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Released 14th August 2020.
Sea Girls are: Henry Camamile (Vocals/Guitar), Rory Young (Guitar), Andrew Dawson (Bass) & Oli Khan (Drums)
Picture the scene. Thousands upon thousands of fans gathered in one space with hands aloft, screaming along to every word and their body shaking with adrenaline as track after track hits them like a tidal wave. That feeling of being wrapped up in a band who seize the euphoric and turn it into something vital and real in front of your eyes, that feeling is what makes a band special. Emblazoned front and centre, it’s what Sea Girls burst and pulse with - a band aiming first and foremost at being the torch-bearing sing-a-long for a whole new generation and a band trading, at its core, in what may seem the simplest of sciences. Turn everything up a notch, write anthems to throw yourselves into and be that soundtrack for the best nights of people’s lives.
BBC Sound Of nominated British 4-piece Sea Girls are excited to announce the release of their debut album Open Up Your Head on 14th August 2020. Recorded in London the emotionally charged deeply personal hook laden debut features memorable jagged guitar pop a taster of which can be heard on new singles Do You Really Wanna Know? and All I Want To Hear You Say, an explosion of joyous indie rock which both premiered as Radio 1 Annie Mac's Hottest Records In The World. Sea Girls are the bastard sons of The Killers and The Strokes. They have created a debut album that is stunningly uplifting, ferociously reflective and most importantly brutally honest. Adept at delivering storytelling arena ready anthems, attend a Sea Girls gig and you'll see them play tightly honed tunes to crowds chanting back every word to songs that pack such solid punches - it's a sure fire indication this band will not be held back for long. The last year has seen Sea Girls play a plethora of UK and European festivals as well as support shows for The Foals, debut European and US headline tours and selling out UK dates including the legendary Manchester Academy 1, Glasgow Barrrowland and London 02 Brixton Academy.
As front man Henry Camamile remembers, it’s a feeling driven from memories past - reimagined and amplified into 2020 and beyond. “The first gig I ever went to was Bloc Party with The Cribs, and I went and was like f**k, I’ve never been to a live show before. Shit, this is so cool that there’s this guy on stage singing that makes me feel like that. Brandon Flowers from The Killers had a similar effect when I saw him for the first time. I’d listen to albums over and over and imagine it’s me performing, and when you imagine playing those songs it’s not in a small cafe - you want them to have a huge impact in the biggest rooms possible”.
It’s a far cry from dream-setting days growing up and bonding around Leicestershire, scattered across tiny villages with little to nothing about in terms of entertainment. The kids around them at school were more into classical music than the idea of a band, it was a childhood full of expectations to join the school choir, try out jazz or simply settle into a countryside life with no questions asked. It’s understandable why all four were at some point banned from the school's music department, and why playing jazz flute wasn’t exactly on their radar. “We don’t know why, but naturally we just wanted to be in a band” recalls Henry, “The first thing we did at school together was try to start a band. Before anything else”.
Tried and tested, Henry, guitarist Rory Young, drummer Oli Khan and bassist Andrew Dawson floated between a pick and mix of bands - different styles and variations (some more successful than others), playing alongside each other in various incarnations - playing festivals in parks and friends back gardens, swapping instruments constantly. “There was nothing else to do but play music, get drunk and be round each other’s houses” points out Andrew. Yet, a chance opportunity for some free studio time proved to be the catalyst that pulled Sea Girls into place, joined by a shared ambition and history to make the stadium-sounding hits they dreamed of when staring up at their ceilings.