INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Seasonal are a four-piece from Surrey, comprising of vocalist/bassist Matt Truseler, guitarists Alex Coombes and Max O’Neill, and drummer Alex Tickner.
Having formed early last year, the band have spent that time honing their sound, primarily pop-rock with elements of pop-punk, emo, pop and hard rock thrown in, the results of which can be heard in their recently released debut EP ‘Bloom’.
With this currently getting positive reviews and having recently supported Canadian emo/pop-punk quintet Seaway in London, there are very little reasons for the Guildford quartet not to be optimistic about their future.
Here’s what they had to say when I spoke to them:
How did the band first get together?
Three of us (Matt, Tickner and Max) were playing in bands together previously and we always jammed and wrote music regardless of band or no band. Max played Alex a demo that we had recorded, and pretty much the next week we started jamming and writing as a four-piece. This was around February/March last year.
How did you come up with the name Seasonal?
The name really just came from the change in the way we were approaching the project, like a change in the seasons. We just decided what we wanted to do.
Which other bands/artists do you take inspiration from?
We’re influenced by a lot of older bands like Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. We’re also really into more current bands like Transit, A Will Away and Have Mercy, to name a few.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
We practice as a full band every week and usually we will start jamming around with some ideas there. We then take this over to Matt’s house and demo the ideas in Logic so we can chop and change and play with them a bit.
After a few weeks, we’ll have several versions of the same track but we’ll have settled on the final one. Matt will usually come to practice with a vocal hook and decide the idea of the song and that’s that. I guess we take quite a logical approach!
You recently released ‘Bloom’, your debut EP. How was the recording process?
We loved recording ‘Bloom’. It was a lot of fun. We had some good times down in Folkestone at Hidden Track Studios with Oz. We did the whole thing over two long weekends, so it was broken up a bit which I think definitely helps with the cabin fever that usually ensues in a studio!
How well do you think it has gone down with critics, fans, etc?
We’ve had some really positive feedback across the board for the record so far. Dare I say no-one has said they dislike it yet! We’ve been really pleased with all of the comments, especially with it being our debut.
How is the band’s experience playing live?
A lot of fun! Our songs vary in ‘pace’ from each other so there’s highs and lows but we have loved all the shows we’ve played. We are really looking to develop our live profile currently, so keep an eye on our social media if you like what you hear, as we may be coming to a town near you later this year.
Now you have released your debut EP, what have you got lined up for the near future?
We’ve got a few one-off shows which you can find on our socials, and we are currently booking a weekender for the summer and further shows and possible tour later in the year. We’ve also just released a new video, so keep an eye out for that!
What is the long-term aim for the band? Where do you see yourselves in the next couple of years?
I don’t think we had a long-term aspiration for this band when we started really. We just enjoy writing, recording and playing live music, so we really just want to continue doing that for as long as possible. We all have those bucket list venues we would like to play, so fingers crossed for the future!
SEASONAL’S DEBUT EP ‘BLOOM’ IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD NOW FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes AND BANDCAMP.