Sea Girls, an indie rock band formed in London in 2015, played to a packed out O2 Academy 2 room on 11 October in Leicester, as part of their predominantly sold-out UK tour. After seeing them for the first time at Barn on the Farm festival’s main stage this summer, it was great to see them again in a more intimate venue. They delivered another high energy show full of effortless vocals, a refined indie sound and a varied setlist full of their catchy anthems, old and new.
With the night’s entertainment kicking off with support from the band The Mysterines, the atmosphere was buzzing as the crowd were sufficiently warmed up and ready for the main act. Sea Girls kicked off the show with their newest single ‘Violet’. The crowd were singing back every word and feeding off the bands unrelenting energy, giving the venue a buzzing, electric atmosphere. Although the show was sold out and so packed out to capacity, there was a great sense of belonging and being part of a safe but fun place amidst the crowd of fans.
A personal favourite of mine the band played was ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ because of its catchy and energetic chorus. The instrumentals and vocals throughout the entire show sounded effortlessly like the studio version. This is, of course, is a good sign when you get round to seeing a band you love to listen to live.
They delivered another high energy show full of effortless vocals
The crowd were left cheering for more. This lead to an encore that included three songs rather than the two that the band had been playing on previous dates. This encore included the bands original ‘Adored’ as well as a cover of The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’, that got the crowd in motion one final time.
I was really impressed by the intimate artist-fan experience that ran throughout the show. As well as consistent crowd interaction from the band. The lead singer Henry Camamile immersed himself in the crowd several times: walking through the crowd and sitting at the bar to sing ‘Damage Done’, as well as jumping into the crowd and singing along with everyone during the encore. The band also hung out at the merch stand after the gig, talking to fans and signing merch. This is something that not enough artists seem to do at gigs today but which is met with great enthusiasm by gig-goers.
Although relatively new to the indie music scene, Sea Girls are making big moves in the industry. As well as this UK tour, they are soon to be embarking on headline tours in the US this December, in addition to Europe in 2020. They were also recently nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2019, alongside other great emerging acts such as Mahalia and Dermot Kennedy. Having not even released an album yet having such great achievements to their name already, the future for Sea Girls seems bright. I would definitely catch another gig of theirs. Check them out if you haven’t already – for fans of artists such as The Night Café, Vistas and Ten Tonnes.