Seafret have come full circle. The Northern duo – Jack Sedman and Harry Draper – took on the world, releasing debut album ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ in 2016. It’s a record dominated by their move to London, signing to a major label, and plunging head-first into an industry they could scarcely understand.
Now it’s just them. Seizing their independence, the pair have returned to their hometown of Bridlington to work on something fresh, something new, something true to themselves. “I strongly believe that we’ve needed everything that’s happened to us,” insists Jack. “We needed to move down there, we needed to move away from home, be independent, and survive in London… We needed all that. We’re back here now… we’re like homing pigeons!”
Staying off-grid, Seafret left fans in anticipation for their next move. “We’ve been in the studio a lot, we’ve been writing all the time,” reveals Harry. “We just wanted to come off the boil a little bit. We were going flat out.”
“That’s why we haven’t rushed into anything,” his bandmate adds. “We’ve always been writing, but right now it feels like we are in control, and it all feels right. It just made it all a bit fresher for us and it shows in the songs, I think. There’s a real progression from the first record which is a nice feeling.”
New EP ‘Monsters’ was produced – and largely written – in Glasgow alongside producer Ross Hamilton, a figure whose quiet involvement helped spur on their debut LP. The material extends outwards in different ways – still resolutely Seafret, it incorporates darker moods, different instrumentation, all achieved in an incredibly natural way.
Jack explains: “Whereas before we were shut in a box where we wanted it stripped and acoustic, now we’re into a lot of different music. We listen to all different kinds of stuff we never used to.”
“Our songs develop naturally,” Harry says, “and they’re all quite different. It shows off different parts of the types of music we’re working on – from rock to more electronic sounds, with heavier samples. It’s part of what’s to come from the next record.”
It’s a shift in approach, but also a shift in mood. Seafret feel that little bit more relaxed, but also more determined. “The first album was inspired by moving away and missing everything. But then we’ve come back, so this album will be different. The tunes are different. The tunes are exciting.”
Removing themselves from the corporate machine, Seafret aren’t answerable to anyone but themselves. “We’ve always tried to rebel against that,” Jack insists. “As soon as we came out of that pressurised zone I just started writing songs, because I knew I didn’t have anyone telling us to write songs – I was just doing it for me.”
With support from Rosborough
Leave your misconceptions at the door when it comes to Rosborough. Here you’ll find none of the twee or comfortable affectations that come with so many of his guitar-slung solo peers. Loaded with an alternative grit but lifted by soaring, universal and cinematic soundscapes, Rosborough shares far more of the the sound and spirit of the likes of Jeff Buckley, early Suede and peak Radiohead than he does with his other male solo contemporaries.
Nothing is contrived for Rosborough. From his musical childhood and cutting his teeth in the vibrant but isolated scene of his hometown in Derry, to landing a deal with Ignition Records and garnering acclaim and radioplay for his lush debut single ‘Burn Blue’, his every move has been driven by his love for music alone. No wonder that in just three months, he’s become one of Ireland’s fastest rising stars. Authenticity comes effortlessly when this is the only thing you were born to do.