We can read this statement on Seims Facebook page, «If everything is the same, then everything is boring. Cinematic math-rock from Sydney, Australia».
Today we go Down Under and present the Aussie band Seims and that band plays an amalgam of prof, mathrock and post rock. Seims offers a very fascinating and unique music different from most all other band.
Seims is reagrded as one of the most inventive math-rock acts around the globe; with their flavor of controlled chaos sweeping through every influence imaginable – from post-rock to hardcore to electronic to jazz.
They’ve played bills with every genre under the sun, supporting Tortoise (US), Jean Jean (FRA), Regurgitator, and We Lost the Sea to name a few. Their critically-acclaimed album topped the genre in 2017, making many AOTY lists; and saw the band tour Japan and win over Tokyo with their slot at Bahamasfest 2017.
A surprise last-minute addition to the Progfest 2018 Sydney lineup made an impression to last – seeing the band return to Progfest 2019, and another full tour of Japan. 2022 sees the quartet venture to the UK with their debut appearance at ArcTanGent 2022, and launch their new album Four. Frenetically energetic and furiously infectious, their live show will leave you breathless (for better or worse.)
On Four Seims bring to the entire world creative and very well-crafted arrangements and ten songs that only got better with repeating listening. That is always a sign for fantastic music, and the track Mountain`s Scream is a amazing soaring modern postrock anthem.
«Mountain`s Scream tells the story of something that should be, sadly, quite familiar to all of us: the world ending. Its apocalyptic visions coincide with the emotional weight of its lyrics, the weird, haunting Jupiter/ocean/space images around its middle, and the interesting and evocative vocal section which signals the ending of its first passage. All of this comes together into a vision of catharsis, of rebirth through destruction, and of the reconstructive aspect of music and art».
The band states, «This whole album is about perspective through conversation, and the birth of my daughter was another avenue that influenced me strongly. Babies can only cry to signal communication, and how crying can translate to tears of sadness or happiness. This song is all about the two sides of her”crying out of the void she can’t see. To illustrate this (pun intended) – the whole clip is a similar journey – having a child feels like it destroys the world that you knew, and at the same time, gives birth (pun not intended) to a whole side of life that you never knew you wanted».
1. The Mountain’s Lullaby
2. The Pursuit of Intermediate Happiness
3. Showdown Without A Victim
4. Shouting At A Brick Wall
5. Stranded. Isolated.
6. Elegance Over Confidence
7. Biting Tongues
8. Nuance Lost In Translation
10. The Mountain’s Scream
Simeon Bartholomew – Basses, Guitars, Synths, Piano, Vocals
Chris Allison (Plini) – Drums, Percussion
Kat Hunter – Vocals, Violin Solo (4)
Susie Bishop – Violin, Violin Solo (7)
Monique Mezzatesta – Violas
Peter Hollo – Cellos
Thomas Botting – Double Basses
Paul Murchison – Flugelhorns, Trombone, Trumpet
Paul Meo – Trumpet
Victor Valdes – Harp