The Sea: New York

With their new album Rooftops due for release in May indie rock band The Sea give an advance taste with their new single New York, and what a full and vibrant teaser it is. Their first release since2009, the track is a mighty feast of big melodies and even bigger sounds that lift the emotions and send the senses reeling in a swell of warmth and energy from its upbeat heart.

The Sea consists of brothers Peter (vocals, guitar, piano) and Alex D’Chisholme (vocals, drums) and has only has one intention which is to inflame the heart with infectiously melodic tracks brought within a large and welcoming wealth of sound. New York epitomises their intent perfectly and lays great anticipation down for the forthcoming album.

The duo began in 2007 out of their garage in Newquay, their jamming sharing time with surfing. The following year saw them voted “best unsigned band in the UK” by XFM radio as well as grabbing a support slot for The Enemy at London’s Brixton Academy. 2009 saw firstly their debut single Love Love Love thrust them to stronger attention, the release selling out within two months of its January release and receiving impressive acclaim from the UK music media such as NME, Kerrang, The Fly and also becoming the single of the week in The Guardian. Released on their own Lusty Records label the pair followed it up with their further acclaimed debut album Get It Back, again off their own fiercely independent backs on Lusty in the UK and Pop Up Records in Europe. Subsequent singles Don’t You Want Me and By Myself only cemented and increased their stock as did the touring for the remainder of the year within England and Europe which included supporting Muse at their Teignmouth homecoming gigs in September and a gig at the CMJ in New York in October.

2010 saw the band work on follow up album Rooftops bringing in producer John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Oasis, Razorlight) to help realise the bigger sound they were contemplating for the release.  Alongside this The Sea played four separate European festival headline slots including the Musikschutzgebiet Festival in Germany and Kuahgartn Open Air Festival Switzerland and for the latter part of the year with the recordings into their final stages played 20 gigs in seven countries in 22 days all of which sold out and ending in their triumphant UK homecoming in London. Shows continued into 2011 across Europe and N. America until a freak surfing accident that summer left Alex with a broken neck and the distinct possibility he would never play or walk again. But he is a drummer after all and within months he was back behind his kit, at full steam and engaged in Autumn tours through Europe, New York and Montreal.

New York marks their welcomed recording return with an anthemic power alongside a fine melodic finesse and sound that sets The Sea up for another successful year. The song confidently strides in on eager yet compliant guitars and rhythms, the sound a warm invitation before expanding with irresistible glorious arms of dazzling horns and grand harmonies. The result is an insatiable rousing of the senses and emotions, a song one cannot fail to be swept up to joyful heights and in to breathlessness from. New York is immense; a towering explosive creature that one just knows is as mighty live.

If New York is the indication of what Rooftops is going to treat us too roll on May, in fact let us delete April and get right too it.

RingMaster 03/04/2012

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