Hype List 2019: Sea Girls

They've made the BBC's annual Sound of longlist. Sea Girls are a band on a mission.

With a new year, comes the weight of expectation on a new batch of artists, thrust into the spotlight and expected to set the agenda for the twelve months ahead. That’s what The Hype List is about – a series of interviews, profiles and more highlighting who we think will be making a noise in 2019.

Indie newcomers Sea Girls were a standout from last summer’s festivals, often playing to crowds so unfathomably packed you wondered if they’d arrived in the right tent. Next up, a top 2019.

Hey Oli, how have you found 2018, then? Have you had many “woah, how did we get here?” moments?
2018 has been constant ‘How did we get here?’ moments! Playing Omeara [in London] really set the pace, and to then be playing Scala by the end of the year felt incredibly special. I don’t think when we started this band we expected to be playing 22 festivals for our first festival season. 

How far along are you with your debut album?
I’d say we’re at the most exciting stage right now – we’re bouncing ideas around, and there’s so much potential in everyone’s new songs we’re just having a great time exploring them! There’ll definitely be some favourites on there too so that’s a decision we’ll be making at some point. In terms of a concrete number I’d say we’re nearly there, but maybe today we’ll write ten amazing songs and start again! 

“We mean business”
Oli Khan

Can you let us in on any potential titles or the like? When do you reckon it’ll be out?
A gentleman never tells… though I can say that we’re hoping to have it out by the middle of next year. 

Has working on your first full-length thrown up any surprises, or unexpected challenges?
The main challenge is to represent where you’ve come from and to show where you’re going as well. Our first album will set the tone for what’s to come, and we’re aware we’ve got to get it right. We want to paint a picture of Sea Girls right now but with a tickle of Sea Girls future. 

Debut album aside, what’s top of your bucket list for the next twelve months or so?
We want to play even bigger shows, write even bigger songs and show everyone that we mean business.

Sea Girls tour the UK from 25th February. Taken from the December 2018 / January 2019 issue of Dork. Order a copy below.

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