Track Of The Day – The Seamonsters – How To be Famous


Sheffield indie-poppers The Seamonsters return with a spikey new single ‘How To Famous?’

And a bit of insider info I was asked to do the cover photoshoot , the remit being that the band wanted a slightly OTT aspirational celebrity early millennial vibe, maybe with a throne (Posh n’ Becks style) in the mix somewhere . Essentially to echo the time that seemed to herald the dawn of people becoming famous for nothing in particular. Social media, of course, has heightened this trend nowadays and ‘How to be Famous’  takes aim at the modern obsession with social media and the damage it causes, the trends, the FOMO, and the dissatisfaction it can breed. Maybe we should all try being anonymous for 15 minutes.

The Seamonsters

It’s a great track which as the band have said takes inspiration not only from fame-seeking, rapacious, yet ultimately empty hobgoblins on social media but also from Plastic Letters era Blondie.

And ‘How To Be Famous’ does hark back to classic new wave pop whilst delivering a modern message, with panache, and it has to be said, some fucking excellent drumming. It’s up there with ‘Lost and Found’ as being one of their best tracks to date but has a more hard-hitting sound which sees the band expanding into new territories both sonically and lyrically.

With songs like ‘Are You With The Band (No We Are The Band) ‘ and a new as yet untitled song which samples Theresa May’s ‘resignation speech’ the band are certainly not going to be boxed in by peoples (dreary) preconceptions and are willing to add their voice to berate the somewhat f**ked up world we inhabit today.

The Seamonsters - Andy Von Pip

The Seamonsters are

Naomi Mann (lead vocals)
Lauren Smith (bass/backing vocals)
Holly Thompson (lead guitar)
Tassie Drobinski (rhythm guitar)
Ciara Hurding (drums)

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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