SEABASS // Nothing fishy here, just indie rock that kills
sea bass waste no time making their mark on the Australian alternative scene.
FOLLOWING: How Architects became one of the largest metal groups in the world // BRING ME THE HORIZON: The Tide Is Turning // KILLER BE KILLES: Reluctant Heroes // MR BUNGLE: Surprise! We are death! COMMENTS: Mr. BUNGLE: Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo // BRING ME THE HORIZON: POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR // KILLER BE KILLED: Reluctant hero // YOU ME HAS SIX: SUCKAPUNCH // CONTINUE THE ATLANTIC: Beauty in death // SEA BASS: I always joke
Despite a difficult year, the quartet came together to make their debut, I always joke, to live. The EP is mind blowing, indie rock at its best, and we wanted to know all about it. We had their leader Annie Siegmann online to talk about it, the history of the band and everything in between.
Hysteria: Tell us about the band and how it started.
Annie: Ryan (Martin, guitarist) and I played together in a few projects, so we were already in each other’s world. One day, I received this email asking me to set up a support group for Pussy riot for a show at the Adelaide Fringe; I had always wanted to work with Flik (Freeman, bass) and Kyrie (Anderson, drummer), so we got together. We ended up playing intense punk; we all come from folk or jazz so it was fun to rock… it sounds so bad (laughs). I had been working on these songs and playing them solo for a while, so I thought it was time to bring the people I loved to play with and make a band out of them.
Tell us about the name of the band. It’s interesting !
Yes (laughs). I’m pretty fascinated with the ocean, so there’s that, but Ryan and I have conflicting stories about it. My take is that since we are three out of four bass players, I thought we should call ourselves three bass players. He evolved into Seabass one way or another. Ryan’s take is that we would fish someday and we decided it at random.
While listening to the EP, we touched on some topics like relationships and climate issues. We would like to know what else inspired him.
I wrote half of the songs some time ago; these are very classic breakthrough content. Then there are a few more recent ones, like To burn. I wrote it at 8 a.m. one morning. I was furious at the bushfires and injustices with police brutality; it just came out all at once. I think I wrote it in 10 minutes; I was just screaming into the void. Last year has been such a strange year, and we just wanted to put more of what the band has been doing there. We put together a range of our songs and put them on I always joke. There are some of those sensitive folk-inspired pieces and some more intense. It’s like the evolution of the group since our beginnings.
Since we are three out of four bass players, I thought we should call ourselves three bass players. He evolved into Seabass one way or another.
[ Annie Siegmann ]
Tell us about the registration process.
When we started recording, we could have up to five people in a household. Kyrie is also generally on an international tour, so we took that as the perfect time to do it. Ryan recorded and mixed it all; it was very internal.
Let’s call it DIY!
We’re very anxious, the 90s vibes of the EP and think it would have worked so well for 10 Things I Hate About You.
When I write, it’s usually from a scary place (laughs). I guess most songwriters use it as therapy. When you are vulnerable and put it forward, you want it to resonate with someone else.
What are your musical inspirations?
I always go back to the old school Kings of Leon. They inspired some of our simple songs. These simple ones, with not too many chords and a catchy guitar line… .they are fun to play and listen to.
I remember being obsessed with Edge of town through Middle children. I thought it was awesome and that it just kept getting bigger as it went and there were some scary bits in it. Part of me wanted to be like them and make this music.
What can we expect to see from the band next?
We’re just going to try and play more. It’s like we’re doing things backwards; we did big gigs earlier, but now we’ve gotten to the point where we have to show people what we’re doing. We want to play smaller gigs and get our music out there. We pride ourselves on our ability to put on a good show. We want to do a regional tour of Victoria; Hopefully we can get it up and running in the middle of the year.