Interview with: Seafood
Location: London Astoria
Sat upstairs at the famous Astoria Theatre in Soho, Seafood are deciding on their set list for their support slot with Idlewild. Drummer Caroline lights some candles and turns off the lights and asked how long I've lived in London and where i'm originally from. After a while I realise that they are all listening and are genuinely interested. Is this right? A band who DO give a damn? Yeah, It's true alright.
Rewind one hour, lead singer / Leader of fashion David Line, and bassist / leader of fashion victims Kevin Hendrick are sat reading issue one of Verbal Rocket."This is really good", says David."Yeah, it must have taken ages", agrees Kevin.
Now usually, I would start off with the ice breaking question, who would you fire a verbal rocket at? But the ice had been melted during soundcheck. I ask it anyway."I frequently do at the TV. I'm always shouting at the television". Fair answer from Kevin but I see venom in David's eyes.
"The Manic Street Preachers". He blurts.
"Keith Moon"! That was guitarist Charles Macleod and now all eyes are on him. "Tricia?".
Then the conversation turns to chat shows for about 5 minutes. We get back on track. I ask them to name three albums that have individually influenced them. Charles offers his response first leaving the others time to think."Husker Du's 'Zen Arcade', Pixies 'Surfer Rosa / Come on pilgrim' and I suppose Sonic Youth 'Dirty'.
Caroline: "Guns N' Roses 'Appetite for destruction', Velvet Underground, and Mogwai's latest one (Come On Die Young), just for the drumming."
David: "Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation", Pixies "Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim' and 'Lou Barlow's Sentridoh."
Kevin: "Teenage Fanclub 'A Catholic Education', Ride 'Nowhere' and Sonic Youth 'Sister'. Just because everyone else seems to have said them."
Caroline: Can I change mine? Primal Scream 'Screamadelica.'
They are all clearly chuffed at playing The Astoria with Idlewild but who else would they tour with if they could?
Caroline: "Jane Addiction, just for the rock and roll."
David: Pixies, just so we can say we've supported them."
Kevin: "Slint, support band for Slint would be nice".
"What have been your favourite records this year so far?
David: "That Matador compilation. And Bonnie Prince Billy, 'I see a darkness'. That was a good album."
Kevin: "Built to Spill."
Charles: "Number One Cup. Was that this year?"
Caroline: "That was 1993 Charles!".
David compromises at '96. On a personal level though, the things we all have in common is that we all love the same bands. But do Seafood ever get fed up of the comparisons with Sonic Youth and Pavement?"I prefer them to being compared to Feeder like we were in this weeks Melody Maker". Kevin says, looking worried.
David polishes off his professional response."You do need reference points I suppose. I mean there are influences, but we're doing something different, doing a different take on things."
Kevin still looks distraught."We don't sound like Feeder do we?".
The thing is, Seafood sound sweet FA like Feeder. There is a resemblance to Sonic Youth, but only in the fact they know how to make a beautiful, skewered noise. So the latest single 'This is not an exit' is following their indie smash 'Easy Path' as a taster for their debut album 'Surviving the Quiet'.
Kevin: "We've just finished our new album. I've been listening to it, our album, and I really enjoy 'Toggle'. We're going to play it tonight but it'll probably kill the crowd because it's a slow one, then it goes hectic."
Charles and Caroline both opt for 'Folk Song Crisis' as the Seafood song they like most. David whole heartedly apologises for being tired and not very co-operative during the interview. The thing is, I've not interviewed a band who feel so much integrity for what they are doing as Seafood do, so you're forgiven dude.