SINGLE REVIEW: The Seamonsters – ‘How To Be Famous’


It’s a while since I reviewed a release from The Seamonsters, much too long to be honest. With each release the band seem to be better and better. This is no exception.

It’s a punky/New Wave-y thing but there’s a twist – there’s always a twist with The Seamonsters – it has heaping spoonfuls of 60s’ pop. This is in the rather wonderful organ that runs through the track, and the fact that at times it goes all sort of psychedelic-pop. But it drives, it drive when it takes off into some harder.

It actually does that quiet/loud thing – although this, just in case you may have been thinking it, no alt-rock song. It’s all light and sultry one moment and the next it gets way punky. But what makes it hang together all so well, is the drumming – you’d expect that with The Seamonsters, the drums on their releases always impress me.

The other thing that makes it work so well is Naomi’s vocals, always a highlight, which change – one moment she’s kinda quiet and whispery, the next 60s’ pop and then she uses something that reminds me of Clare of Altered Images in the driving sections – you’ll have to listen hard there’s layers and layers of vocals but it’s there..

So that’s the musical side of the track, what of the words? The song explores digital culture, specifically social media, and the damage it causes. The words are well worth listening to. But even if you don’t take that time to hear the words this track is one huge joy.

Tempting as it is to say ‘damn The Seamonsters do it again, this is brilliant’ I feel I shouldn’t, that’s way too easy. This is music for the feet, it’s way danceable and I challenge you not to feel an irresistible urge to throw shapes to this, and it music for the ears – you can quite easily just sit and listen to it. Sorry can’t resist. Damn The Seamonsters do it again, this is brilliant, simply brilliant.

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