Byron Bay locals Seaside's 2018 has already been a MASSIVE year. Not only have they recently released the absolute BANGER of a single 'Golden Girl' but they also had the pleasure of performing (and we had the pleasure of seeing them) at this year's Splendour in the Grass on behalf of triple j Unearthed. Amongst all of that, they're about to head off on their 'Golden Girl' Tour. We were lucky enough to snag time in their busy schedule to catch up with the band's very own 'Golden Girl' Darcy for a chat
Rabbit Radio: So you've just released 'Golden Girl' can you tell us what its about and the writing process for this one?
Seaside: 'Golden Girl' came about in a jam one day in our rehearsal space- the boys started playing a little riff and I was like "this is our next single, we need to finish it tonight so I can write the lyrics and show you what I hear, so they did, and I took it home and wrote to it.
Generally it was a bit different to our normal writing process, where the boys come to me with an idea and I sit down with it and write down all the things that come to mind, alternatively I send Froggy lyrics and he writes a melody to the words!
RR: When did you write this song and what were you feeling at the time?
SS: We wrote this song back in February, I was feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude to my friends, for always being there and always being such amazing people. Us girls have such strong bonds with one another, they’re almost unbreakable.
I was watching friends go through situations where they were left feeling lesser than they are, that really bothered me because they are all such amazing people, and nobody should ever be made to feel like that.
To me, the words "run back to the Golden Girl" are basically saying, ok, if you don’t appreciate all the good in this person, run back to your version of a Golden Girl, because in the end, we are all that person to somebody anyway! It’s about finding the person who sees you like they should ?
RR: When did you guys first get together as a band, Darcy have you always dabbled in singing?
SS: We started jamming together in 2016! We didn’t want to play shows until we were sure we were ready so we played together for months before we played our first show. I’ve always sung, I played the guitar and wrote my own music since I was about 11, but I always wanted to join a band- I love playing acoustic still but the vibe of playing music with a bunch of people who love it as much as me is a completely different feeling and so much fun.
RR: You've also just opened Saturday at Splendour In The Grass as The triple j Unearthed Winners, Can you tell us how you found out, did they call you? If so how did it go down and what was your initial reaction?
SS: We were actually out in the hills of Byron, shooting a campaign for Afends. We’d spent the whole day playing and the sun was starting to set and the view was incredible. I’d given my friend my phone to hold while we played and she was like you have a missed call from a weird number. I checked and it was Tommy from triple j, he called me back and we were chatting, he kinda slipped in "oh also do you guys wanna play splendour?"- I was so overwhelmed I kinda dropped to the ground and all my friends who were there ran over and tackled me. So cool to get the call on such an awesome day!
RR: A year a go to now did you ever think this would happen?
SS: No way! We take everything as it comes, and are so grateful for every opportunity we are given. I know how much hard work and love goes into everything that we do as a band so to have won splendour was such an amazing outcome. We just embrace every opportunity and give everything our all.
RR: Who did you love most at Splenour?
SS: It varies for all of us ! For me, it would be Methyl Ethyl, Ben Howard, Cub Sport and Soccer Mommy. For Chris I know Middle Kids (who wouldn’t be? They are amazing) and Soccer Mommy, Froggy was excited to see Methyl Ethyl and Tom was really keen to see Vampire Weekend!
RR: What's install for the rest of 2018?
SS: Well, we have our 'Golden Girl' Tour through August which I’m so excited for, and to be back on the road. We have a few new songs, and will be dropping a new single in a couple of months. We plan on just writing and playing and meeting new people and all the fun things that come with being in this band !!
RR: We've asked you to pick your top 10 songs, Can you tell us about one of them and why its so influential to you as a band?
SS: This was so hard! To choose 10 songs out of all the amazing tunes in the world, the songs we chose reflect the diversity of our musical backgrounds.
The one that I find most influential, (I’m sure the boys vary by instruments haha) is 'Milk' by Kings of Leon. This has been my favourite song since that album came out, everything about it totally throws me. The lyrics, the melody, the floating sounds and the euphoric feeling. Everyone wants to write a song that carries someone away, I do especially. What an amazing effect to have on somebody through your music, this song takes me on a gentle journey of sorts and the line ‘called and I called but I can’t get through, said he’s on his own but his own is you’ - my favourite lyrics ever !!