INTERVIEW // Seaside: Darcy on Optimism, The Olympics and Goth Pop

INTERVIEW BY ASHLEY NAYLOR

I got the chance to sit down and have a yarn to Darcy from Seaside- after a few technical difficulties with Zoom, we caught up on future goals for the band, artistic aspirations and quotes on optimism that deserve to be framed on everyone’s walls. Here it is!!!

Ash: So I know you’re Darcy, talk to me about who Seaside is- who are the band members, what instruments you play? How’d you guys meet?

Darcy: So I sing, obviously, and play the guitar. We’ve got Tom, who has been one of my best friends for over a decade who plays the bass and then Chris is our drummer and we’ve been together for like seven years. And then Froggy on the guitar met Chris through his band called Waxhead and then he joined the band. So now we’re all now pals. 

Ash: How has Covid impacted you guys as a band? Has it been for the better in terms of you get to create new music?

Darcy: If we were like a bigger band that had a sold-out tour or something, it would be so much worse for us. But if anything, it forced us into each other’s company to write and stop fluffing around, I guess. It’s definitely been one of the most inspiring times. Like it’s been really good for my mental health. To be honest, like I just love just being able to sit at home and not have to have an excuse to not go somewhere. 

Ash: I think that’s an interesting take on it because most people have been, you know, feeling like being forced into isolation over this period has made them less mentally stable.

Darcy: I totally understand that aspect, too. And I think that I’m very fortunate in that way where it hasn’t affected me. It does concern me how many people would be in like a completely different headspace to me. For me, one of my biggest things is like anxiety. I get really bad social anxiety. So being forced to spend time with myself has been like, pretty cool. I’m trying to see like a positive side of it, because I feel like if we adapt as best as we can, that we can kind of make it through whatever is supposed to be the future. My heart goes out to anyone that is struggling.

I’m just not going to let it get me too down with the music thing. I’m just going to create some stuff so that when we can have a little slice of freedom we can start. I’ll definitely appreciate the first live show I got to that’s for sure.

Ash: Yeah, absolutely. You guys had your single release gig planned for Brisbane next weekend but it’s now scheduled to October. How are you feeling about that. are you optimistic or pessimistic?

Darcy: I have this weird thing and like Chris always says it to me, I’m really optimistic about really strange things. It’s like this saying that we always say it’s like ‘it is kind of what it is’. You can’t do anything about it. So I guess it’s just something for me to look forward to a little bit further in the future, I guess.

Ash: Yeah, especially it since it was for your single release ‘Dopamine’. So was that (single) the child of Covid, or was that in the works before then?

Darcy: I kind of feel like I’d written like a few bits and pieces for it beforehand.

I definitely think the way that it ended up was like a bit of a child of covid.

When we finally got to go and record, it was like we’d kind of perfected it in the way that we really wanted it instead of, like, kind of doing that after. And then we actually like co-produced it with a friend of ours, Bluey, who used to play in a band called Pilots. And he’s an insane writer like he’s really, really clever. He’s very switched on with what sounds good and what’s catchy. And he contributed a chunk of the chorus. So it was kind of nice to be able to do something with a mate for once in a calm space where you could just talk about stuff.

Ash: Yeah, absolutely. And I’ve noticed with your two most recent releases, so ‘Dopamine’ and ‘Shame’, they’re a lot different sounding to the stuff that you put out, like even from the EP “In Another Life”. Was there any specific inspiration for going more to a ‘dark post punk sound’?

Darcy: So it was always going to happen. I know when we started, obviously, we had a different guitarist and we were a little bit more, and I hate it when people describe it as this, but we were ‘coastal’ I suppose.

Personality wise and like the genres that we like and our favourite bands and everything, not a lot of those were ‘coastal’. Where we were from was defining us in a way. But after a while we were kind of like writing more things that sounded dark and we were like ‘we all like these bands. Why would we not want to sound more like that if that’s what inspires us?’ And then obviously we’re all kind of in agreeance, which was awesome then it was like a natural flow from there.

it’s been a progression. It’s a little tactical in a way. We knew we couldn’t just release ‘Shame’ and everyone be like ‘What the fuck’.

