REVIEW: Sea Girls @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

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Entering the stage to Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls just wanna have fun’, the incredible indie band Sea Girls immediately knew how to catch the crowd’s attention, particularly the group of fans at the front of the stage who offered the band members beers to which they were very grateful. Having seen many bands live in which the members have an air of superiority over the crowd, it was extremely refreshing to see that the band members were everyday cheeky lads that were very down to earth, having laid back conversations with crowd members like they were best mates. The lead singer even joined in with the mosh pit during one of their numbers and crowd surfed in their last song.

The Leadmill venue never disappoints, with an indisputable 80’s vibe and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling only further adding to the intimacy of the venue, everyone in the crowd seemed present and connected to the band, reciting their catchy chorus lyrics, which shows the effectiveness of keeping things simple, word for word. My favourite song of the night was ‘Heavenly War’, which had echoes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Kooks, but it also displayed the unique sound that the band offers. Despite the gloomy rain storm which hit Sheffield earlier that day, I felt like I was transported back to the summer with the positive, upbeat songs, which had all the crowd dancing.

The lead singer had a beautiful voice that gave me shivers, it reminded me of Dan from Bastille with the large vocal range that he had and the vibrato in his voice. I was also amazed at how he was able to maintain a high energy throughout the gig, dancing on the speakers and connecting with his band mates on the stage, who were equally vibrant.

The band certainly knows how to write songs for gigs, as every song had the audience cheering and dancing along to the beat, particularly ‘Too much fun’, which the crowd members sang with relatability.

The show follows the band on their 2018 UK tour travelling to places like Newcastle, London, Brighton, Southampton and Bristol showcasing the release of their latest single ‘All I want to hear you say’, and their recent EP ‘Adored’. Supporting the band are the equally lively band ‘The Pale White’, who I had the pleasure of talking to after the gig as they were very friendly, signing t-shirts and offering tips for newcomers to the music industry.

If there is one thing I could say about the band Sea Girls it is that they certainly are ‘adored’.

Check out their music at https://www.seagirls.net/music or on Spotify.

Words by Amy Clarke

Edited by Megan Drew

Featured image courtesy of Sea Girls/ Phil Smithies 

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