Seattle Yacht Club are an inventive duo from Southport who are dishing out energetic vocals, vivacious keys, and lively, rockin’ music. Once you have a taste of Seattle Yacht Club’s sound, you’ll understand why this band has quickly become a favourite. When first reading this interview, I realized it only gets better and better as the band answered our questions with their own charismatic and cheeky flair. Getting back to us after a hyper day in the studio, Tom Dale and Denis Brice took the time to speak with AMBY about increasing their carbon footprint, writing “super cool new songs” and Japanese proverbs!
AMBY: Hello Seattle Yacht Club, we appreciate you taking the time to do this! What have you been up to lately?
Seattle Yacht Club: Hey there Alicia and the team, thanks for interviewing us. Since we released our video for Same Old Questions, we’ve been playing in the studio working on defining our sound for our EP that we are planning on releasing in the next month or so. As well as exercising our minds to reduce the Christmas fat; we call it mental athletics, our favorite is dream running.
AMBY: How would you describe Seattle Yacht Club’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Seattle Yacht Club: We like to be cheeky with how catchy we can make a song, while giving it an unpredictable edge with quirky production forged from the fields of electro arty pop.
AMBY: Same Old Questions is one of the coolest songs I’ve heard in a while. How did this song come to be?
Seattle Yacht Club: We like our music to be as cathartic for the listener as it is for us to create, and we feel that Same Old Questions sums this up. The song is about the innocence of a relationship, the fact that everyone questions everything they do, every action they take and every minor detail that is over read. When in reality questions don’t need to be asked, love aint no game suga!
The catharticism lies in the message that we don’t need to stay up at night stressing about these same old questions, have an extra sugar in your tea, have a crumpet and be done with it because life’s too short.
AMBY: What’s something you’d like to do that you haven’t done yet?
Seattle Yacht Club: We’d love to increase our carbon footprint and play places far and wide (such as Toronto!), there’s been mentions of us getting a few gigs around Europe so we’ll see how that unfolds. Oh and also get a Siamese cat, I heard they feel real strange.
AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?
Seattle Yacht Club: During 2013 we just want to grow, write some super cool new songs and keep on moving! We’re planning our next music video at the moment, and would love to have a sweet collection by the end of the year. This ain’t no disco. We will be copiously gigging along with the EP release, which should dominate our time for the rest of the year.
AMBY: If Seattle Yacht Club were to cover any song, which would it be any why?
Seattle Yacht Club: We’ve been thinking about this for awhile, we’ve always had an obsession with Man In The Mirror by the mighty Michael Jackson, it’s the first song we both fell in love with. It’s a great song but to try and twist to our sound could be a crucifixion, we wonder whether such a classic should just be left as it is.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Seattle Yacht Club: We’ve been listening to a lot of Godley & Crème recently, we love their mad 80s art-school production, which is a big influence on us. There’s also a few gems like Tokyo Police Club, Chvrches, Dutch Uncles who have got a really cool vibes to them.
AMBY: What is your favourite quote or lyric?
Seattle Yacht Club: “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty”. Japanese Proverb
We got told this quote the other day, its humorous we know, but tea always gets us through our creative times, and especially the hard times. This reminds us of the song ‘Have a Cuppa Tea’ by The Kinks, which is a beautiful demonstration of English mentality of when things are going shit, at least you can still enjoy a cup of tea!
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Seattle Yacht Club: There are a few good albums coming out this year, such as a Theme Park, and possibly Arcade Fire too, which would be beautiful. We’re really excited to see what unfolds in the progress of Seattle Yacht Club.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Seattle Yacht Club that nobody knows yet?
Seattle Yacht Club: We’ve lived next door to each other our whole lives. Also, Tom can’t sit still for longer than a minute, we time him once a week to try and improve it but I think it’s getting worse, he’s done many laps of the studio and kitchen while I (Denis) have been typing this.
You can listen to Same Old Questions below! A truly magnificent song. And thank you very much Seattle Yacht Club, for giving me your answers!