Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


band members

Darcy Froggy Tom Chris


Website

seasideband.com

Bio

Emerging from the sparkling waters of beautiful Byron Bay, Seaside are four friends making music with a goth-pop sound. The bands high-energy live shows have captivated audiences all over the country, and seen them share the stage with the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, The Jungle Giants, Lime Cordiale, Ocean Alley and Last Dinosaurs.

Seaside was formed in 2017 by couple Darcy Dexter (vocals) and Chris Mellross (drums), with then housemate Tom Ketelaars (bass). They were later joined on guitar by Josh O’Neill Hammer (aka. Froggy), formerly of fellow Northern Rivers band Waxhead.

In June 2018, the band released their single ‘Golden Girl’, a pristine piece of “disco-pop meshed with dream-rock that leaves you bewildered and entranced” (The Revue), garnering rave reviews from such publications as Happy Mag and LittleIndieBlogs, as well as gaining regular rotation on national radio station Triple J and Triple J Unearthed. Mixed by Matt Redlich and mastered by Rob Grant, ‘Golden Girl’ was undoubtedly a step-up for the Byron Bay four- piece, showcasing the maturation of their sound after two years as a band.

After the success of ‘Golden Girl’, Seaside were picked as local winners of the Triple J Unearthed competition to play Byron Bay festival Splendour in the Grass in July 2018. They have since become a mainstay on the festival circuit, gracing the stages of Party in The Paddock, Summer Salt, Grampians Music Festival, Shakafest and more.

Following a jam-packed 2019 that saw the band embark upon several national tours and play a handful of festivals, Seaside released the E.P 'In Another Life', a collection of singles released during the year, all of which were featured on several top-tier Spotify playlists and also received airplay on national radio station Triple J.

Amidst a 2020 that saw many months of quarantine and cancelled tours due to COVID-19, Seaside came out with new singles 'Shame' and 'Dopamine', both of which showcased a darker, post punk sound for the four-piece.
The latter half of the year saw Seaside perform a sold-out tour in support of Aussie heavyweights Ocean Alley, a tour that included some of the first big shows in the country post-COVID lockdowns.

The latest release for Seaside is 'State of Grace'. Drawing on the religious concept of graciousness for inspiration, lead vocalist Darcy Dexter wrote the songs lyrics about "growing up, making mistakes and learning; and the different phases of finding contentment in life and in myself. This is my own personal state of grace, not the religious interpretation but rather a more modern take; it's the way I carry myself through life", says Dexter.

The new single continues to utilise the bands nuanced goth-pop sound, with menacing guitar riffs and repeating hypnotic drums intensified by Darcy Dexter's brooding vocals and interweaving synth lines contributed by Ocean Alley's Lachlan Galbraith. It was engineered and mixed by frequent Seaside collaborators Paul Pilsneniks at Rocking Horse Studios and George Georgiadis at Little Wing Sound.

Unearthed in 2018

Splendour In The Grass

10 Jun 2018

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Review

State Of Grace

SEASIDE

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

21 May 2021

Triple J
35

The triumphual return of Seaside sees them moving deeper into swirling waters, choppy and full of uncertainty. There's a threatening undertow here.

The triumphual return of Seaside sees them moving deeper into swirling waters, choppy and full of uncertainty. There's a threatening undertow here.

Review

State Of Grace

SEASIDE

Review by Pip Rasmussen Pip Rasmussen

19 May 2021

Triple J
40

I was hooked as soon as you open the song with just those hypnotic vocals. I feel like this song would fit right into the Twilight soundtrack.

I was hooked as soon as you open the song with just those hypnotic vocals. I feel like this song would fit right into the Twilight soundtrack.

Review

State Of Grace

SEASIDE

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

14 May 2021

Triple J
40

warbled and woozy, dreamy and adventurous. totally consumed by another sick seaside release!

warbled and woozy, dreamy and adventurous. totally consumed by another sick seaside release!