REVIEW BY TAMSIN JONES
SEA GIRLS HOMESICK OUT MARCH 18TH 2022
‘HOMESICK’ is the new album from the London formed band Sea Girls. Is available a week early announcing the release the 18th March on social media to their fans instead of the 25th on Polydor. ‘Homesick’ consists of 13 tracks that are not only filled with the iconic Sea Girl energy that attracts so many fans, but a personal touch that can be heard in the heart felt lyrics.
It took me a while to review this as I spent a lot of time taking in the lyrics as they were so expressive. It has all the magic and energy of a Sea Girls album but a deepness to each track maybe due to the the circumstances in which the album was written.
‘Homesick’ was written in lockdown in lead singer and guitarist Henry Camamile hometown of Lincolnshire, and produced in the California’s Topanga Canyon. Camamile describes that 5000 miles distance as a clash of worlds adding to the DNA of the album.
5 tracks have already been released off the album since February 2015 that include ‘Lonely’ which also included the video releases directed by James Slater (Sam Fender, Blossoms) it takes us into Henry Camamile thoughts and an unrequited love talking openly and honest about his love that never happened. Camamile says of the song
“It’s about the best friend I probably should have gone out with, but never did. We both moved on and the band happened and life got in the way for the both of us.” the intro is also a nod to Errico Morricone who died on the day it was written hence the western whistle.
Tracks like Hometown has an 80s style backing with lyrics that have you reminiscing. The album has such an opening personal feel to it, the grounding Camamile must have felt being in his hometown shines through songs such as ‘Sick’ don’t just include the claustrophobia felt during lockdown and the disheartening news we get fed so often but inspired by his nephew on the simple life that came with childhood.
The other side of the coin is the song ‘Lucky’ where ‘Sick’ mentioned all of the negatives of lockdown but also at the end of the song reflecting on being that self absorbed..’i’m sick of never asking how you feel. ‘Lucky’ looks at the situation with a more positive light.
Sea Girls are an open band that don’t shy away from being vulnerable and discussing their own issues, their debut album ‘Open Your Head’ which Camamile said gave a new understanding of mental health problems due to a head injury, it allowed him to express himself in way that he hadn’t before.
The album shows a mature side to the band although we have the riffs, the melodies, the energy, we have even more in this second release even though it was written in a time when life had almost paused. Discussing gratitude in the song ‘friends’ and speaking of honesty and responsibility in ‘sleeping with you’ that speaks of having feeling for someone else even when you are with the person you are sleeping with
The air of vulnerability shines through this second album, Being able to speak of life experiences and be completely raw, will continue to provide an insight and new level of understanding into others lives, which we as humans find so intriguing and in most cases resonate with.
Itching to get back on stage Sea Girls are making up for lost time and starting their tour in May with record store shows.
May (UK Indie Record Store Shows)
Fri 3rd Manchester, Gorilla
Wed 4th Liverpool, Arts Club (Out Of Phase Records)
Thu 5th Preston, Blitz (Action Records)
Sat 7th Dundee, The Church (Assai Records)
Sun 8th Sheffield, Foundry (Bear Tree Records)
Tue 10th Bristol, The Fleece (Rough Trade)
Wed 11th Bournemouth, Old Fire Station (Vanilo Records)
Thu 12th Kingston, Pryzm (Banquet Records)
Sun 15th Nottingham, Rough Trade (Rough Trade)
Sun 29th Neck of The Woods Festival, Norwich
Sat 4th Live At Leeds: In The Park Festival
Fri 17th Isle Of Wight Festival
Fr 22nd Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
Sat 30th Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Sun 31s Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
November (UK Headline ‘The Hometown Tour’)
Thu 17th Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 18th Birmingham, O2 Academy 1
Sat 19th Glasgow, O2 Academy
Tue 22nd Cardiff, University Great Hall
Wed 23rd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Fri 25th London, Alexandra Palace
Sat 26th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
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