It’s been a big couple of years for Byron Bay’s Seaside. Since releasing their sophomore EP, Lover, We All Have Our Vices, last year the four-piece have received regular triple j airplay, played a bunch of festivals, including Splendour In The Grass, and chalked up a few laps of the East Coast playing shows.
Today’s single ‘Joyride’ is a shining example of why Seaside’s appeal is rapidly widening. Here, singer Darcy Dexter offers a vocal performance that is at times reminiscent of Kim Gordon’s brooding delivery, but also retains a pop sensibility. Backed by dueling Interpol-esque guitars and some deceptively high-energy snare work from drummer Chris Mellross, the band exhibits their ability to frankenstein genres with extreme craft. It’s familiar, but uniquely their sound.
Lyrically, the tune is something of a revenge number. Not in an overly vindictive way, but more in the sense of rising from the ashes of a shitty relationship, the I’m-over-it-and-doing-fine way. “[The song is about] “anyone who puts you down, and the strength it takes to leave a toxic situation,” Darcy says.
To celebrate the release of ‘Joyride’, Seaside will be hitting the road over October, November, and December, as well as playing three shows at Bigsound (FB events here). Check out the dates below:
Friday 25th October – The Gasometer Hotel (upstairs) – Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th October – Oaf Gallery Bar – Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th December – Indi Bar – Perth, WA
Saturday 7th December – Yalls Summer Fest – Yallingup, WA
Sunday 8th December – Mojo’s – Fremantle, WA
Tuesday 3rd September – The Foundry
Habit Unofficial Party
Tuesday 3rd September – The Outpost
Wednesday 4th September – Empire Hotel