I SEE RIVERS
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with band I SEE RIVERS find out more about them...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from, and how did you come up with the name?
I SEE RIVERS is made up from Lill Scheie, Eline Brun and Gøril Nilsen. Although we’re all from Norway we met in Liverpool when we went there to study almost five years ago. We’re very proud of our Norwegian heritage and it was important to us to bring some of it with us into this project, so when we were trying to come up with a name for the band we knew it had to have something to do with the nature we all grew up in, hence “I SEE RIVERS”.
Who were your musical influences growing up, and who are your influences now?
We found our way into music separate from each other, so our musical influences growing up various between the three of us. However, we are not embarrassed to say that we all owned a Spice Girls CD at one point. As we’re such good friends in addition to being in a band with each other (we’ve been living together for the past four years as well), we now share a lot of the same taste in music. At the moment we’ve been listening a lot to Tom Rosenthal, Sufjan Stevens and Sigrid.
How would you describe your music?
The first time we got asked this question we were left a bit discombobulated as we didn’t quite know where to place our music genre-wise. We therefore invented our own term “Float Folk”, which is meant to describe our sound in the way that it’s not quite pop, not quite folk, and not quite indie – instead it floats and meanders somewhere in-between the three of them.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called ‘Give Up’ and we are so happy for people to finally hear it! As we in some way or another write all our songs together, the way created always changes from song to song. ‘Give Up’ was written while we were still living and studying in Liverpool. Through our Uni we were offered a songwriting session with the lovely Paul McCartney and the day of our session we decided that it would be cool to bring in a completely new song, so in the hours before our meeting we sat down and created the basis of the song!
What is your local music scene like?
After living in Liverpool for five years we decided that we’d had enough of the city life for a while and in February we moved to beautiful Pembrokeshire in Wales. This little corner of the world is sadly one of those places that more often than not gets left out of most artist’s touring plans, but there’s so many gorgeous venues and amazing bands who call this their home. The audience here in Pembrokeshire is so loving and supportive, so we definitely think that more people should start coming here to play!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months, any albums or festivals?
As we write this we are also preparing for a month of touring in Norway with the lovely artist Fredrik William Olsen. After the tour we’ll be travelling a bit to and from the UK and Norway to play some festivals (such as Bergenfest and Unearthed In A Field). After the summer we’re hoping to start writing for an album.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Many! Collaborating is one of our favourite things. It’s hard to pick just a few out of all the brilliant musicians that’s out there, but Sufjan Stevens, Feist and Cosmo Sheldrake are all up there!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Last year we played a festival in Inverness called Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, and we decided to camp on site for the duration of the festival. However, when we got there and were about to put up our tent we realized that we’d forgotten the tent pegs back home in Liverpool. We made do the first night, but decided to ask the audience for any extra tent pegs they might have brought with them during our set the day after. I think we ended up with around 50 different tent pegs by the end of that night.
What is the one thing you want our readers to know about your band?
We knit our own merchandise!