Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Lucero, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, American Aquarium


band members

Nathan Seeckts - Vocals, Guitars


Influences

Bruce Springsteen, Lucero, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, American Aquarium


Website

www.nathanseeckts.com

Bio

Nathan Seeckts is a powerful singer songwriter who effortlessly fuses the sounds of Americana, folk, country and blues delivered with a commanding voice that is equal parts gravel and passion. His songs feature intricate, heartfelt storytelling that echo loudly and honestly from personal experience. Taking inspiration from the songbooks of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Lucero and Steve Earle, his songs could find him comfortably at home in any bar from Melbourne to Memphis.

Honing his sound through bars and stages across Australia and North America, and with appearances at Queenscliff Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Melbourne’s Poison City Weekender under his belt, Seeckts has also supported many fine Australian artists including The Teskey Brothers, Archie Roach, You Am I, Tex Perkins, Cash Savage and Raised By Eagles, and international luminaries including Joe Pug, Big Country, Courtney Marie Andrews and Deer Tick.

The Heart Of The City, recorded by Roger Bergodaz (James Ellis & The Jealous Guys, Raised By Eagles, Freya Josephine Hollick) at Union Street Studios, was successfully crowd funded by Seeckts using a Pozible campaign in just 3 days. Seeckts smashed past his first target to almost double his initial goal by the end of the 30 days, allowing him to press the album on vinyl. The production of his debut album was able to blossom and bloom thanks to the strong support of his grassroots supporters.

Trying to capture the energy and passion of his live shows, a majority of the album was recorded live in only 2 days, with a backing band consisting of Sean McDonnell on electric guitar/slide, Matt Dietrich on bass and Mark McLeod on drums and percussion. The versions of the songs Houselights and Moonlight Creek which can be heard on The Heart Of The City are the first takes of each song. The remaining overdubs, including additional instrumentation and vocals were later added to the album by Seeckts and also from the following guest musicians. Golden Guitar nominee Gretta Ziller (backing vocals on Thunder and Rain, Sirens and I’m Your Queen), Nathan Barrett (backing vocals on Thunder and Rain and Old Blood), Kat Chish from The Ramshackle Army (violin on Moonlight Creek and I’m Your Queen) and Rory Millar from The Mojo Corner (harmonica on Whiskey Drunk and All Night, Hold Tight).

The Heart Of The City features all the qualities that make Nathan Seeckts a standout artist in the Australian Americana scene; his ability to craft engaging stories of love and loss, his combination of alt-country and folk, and his commanding and indelible voice - equal parts gravel and passion.

Old Blood, the first single from Seeckts’ long awaited debut album The Heart Of The City (out March 29, independent) is the lament of a small town musician who let glimmers of fame go to his head, only to find himself years later without his youth or the friends he thought he’d made along the way. Old Blood features a soaring and anthemic chorus, layered over rich, warm guitars and a rock steady drum beat. It’s the kind of song that will live on inside your head for days after hearing it.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

12 Jun 2019

Triple J
30

I can totally hear the Springsteen influence coming through but, Seeckts' adds an Australia perspective to a hard, long day.

I can totally hear the Springsteen influence coming through but, Seeckts' adds an Australia perspective to a hard, long day.

Review

Review by Kyle Taylor Kyle Taylor

17 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
35

A real treat to hear Australian storytelling like this. It has a soaring chorus that on repeat is quite catchy. I can quite clearly hear the springsteen influence in this production. A nice lead guitar part near the end of the track gives some extra added flavor. Three Soldiers is worth a few listens or more. Top stuff Nathan Seeckts.

A real treat to hear Australian storytelling like this. It has a soaring chorus that on repeat is quite catchy. I can quite clearly hear the springsteen influence in this production. A nice lead guitar part near the end of the track gives some extra added flavor. Three Soldiers is worth a few listens or more. Top stuff Nathan Seeckts.

Review

50

Sooo listenable! Nailed the lyrics, delivery and production on this one. I've been lucky enough to hear this live and Nath absolutely kills it.

Sooo listenable! Nailed the lyrics, delivery and production on this one. I've been lucky enough to hear this live and Nath absolutely kills it.