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The band prove not to be washouts as they play to an eager crowd.
Published: 22/05/2022  Photos: Tom Sunderland 
 Author: Joel Arthur

It’s a long time since I’ve gone to see a more indie-based band, but I’m happy to share that Sea Girls don’t let genre necessarily define their sound, simply telling their story and the audience singing along.

I first heard Sea Girls from a game soundtrack of all places, DIRT 5, not that I’ve ever played the game. I’m going to go on the record and say it was a very happy accident. Little did I know that I’d have the opportunity to catch them live in Nottingham at the intimate Rescue Rooms.

Playing the majority of their album, ‘Open Up Your Head’ alongside their most recent EP, ‘DNA’, London based four-piece Sea Girls took the stage in a standalone lineup, and though I found it jarring at first, the experience was still just as satisfying as more common multi-band line ups.

The room didn’t take long to fill with avid Sea Girls fans who waited with patient anticipation for the band to take the stage. With a smooth air of confidence, they did exactly that after a moment of silence. It was simple but captivating and all attention was focused as lead singer Henry Camamile greeted with a simple ‘Hello Nottingham’ before launching into ‘Sick’.

It didn’t take long for Camamile to dispose of his mic stand, setting the tone of movement all over the stage.

The band have brilliant chemistry with one another, taking advantage of all the stage space and bantering with each other through body language, guitarist Rory Young exemplifying this through his constant motion. There was very rarely a moment where he stood still, instead, jumping in the air of the majority of the more energetic songs. Even when he didn’t play, he wasn’t static, feeling the flow of the music. This made me feel more involved with the performance, even just as an audience member.

As a frontman myself, I find this kind of constant engagement extremely vital to holding the attention of your listeners and I was fully locked into the show. It’s a shame that Young’s microphone for his backing vocals were so low in the mix, practically inaudible, but bassist Andrew Noswad filled in the gaps with some excellent support.

One of the most memorable moments from the show, however, was Camamile testing the audience’s involvement. It takes an immense amount of trust that things will work out to stop singing entirely and let the audience do it for you. Alternatively, it could’ve been considered confidence, especially with what is their more listened to track on Spotify, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’. All instruments dropped out in the bridge and all Camamile had to do was hold out his microphone for the audience to sing the lyrics acapella, before the band rejoined back in time for the final chorus. It was an endearing experience to be a part of, and I hope to see them again when they return to Rock City in November.

Though the audience wanted more there and then, repeating a wave of ‘encore!’, summoning the band back on stage for one more go. All Camamile said was 'You've been fire mates, you've been fire' before launching into ‘Lucky’, which thematically talks about feeling like fire.

Though it was short, it's fair to say that this show with Sea Girls left a sweet taste and fans were left satisfied after asking for more.