of the most consistent bands for the best part of the last decade is
unquestionably Seafood. Theyve just released a splendid fifth
studio album and thankfully frontman David Line eventually recovered
from a collapsed lung after doctors effectively had to superglue
the offending organ into his chest. He is, in his own words, a
walking miracle. Worth asking a question or two, if you ask us
AD: Hows the lung holding up these days?
DL: My lung seems to be doing well and sends its love to one and
all. The new album lyrically was very much shaped by my 2 years of lung
disasters. It was a pretty depressing time for myself and the band and
so rather obviously this period of my life was always going to reflect
in the next record. I wanted to write a more upbeat record this time
round and in a strange way I think I have!
AD: Paper Crown King is, mostly, a wonderfully noisy
album. Was there a conscious decision to move away from the relative
serenity of As The Cry Flows or did it just happen?
DL: It was a conscious decision, through and through. We found that
when we went to play ''As The Cry Flows'' live it just wasn't really
us. The folksier side of the band is not how we play and therefore we
wanted to record an album that captured the more raw and live feel of
the band and for us not to record a studio album.
AD: This is your fifth album do you think its your best,
and if so, what reasons would you give for that?
DL: Its definitely my favourite overall record. I am really pleased
with the sound of it, especially the vocals and the lyrics. It is also
the most coherent record we have done and kinda does one thing instead
of our usual mix of all things from country, psychedelic to rock. Plus
we recorded and produced it all ourselves so it meant a lot to get it
done and also to be getting such good feedback about it.
I was gobsmacked to realise youve been around for ten years now.
Whats been the most important thing to you musically and
as a band - over the past decade?
DL: God, what a question. I am not sure thats tough.
I have seen so much happen in the last 10years, but I guess for
us right now it is all about having fun with the songs and just
enjoying the fact that people still seem to love us. In order for the
music to work you have to be happy making it and playing it.
The band has suffered many mishaps over the years but we have
also had the most amazing time and we have achieved many things most
bands can only dream of. I am very proud of Seafood and the music
we have made and make. There are too many things that inspire me
as a musician. I can't just pin it down to one thing.
AD: I love the artwork on the new album its like a particularly
dark childrens fairytale. What inspired that?
DL: I love it too. I love weird dark twisted fairytales and I saw that
painting in Caz's collection. We all agreed that was going to be the
album artwork. It seemed to fit with the lyrics, album title and how
we were feeling at the time
ya know like a big cat with a house
for a head.
AD: What does Paper Crown King mean exactly?
DL: Thats for all you lot to work out/decide/choose. But basically
one could feel like a king without being a real one
AD: If you could change one thing about your career or even
your life what would it be?
DL: I wish I had never smoked.
AD: What has been the highlight of your time in Seafood to date?
DL: I have a few, but playing Glastonbury to a packed tent was an amazing
feeling. More recently our last UK tour was one of the best tours we
have ever done. We really did have a lot of fun and the crowd response
left us with a warm glow.
The final track, How You Gonna Live Without Me? seems rather
angry. Is it aimed at anyone in particular?
DL: Caz wrote, played all the parts and recorded that track all on her
own so I am not sure who that is aimed at. I am just hoping that it
is not me!!
AD: How much further can you take Seafood? Whats your ultimate
DL: Good question. Not sure. Maybe we have gone as far as we can with
this band, but on the other hand I still feel that we are such an underrated
band and deserve some recognition and we still have a lot left to prove.
As The Cry Flows was released on September 4th and includes
an alarming array of tremendous tunes. Youd be damn silly not
to check it out.
Interview: Tone E