Following the positive reception of their debut single “Ghost & Shadow” in late 2019 (see the video below), UK melodic post hardcore / rock band SEEK HARBOUR jumped straight back into the studio to perform a DIY cover recording of “Sorry (I didn’t know)“, originally performed by garage artist Monsta Boy. This year, re-focused on the development of original material, and spending time on perfecting a follow up single “Sleepless Water”, which was released at the end of August, their work started to gain a wider audience. Today, under the UK’s Saviour Management umbrella (IMMERSE, JOOLS, THE YOUNG HEARTS) SEEK HARBOUR are back in the studio, writing lots of new material and getting ready for their new chapter as a band. We have teamed up with their guitarist CJto give you a special commentary on both singles, other bands recommendations and a special list of 10 tips for looking after your mental health during the current pandemic crisis.
SH are big believers that instrumental arrangement can often be as emotive as lyrical content – we try to reflect the demeanour of the song initially through the composition. We also tend to write about things that are personal to us, but they’re also topics/questions that hopefully will be relevant to most people, and we always hope the majority can relate to – i.e. scenarios that make us happy/we struggled to come to terms with etc. This will normally stem from one members memoirs, and then the rest will chip in with their own perspective.
They are never as generic as subjects as like heartbreak or love, and big respect to bands/artists that write in this more ‘instantly accessible’ fashion – we simply like to deal with more specific situations. Additionally, whilst the topics are personal, we wouldn’t ever want to call anyone out using the bands platform, rather – we opt for imagery/metaphor instead.
Ghost & Shadow addresses the (unfortunately far to prevalent) darker elements of co-parenting; focusing on the fears of an estranged father, the emotional struggles of not being allowed to see your child, whilst vocalising the positive undertone that the family member is still ‘of your blood’, and always will be.
Contrastingly, Sleepless Water depicts something that most people will (unfortunately) suffer with (to varying degrees) in their lives – addiction.
In this instance, the potentially damaging effects of alcohol abuse.
Knowing something/someone is bad for you, but feeling as though it’s too big of a mountain to climb. You put it off for another day, only to repeat that process indefinitely – until it’s arguably too late. As mentioned above, the band are big on imagery – and as were lucky enough to live by the sea here in the UK (other than Loz who is a city slicker) – it’d be fair to say our surroundings play a big part in the metaphors used in this track.
Thoughts on COVID-19
𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 – 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡.
We are happy & eternally grateful for the fact that our recorded music may offer someone a few minutes of solace during this uncertainty/isolation, in the same sense that other recorded audio has helped us get us through the somewhat ‘tougher’ times that we are all experiencing.
Whilst the sustainability and survival of venues is a major concern for everyone in SH, we’re using this time to write some new tracks, which we can’t wait to share with everyone in a live capacity – as soon as it is safe to do so.
SH Top 10 tips for looking after your mental health during a global pandemic – because its important
1. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to somebody (Sincerely – if you feel like you don’t have anybody, you could always drop us a snail mail [[email protected]]). We struggle to shut Edwin up at the best of times, so be careful what you wish for!
2. If you can, drink water, lots of it, its TASTY as hell, and good for your skin.
3. Take the time to revisit, and appreciate the place where you live. Notice new things, or reminisce about old things, whether you live in a city or somewhere more rural. (We live in the middle of nowhere).
4. Look out for each other – it only takes a second to check up on your neighbour/colleague, but it may just make their day. If everyone checks in on everyone… everyone is checked in on.
5. Don’t be a d**k. Even within the band we have contrasting opinions relating to Covid19, this is what makes people so interesting – be respectful of the guidelines, and we can sort out the right from the wrong once this is all over.
6. Get some exercise, not only does exercise free dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin – but it can help to relax the mind. (SH Science dept.)
7. It’s okay to have a bad day, one foot in front of the other, tomorrow is a new day! (It genuinely is totally normal to have a bad WEEK). Time passes.
8. Try a podcast. Even if you don’t live on your own, it can be comforting to hear familiar voices – I became a fan of “The Dollop” during lockdown, Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds are hilarious – check those boys out!
9. Make sure you get some sleep – All work and no play…
10. Don’t wear socks with sandals, its not big, and its not clever.