Like I love that song (Golden Girl) so much, but where I am in life and where we’re at as musicians, like, we don’t sound like that as much anymore. We still play it live.

 But ‘Sycamore’ was like a little bit sadder, I suppose. And I like writing like that more. It kind of evokes something a little bit more in me as a songwriter.

Tom calls us goth pop… goth pop, that’s our thing now.

Ash: So you mentioned before how you drew inspiration from bands that inspired you. Who would those bands be?

Darcy: I mean, The Cure is a massive one. I know that we all feel the same way. I know that at the moment we’re really liking Fontaines DC, The Pixies and Shame, and just things that sound a little bit more dark, I suppose. But I mean, naturally, we all kind of grew up listening to the Joy Division, The Cure, all of these bands. Anything Eighties is pretty good, too.

Ash: I know you guys played splendour in twenty eighteen. What would be the next biggest thing you’d like to achieve in your career as ‘Seaside’?

Darcy: We’re so grateful for kind of everything… Even if you play a shit show, it’s not shit in the sense that it’s like we’re happy to do everything. 

But I mean, the more you grow, obviously, the bigger your goals are.

 I think playing Splendour again would be amazing, even to play to like a tent and to have the tent be full, that would be a massive thing for us. I would like to probably do eventually an album and sell out shows in Australia. 

(That was just Chris opening a beer in the background haha)

Just to go overseas would be cool. And I’m quietly optimistic it will happen one day. So hopefully by that time we’ll be like, completely ready.

Ash: You can’t really put a time stamp on anything at the moment, obviously, especially with overseas travel and everything like that. But those sound like pretty achievable goals to me.

Darcy: I asked Chris the other day if he thinks that I could go to the Olympics. And he said no, but I’m quietly optimistic about that. I don’t have anything that I’m not good at. I don’t know, maybe just do that or I really want to go on, like Ninja Warrior, which I’ve watched maybe three times, and I’ve thought that it was achievable.

Ash: You’ll never know till you try.

Darcy: I could just set up a little ninja course in the back yard or something. I’ve got goals. Other goals. Might just stick to music for now.

Ash: Speaking of weird unrelated things, and goals (not really) did you happen to pick up any weird hobbies over covid. I know you’re a musician, but did you like to do the baking bread or?

Darcy: I didn’t bake at the time. I got really, really into painting. And I was really feeling myself like I thought these things were the best things ever. I went and bought all these paints and then I showed Chris and he was like, it looks like the cover of a diary.

And then I showed my friend Fez and he was like, it looks like a Typo diary. And I’m like, OK. So that was the end of that, I got roasted for it immediately and just went back to playing music. 

Ash: You could have done your album covers and all that stuff!

Darcy: I’m still quietly thinking I might I might be able to.

Ash: Speaking of, have you got any plans for releasing any more music this year? I know it’s a bit greedy, but anything new coming up.

Darcy: Right now is such a good time for people to listen to music. And I know I’ve listened to so much more music lately than I probably would. I think it’s a good time to be releasing. And I think if you’re writing, it’s good to kind of get that off your chest and then it makes way for growth.  We’ve got another song recorded now. And we will probably do like another couple in the next month or so, but maybe an EP. But I eventually would like to do an album. They’ll definitely be more stuff coming during the year. 

Ash: Any finishing up comments?

Darcy: Keep your head above water as much as you can. That’s my advice for everyone at the moment. I think we are all in it together. Stay optimistic. And yeah, if anyone ever needs to, like, try to reach out or whatever as a band, like, hit us up on Instagram or whatever, like a talk if you need anyone or advice or anything. On painting!

Thank you for chatting with me tonight Darcy!

*Interview edited for clarity

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