Sea Girls are:
Henry Camamile (Vocals/Guitar), Rory Young (Guitar), Andrew Noswad (Bass) & Oli Khan (Drums)
Picture the scene. Thousands upon thousands of fans gathered in one space with hands aloft, screaming along to every word and their body shaking with adrenaline as track after track hits them like a tidal wave. That feeling, of being wrapped up in a band who seize the euphoric and turn it into something vital and real in front of your eyes, that feeling is what makes a band special. Emblazoned front and centre, it’s what Sea Girls burst and pulse with – a band aiming first and foremost at being the torch-bearing sing-a-long for a whole new generation and a band trading, at its core, in what may seem the simplest of sciences. Turn everything up a notch, write anthems to throw yourselves into and be that soundtrack for the best nights of people’s lives.
As front man Henry Camamile remembers, it’s a feeling driven from memories past – reimagined and amplified into 2018 and beyond. “The first gig I ever went to was Bloc Party with The Cribs, and I went and was like f**k, I’ve never been to a live show before. Shit, this is so cool that there’s this guy on stage singing that makes me feel like that. Brandon Flowers from The Killers had a similar effect when I saw him for the first time. I’d listen to albums over and over and imagine it’s me performing, and when you imagine playing those songs it’s not in a small cafe – you want them to have a huge impact in the biggest rooms possible”.
It’s a far cry from dream-setting days growing up and bonding around Leicestershire, scattered across tiny villages with little to nothing about in terms of entertainment. The kids around them at school more into classical music than the idea of a band, it was a childhood full of expectations to join the school choir, try out jazz or simply settle into a countryside life with no questions asked. It’s understandable why all four were at some point banned from the school’s music department, and why playing jazz flute wasn’t exactly on their radar. “We don’t know why, but naturally we just wanted to be in a band” recalls Henry, “The first thing we did at school together was try to start a band. Before anything else”.
Tried and tested, Henry, guitarist Rory Young, drummer Oli Khan and bassist Andrew Noswad floated between a pick and mix of bands – different styles and variations (some more successful than others), playing alongside each other in various incarnations – playing ‘festivals’ in friends back gardens, swapping instruments constantly. “There was nothing else to do but play music, get drunk and be round each other’s houses” points out Andrew. Yet, a chance opportunity for some free studio time proved to be the catalyst that pulled Sea Girls into place, joined by a shared ambition and history to make the stadium-sounding hits they dreamed of when staring up at their ceilings.
“I went to a gig and was watching this band play KOKO” lays out Henry, “and I was like – f**k man, I know we can make a better band than this! Let’s start with that goal, to play KOKO”. As fate would have it, Oli, Rory and Andrew were having a similar experience at the time (“we were at a gig and thought we can definitely do this”) and with the win of studio time under their arms and Oli deciding to teach himself drums just to click into where they go next, they gathered together and slotted into place a formation that ultimately would lead to Sea Girls.
It meant that Henry was suddenly faced with a newfound role as a front man, no longer shifting and changing roles in bands, but finding a place for him to be a focal point for an entirely new band, it’s a story born of a childhood surrounded by music. “My Mum was quite the music connoisseur, massively into prog, was a hippy and used to DJ – so I was worried to do my own music because I thought she’d judge me. I daren’t say I wanted to be in a band until I was 15 when I plucked up the courage to say, ‘can I have an electric guitar’?” Now he’s leading the charge for a band ready to take any preconceptions or worries and shove them deep into the ground to glide over it all with frenzied indie goodness. “I knew it was serious when I was on a train and Oli sent me a track that Rory had written called ‘Daisy, Daisy’ and I thought – oh right, we’re serious now”, a start to a persistent commitment that would see the band play for over a year and a half to rooms across the country, all whilst knowing that “there was something there, we knew we had something there”.
“I feel natural doing it” comments Henry on his centre stage role, something evidently clear when rolling up to a Sea Girls show. Immediate joy and pandemonium from front to back, a Sea Girls show captures everything they’ve experienced across teenage years in tiresome towns and sets it ablaze into the sort of party that bottles that feeling. That feeling, even if it’s from one night only, of jubilant celebration and wiped minds – where all that’s left is the sounds and vibrations you can feel sizzling along the floor as a band commands a vast stage in front of them. It’s the ability to attach memories to anthems, of meaning something here and now, a year down the line or ten years down the line – standing the test of time by soundtracking the now. The Maccabees, The Killers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bastille, White Lies. Picture the band, picture the moment and picture the sound – it’s a combination Sea Girls were born to seize in their hands – and with the likes of ‘Heavenly War’, ‘Too Much Fun’, ‘Call Me Out’ ‘Eat Me Whole’ and `Too Much Fun’ already under their belts, it’s a feeling already becoming an absolute phenomenon.
Now when looking out, Sea Girls are met with the scenes and crowds they were once a part of – and it’s only set to get bigger. “We want to be the biggest band that we can be” states Rory, the band nodding and smiling in unison. Constantly looking to write the next big sing-along firework, ambition is clear. When on stage, Sea Girls are a tidal wave unstoppable in its power – Henry a prowling force full of mystery and vision, a captain leading whatever room is in front of him into a new and exciting direction. One ripped of genre and generic flavour. “You’re now competing with everyone, forget being in a guitar bands” notes Henry, “at the end of the day we’re writing music and songs and you want those to impact people and their lives. You’re up against every genre. Lorde, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey are all influences for me – any kind of music can get through to anyone”.
In the space of a year, the name Sea Girls has become something meaningful – a band bonded together as best mates all wrapped and hooked on the joys of being in a band and facing the globe after late nights at each other’s houses with nothing else to do but write and play. Now, with the sort of spilling reaction that follows them everywhere, those days where a band can take on the world and grab a generation by the scruff of the neck are back and blazoned big above Sea Girls’ heads. As Oli points out, “it feels like we’ve been given a mandate by the people that come out to see us and know what we’re doing is working”. With every word, every flick on stage and every cry – Sea Girls feed off something indisputably classic, taking a feeling felt for generations but needed for the one ahead.
Sweat dropping off walls, voices hoarse after screaming along all night – Sea Girls are bringing things forward to the pure joy of what a band should be.
“That time” recalls Andrew, thinking back to the bands that soundtracked the life-changing moments of youth, love and hope that all come with finding your feet in modern life. “That time, it’s a time of first cars y’know – of having CDs and driving round at night with albums playing. That’s the sort of moment that’s really formative to me. The idea of being that for someone else is really exciting, thinking of an 18-year-old with their first car and the music playing…”
The band recently celebrated one year since the release of their debut EP “Call Me Out” by releasing another EP out in to the world. The “Adored” EP was a new collection of songs that saw the band rise well above the chasing pack during their busy 2018 festival season, and they’ve followed quickly on its heels with huge new track All I Want To Hear You Say, out now. The stars above them and the thousands set in front of them, Sea Girls are dreaming big – now the world is invited to dream big with them.
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