Seabellies

Seabellies

 Newcastle, New South Wales, AUS
BandAlternativeRock

Biography

Think you know the Seabellies? Think again. The band has undergone some changes since bursting onto the music scene from nowhere in 2007, including fine-tuning their energetic live set and unique sound. Now, after a long and focused preparation, Seabellies are ready to unleash their debut album, By Limbo Lake, and as witnessed by the soaring, opening notes of this stunning debut, they are ready to win your hearts and minds for good this time.

“Everything changed when we won the Garage To V competition in 2007,” explains frontman Trent Grenell. “It forced us to rethink our song writing, rethink our live show, and become a bit more professional. That was the real start of the Seabellies.”

Early shows had established the group as an ambitious, if slightly shambolic, indie rock band with complex song structures and diverse instrumentation. After their first rush of publicity in 2007, the Seabellies decided to smooth off some of the rough edges that were obscuring their sound. “Back then, there were a lot of tangents, a lot of instrument-swapping onstage,” says Grenell. “We learnt to embrace that early chaotic spirit and really hone our craft.”

The band spent most of 2008, writing new material, refining their existing tracks and planning their next move. Grenell says, “in the beginning we were very fresh and new to it all, but we knew it was important not to rush.”

The Seabellies haven’t been completely silent over the last two years: they’ve released four digital singles, all recorded in different studios with different producers. The band’s aim was to really understand the recording process and become familiar with working in a studio, so they knew how they wanted to approach recording their debut long-player. Astoundingly these four studio ‘experiments’ all garnered full rotation airplay on Triple J and national community radio stations; and in October 2008, they played the CMJ Music Marathon in New York to critical acclaim, sharing the stage with Mùm, Veils, and Passion Pit. Finally, in May 2009, writing and pre-production fine-tuned on the road, they entered Albert Studios in Sydney to lay down tracks for By Limbo Lake.

The album sessions blew out to seven weeks as the band attempted to capture all their inspiration on tape. Veteran Australian producer Wayne Connolly manned the boards: “He controlled the chaos,” says Grenell. “We had a lot of ideas, and a lot of instruments, he streamlined it all.” As Wayne is a fellow songwriter, “he always looks for true essence of the song and helped capture our raw elements on the record.”

The finished album manages to embody everything that makes the Seabellies a captivating band: it’s full of rich melodies, layered instrumentation and a restless energy that propels the listener forward. Strings, keyboards and array of instruments add depth and character, and Grenell’s voice soars above it all – comforting at times, melancholy at others. It has been noted that the cinematic beauty of By Limbo Lake might be reminiscent of what a modern day Triffids album might sound like circa 2010.

“Thematically, the songs are about being lost, self reflection and striving,” he says, “which is fitting. It did feel like we put ourselves in limbo while we wrote and recorded the album.”

With By Limbo Lake finally ready for unveiling, the Seabellies are about to embark on a year of solid touring as a way of reintroducing themselves to Australian music lovers. Grenell hopes that audiences will be pleasantly surprised by the leaps the band has taken – and that they’ll forgive the Seabellies for taking so long to arrive at this point.

Lyrics

Trans Ending

Written By: Trent Grenell

Come alive with your jackets on
In your eyes, in your eyes, all the rights have wronged
Its always better when the feelings on, its always better when the feelings on
In your eyes in your eyes, and I mean it

And if it happens once, then it will happen twice
And if you’re going home, the kids say all alright
And all we ever took, was all we ever made
But if you’re going home…the kids say all alright

Come alive come alive in the city’s sons
And in time in time all your rights have wronged,
Always colder when you’re taking the bus a little older when I’m thinking of us
It’s a crime it’s a crime, and I mean it.

Come alive, in the city’s sons
It’s a crime it’s a crime, how our rights were wronged

And we mean it.

Trans ending

Written By: Trent Grenell

Come alive with your jackets on
In your eyes, in your eyes, all the rights have wronged
Its always better when the feelings on, its always better when the feelings on
In your eyes in your eyes, and I mean it

And if it happens once, then it will happen twice
And if you’re going home, the kids say all alright
And all we ever took, was all we ever made
But if you’re going home…the kids say all alright

Come alive come alive in the city’s sons
And in time in time all your rights have wronged,
Always colder when you’re taking the bus a little older when I’m thinking of us
It’s a crime it’s a crime, and I mean it.

Come alive, in the city’s sons
It’s a crime it’s a crime, how our rights were wronged

And we mean it.

Board The Apartment Up

Written By: Trent Grenell

Don’t go, don’t don’t go,
We know our mouths are ‘bout it,

Let go, let let go,
For a minute we could doubt it

Don’t go, don’t don’t go,
the night is dark, but lights could find us

We know, we we know,
We know too much about it….

It’s falling off, coming so undone,
She’s making everything scatter

It’s coming on so, we board the apartment up,
And fight it, but it’s taking me

We know, we we know,
Backseat lover liars

She goes she she goes,
From the forest to the fires

Don’t go don’t don’t go
Morning lights the cruellest hour

Let go, let let go
We know too much bout it….

Don’t go, don’t don’t go,
We know our mouths are ‘bout it,

Let go, let let go,
For a minute we could doubt it

Don’t go, don’t don’t go,
Morning lights the cruellest hour

Discography

LP: By Limbo Lake (2010)
High rotation radio airplay for tracks: Orange X, Young Cubs, Trans Ending, Board The Apartment Up, Feel It Leave
EP: Wave Your Fingers To Make The Winter