Introducing: The Seagulls

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Five-piece modern pop troupe from Leeds with a psychedelic lean and Brit rock vibe…

YOUR NAME: Dom Richmond
BAND NAME: The Seagulls
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? I play guitar and sing.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC?
This particular line-up, about two years or so. However, myself and the drummer Sam have been making music together for about five years now. Also, my brothers Jon and Nick are in the band and we’ve played together in several outfits before, so I suppose quite a while really.

GIVE US THREE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. We’ve been told we sound like a ‘tropical pop troupe’ from the sixties.
2. Three of us share the same surname.
3. Two of us share the same underwear.

WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Smaller, intimate gigs are normally the best, your guitars seem to get lost a bit in large venues and the wind can be a right pest on festival stages.

“Persuade Christopher Nolan into letting us do the new Batman”

seagulls artworkWHAT WAS YOUR FIRST …
RECORD? Michael Jackson, History.
CD? Club Anthems 2000.
DOWNLOAD? I think it was a Bright Eyes track, ‘First Day of My Life’?

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
If I owned a mansion I wouldn’t do anything. I’d probably have a heart attack around that time from eating too many take-away. I always feel food is much nicer when someone else makes it, like the Colonel or Ronald (McDonald). I can’t really speak for the rest of the band, but I can’t really imagine any of us living in a mansion, we’d probably still have the studio in a bedroom. In fact, that’s what we’ll do, build a big studio in the mansion and persuade Christopher Nolan into letting us do the music on the next Batman!

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I love writing and producing music so I’d probably do that or compose for film.

“Guy Fawkes was from Yorkshire. Bloody traitor”

CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES …
Me and Jon had a very similar music taste growing up and always listened to the same records so there are probably not many off the top of my head. I know Alex (our bassist) likes The Spice Girls because his nickname is ‘Spice’ for that reason, but I’m not too keen on them I have to say.

WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
There are just too many! The Chuckle Brothers? They were funny and I think they’re from Rotherham. Or Jarvis Cocker, big fan of Jarvis. Did you know Guy Fawkes was from Yorkshire? Bloody traitor.

NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
Syd Barrett – Vocals/Guitar.
Ray Davies – Vocals/Guitar.
George Harrison – Lead Guitar.
Ray Manzarek – Organ.
Ringo Starr – Drums.

GO SEE THIS FILM: The Usual Suspects.
GO READ THIS BOOK: On The Road, Jack Kerouac.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Del Shannon.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: The Vamps.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? LEEDS!

AND FINALLY … AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?
Your gratitude is much appreciated.

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