The Calm Before The Storm

The Calm Before The Storm

It’s the day before the UK tour starts, this is our first tour of the year and also our longest ever! In fact in this one tour we’ll play more shows than the last 2 years combined! I think it’s safe to say that this will be our busiest year so far.

As I’m writing this a weird feeling is surrounding The Sea’s team, it’s like that feeling just before you go on holiday: have you pack your passport? Have you packed the right clothes? Did you buy tropical wax or warm water wax (surfers??), do you have the correct currency? When is the flight? and on and on and on…Well it’s the same as that except you’ve got the added parts like: will the merch be ready?, do we know all the songs? and will the van actually cope with another long stint around the country?…of course we know the answers to these questions, the merch is never ready in time, we DO know the songs and by hook or crook the van will struggle on!

I think what’s more interesting is how people handle the build up to such a long tour, I personally write long lists and tick them off as I go, I cannot handle chaos, our managers (it seems) spend most of their time telling me not to panic and go rehearse some more and Alex? Well right now he’s asleep so read into that what you will!

Truth be told we’ve been building up to this tour and this year for quite a while and we couldn’t be more excited. As I’m sure every fan of The Sea knows we’re extremely hands on when it comes to the running of the bands business, we own our own label and where possible we’re at every single management meeting (I hate the idea of people discussing my fate behind my back!) The build up to this year is no better example of this, Alex and I both had day jobs until last year, but both took the huge leap of faith and quit in order to try and see The Sea break into another level of success, so our day job is The Sea now, we were there every step of the way with the booking of these shows and we’ll be there when the old man sweeps up the plastic beer glasses at the end of the night because that is how we do it…

And now finally after the best part of a year (a year of photo shoots, album designs, recording, video shoots, website designs etc etc) FINALLY we get to go out there and show everyone what we do, we’re extremely excited to be doing the live thing again, the new show is a lot more streamlined, we’ve taken out the keyboard tracks, there is no laptop on stage, it’s just 1 drum kit, 1 guitar, 2 vocal mics and 2 guys; we both felt that was made The Sea great in the first place and that is exactly what we should be doing now! I hope you guys agree…

Another weird thing with a tour like this is expectation; This January we couldn’t have asked for much of a better start, play list for XFM, played on BBC6 a heap and of course the huge career milestone that was getting our first play on BBC Radio One, we had no idea it would kick off like that (with our single ‘Get Up, Stand Up, Die’) – we hoped that we’d sell a few vinyls and that would be that…HOWEVER what a lot of budding musos out there probably think is “oh they’ve got it made now, Radio One equals bulk record sales and sold out gigs!” What it actually means is NOW the hard work starts, now we knuckle down and put some serious effort in, every single night, make friends with everyone you meet and push, push, push…only to spend the night just the two of us sleeping in the van…that is the reality…
However this time the prep has been different, we both have been keeping fit, losing weight, not drinking, not partying at all – because it such a huge tour we wanted to get it right this time…

And this time we’re gonna smash it like never before…we are both very excited. And get this; the irony is that when these 52 dates are finished we’ll start the next tour!

I will endeavour to keep posting more and more blogs from the road, as well as all the twitter, intsagram, facebook and try to give you our persective…it’s a crazy life but it’s pretty cool…

Pete