Dear Seattle have had one crazy 2017 and its only getting better having just signed to James Tidwell's (Violent Soho) new label Domestic LaLa. With the release of their self titled E.P comes a defining sound for the band alongside some serious emotive lyrics. This change has been met unlike ever before and the band is selling out shows on their 'Cut You Deep' tour. A very humble and grateful Brea Fisher took the time to chat to Jariah from Rabbit Radio about how its all gone down.
Jariah: How’s are you going?
B: Yeah I’m good thanks how are you?
J: Not to bad, where abouts are you now?
B: Just at home, finally got a bit of time of thankfully
J: Haha not for long though..
B: Haha no not really, just lying in my bed whiles I can!
J: Aw nice so, you’re from Northern beaches?
B: Yeah originally but I live in North Sydney now unfortunately considering how hot it is today. Living in a shared house. The old dingy!
J: Yeah, I know how that goes. I don’t even know where to start this interview because so much going on for you guys at the moment isn’t there?!
B: Haha Yeah so many people have said the same thing!
J: You’ve have a whirlwind of a year…
B: Yeah, it’s insane!
J: So, I guess we’ll start with you’ve just kicked off your ‘Cut You Deep’ Tour with Eliza and The Delusionals who are from the Gold Coast, that looked pretty wild. How was that? The first show...
B: Yeah it was pretty insane, it was pretty much exactly what we could have hoped for for the first show on the tour, sell out in a room we didn’t expect to sell out. It was pretty mental. Especially for a Tuesday. We weren’t expecting people to get rowdy because people had work the next day. People were just going abosultely nuts and it was such a good feeling
J: cant event imagine. Is that the biggest show you’ve ever played?
I think so, it’s up there. I’m not sure in terms in people. It’s probably up there with the Yah Yah show we did on our last headliner in terms of the amount of people. It was such a room though it just felt like chaos! Haha it was so fun!
J: So where’s next on the tour?
B: Next we’re hitting up Canberra and playing the Transit bar, which is a small bar which is cool. We’ve never been there before as well which will be nice to get up there.
J: Haha never been before, it’s a city of round abouts pretty much
B: Haha well actually we did like 3 years ago, ages ago before this E.P. But it will be the first time off this new E.P and may as well be the first time.
J: So this is set to be the biggest national tour you’ve ever done?
B: Yeah definitely, well as long as people are buying tickets haha but its looking like it will be.
J: Where are you looking forward to playing most?
B: I think all of us we really love Melbourne. It really is, I feel the first place that we really started to get a good crowd. Every time we go there its always such an amazing feeling and we always have good rooms and things which is really really nice considering it’s not our home town. I think this one though because we are doing a few places we haven’t been before, we’re going to Adelaide and we went on the Kingswood tour a couple of weeks ago and it was mental. There was heaps of people there just for us as well going really nuts for it so I’m pretty excited to see how that goes as a headliner not just support.
J: Yeah awesome. Well you guys have been together for quite some time now, and you did have that line-up change. Is this the first time you’re really getting the vibe like YES these people are here for us?
B: Yeah definitely, I don’t think we really did a headline show before this E.P. If we did it was usually a co-headline if we did. But this is the frist time we’ve sold tickets. Every other time it’s just been door deals, so its mental to have that feeling that people are forking out some hard-earned cash to come to a show. It’s crazy to think of and so happy about it!
J: Was the change to steer you guys differently musically? When he left was that to go in a different direction?
It kind of happened simultaneously. We parted ways with him pretty much as we finished writing the E.P. There was a lot of changes in style, we started writing as a band what we wanted to write instead of trying to sound like bands we liked if you get what I mean. So, it naturally just went the way it did We’re still really good friends with him now. There’s no bad blood. It all happened strangely naturally I guess and none of us even really considered that all of this would come from it either. We thought well we kind of like the sound of this E.P, lets record it, we’ll put it out and see what happens.
J: and then BAM
B: Yeah haha HOLY SHIT!
J: So, I have to ask, Domestic La La? How did that happen?
B: Honestly, I wish I could tell you haha. Basically, from the story I’ve been told, James got shown ‘The Meadows’ and ‘Afterthought’ the two singles that have been released and he was really interested and thought it sounded really cool. He was originally planning to do the 7inch club, you know how he’s putting out a subscription based vinyl service where you put two bands on the same 7inch with a song each and you get one a month or something like that. He was going to hit us up about that. He asked us if we had anymore music to put on the vinyl and I ended up sending him the whole E.P and now the first song ‘The Things You Do’ is now his favourite song on the entire E.P. From there he was like ‘Ahh shit, let’s fast track the label thing’ haha! He was like ‘I wanna work with you guys far more closely than the 7inch club’. So we went and grabbed a beer at the Lord Gladstone in Sydney, chatted it out, spoke about music, spoke about everything and from there it just kicked off!
J: Was this a process or its just kind of happened rapidly?
It’s probably been about 2 months in the making. Still pretty rapid. Everything that’s happened this year has been pretty nuts. Its actually pretty funny, when he sent the email the original one, He was saying really enjoy the tracks... that kind of thing. I read it and was going to reply ‘yeah cheers man, hope to catch you at a show sometime’ thinking it was just another fan. I was like aw awesome thanks for the support haha so I was about to send that pretty much one sentence back. Then I looked at the email address and it said James from Violent Soho and I was like WHAT THE SHIT. Did the whole google thing and OMG so glad I didn’t send that back. None of this would’ve have happened if I sent that back haha! It was a bit touch and go.
J: So, I assume from all of this there’s big things to come in 2018? Can we expect an album?
Yeah definitely, we’ve been pretty hard at work trying to write it at the moment. We have quite a lot of songs done actually. I think the way we’ve always worked and what we did with this E.P which has seemed to of caught some eyes and ears, is that we try and write as many songs as we can then try and cut it down to the best ones that we’ve got. We’ve got about an album’s worth now but we’ll probably write 2 or 3 worth and then cut it down just to make sure its really solid. We wrote the E.P so long ago and I think time is really on our side. We have a bit of room to play and really experiment a bit and find something we find really unique and interesting.
J: You’ve also got Festival of The Sun on your tour. Have you been before?
B: No I never have, is it good? Have you been?
J: Haha yeah I went last year and loved it! Crazy good.
B: Sounds like a treat!
J: Who are you most looking forward to playing with?
B: We’ve played with her a few times before, but I absolutely just love doing it is Maddy Jane. We met her in Tassie for Till The Wheels Fall Off, Luca Brasi’s festival. We just hit it off. She’s also on the same booking agency as we are so we’ve popped up on a few things together and she’s a legend, very keen to see her. Also, I’m a huge fan of Holy Holy, their album ‘Paint’ is just so so good so I’m really keen to see that live.
J: So, you have a bit of a vast musical taste do you?
B: I probably listen to the most obscure music in the band, I often get a bit of shit from the boys aha!
J: What are some of your favourite up and coming Aussie bands around at the moment? What are you guys listening to?
Haha we always get asked this question and I never know what to say. I really like that band IVEY, they play indie rock. They’re a good one!
Slowly Slowly are a really cool band as well.
Awesome well thanks for the chat and we will catch you at FOTSUN and Miami Shark Bar December 15th