in an upcoming biopic. Also, Louisa’s recently joined a death metal band. The biopic bit is a lie but that last bit’s not, the band’s called Make Them Suffer. Louisa’s by far the most brutal member of Seams.

You’re putting together your perfect local gig? Who would you get to play, why and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Would probably be at the Perth Observatory, because that’d be sick. There’d be an outdoor stage with bands including but not limited to: Mink Mussel Creek, Snowman, Astral Travel, Sonpsilo Circus, Apricot Rail, Wednesday Society… and then inside there’d be a room with more wigged out instrumental sounds, like Mental Powers, Craig McElhinney, Salamander and Usurper of Modern Medicine with 360 degree freakout visuals, and shisha, and cushions and lots of tea. Actually that ALMOST sounds doable. Hmmmmmmm.

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