A breath-taking new band fronted by Iwan Gronow (Haven, Johnny Marr) on vocals and guitars alongside singer Bethany Cassidy (Section 25), SEA FEVER fuses intelligent electronics with classic melodies and chiming guitars, underpinned by soaring, hypnotic strings.
Formed in 2019, the band also features New Order’s Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham -with Tom on bass, guitars, synths and programming, and Phil on guitars. Powering the band’s pulsing beats is Elliot Barlow, who is joined on the band’s debut by New Order drummer, Stephen Morris.
As Iwan explains, coming together as a unit felt inevitable: “We’d wanted to work with each other for ages, so when we finally sat down in the studio, the band just seemed to come together naturally.”
“It felt like we were really free to explore the kinds of music that have always inspired us,” says Tom, “we dug right through the record crates of our minds to shape the sound of SEA FEVER.”
And what a sound it is. Upbeat pop makes waves alongside wistful descending minor chords and surf guitars. Teutonic rhythms kling and klang their way against echoing layers of melancholy and hope. It’s a combination unlike anything you’ve heard before.
The result is a debut ten-track album that represents the sound of a band instinctively working together; effortlessly exciting and equally timeless. Including recent singles ‘De Facto’. ‘Crossed Wires’ and ‘Folding Lines’, the full-length also features ‘Under Duress’ and ‘Built To Last’.
After the wind and the flying white clouds, peace.
Grey dawn breaks and a tall ship leaves the shore; and like a sweet dream from a quiet sleep, SEA FEVER sets sail…
Standing Only – There is no provision for seating in this venue for this event. If you are unable to comfortably stand for the duration of the show we may be able to assist with access seats. We cannot guarantee that access seats in this venue will provide a clear and uncompromised view of the stage.
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Chris Hawkins DJ set (foyer)
8.30pm – Wax Tree Cast (Red Brick)
9.10pm: Interval (20 mins)
9.30pm: Sea Fever (Red Brick)
There will be an exclusive Q&A and signing with Chris Hawkins (BBC Radio 6 Music), Tom Chapman & Phil Cunningham (New Order/Sea Fever) at Loafers in The Piece Hall 5.30pm –6.30pm!
Wax-Tree-Cast: Sound has been engineered by Dom Richmond and JossWorthington who engineered "Lanterns on TheLakes" 2020album that was shortlisted for Mercury Prize.
Wax-Tree-Cast: A 3-pieceIndie-pop band from Halifax, West Yorkshire formed in mid-2020.The group consists of lead vocalist and bassist Oolagh Hodgson, James Newsome on drums and songwriter Blair Murray on lead guitar. Blair is a former member of Manchester band Twisted Wheel and has also worked with Nile Marr and Johnny Marr on Nile's solo work.
The band's music has recently been played by Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music and John Kennedy show Radio X.
Gordon Raphael producer of the The Strokes has said “Super cool band” “I dig the song RUN!”