Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Calum from unsigned Leeds band Sea Legs to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There is Tom the guitarist and lead singer, Josh on drums and myself Calum on bass and backing vocals. We all met in Leeds whilst studying and began playing together about two years ago. We actually got the band name from a Shins track, that also happens to adequately describe my stage moves.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Tom was very into the Beatles which I think shows a lot in his lyrics and melodies. I myself was very into bands like Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters.
These days I channel most of my energy from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and all his various projects. Also bands like Wilco, Parquet Courts and Radiohead are big influences to the band sound.
How would you describe your sound?
Britpop without the Britpop.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is called 'Flowers'. The song is essentially about a repetitive routine that someone has found themselves in because of their own lack of personal discipline regarding putting oneself first and suffering as a result. The refrain ‘Over and over again’ is repeated heavily throughout and this is in reference to the cyclical nature of the situation. Sonically we were very influenced by the likes of Grizzly Bear, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bombay Bicycle whilst recording and mixing the track. We got local artist Cáit McEniff, who also designs all our artwork, to knock up an incredible animated video for the song which we think captures the mood perfectly.
What’s your local music scene like?
Leeds is a fantastic place to be for music. The Brudenell Social Club is basically an institution for great live music alongside the likes of Oporto and Belgrave Music Hall, with great local bands popping up in all genres. Some of our favourites include bands Peakes, Talkboy and Heir.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We've just played Live At Leeds festival, which was great to play such a great packed out festival crowd. We've got a couple more Leeds gigs throughout the summer and will be working on getting in the studio and sorting our next week releases together. We've got a couple of bits already recorded which we're very excited to release towards the end of the year.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Our dream collaboration would be a stop motion music video shot by Wes Anderson.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Tom has been known to lose his balance after a risky pedal change or two, one day we'll watch him go face first into a crowd trying to adjust his fuzz.