The Sea (band)
The Sea were a UK rock band from Cornwall, England between 2007 and 2014. They released three studio albums, played over 1000 concerts in over 15 plus countries over several tours.
The band consisted of brothers Peter Chisholm (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Alex Chisholm (Drums, percussion and backing vocals). They were signed to Lusty Records in the UK, the Hamburg-based Popup Records in mainland Europe and Black Nutria in Italy and distributed by Rough Trade, Cargo and Pinnacle.
Love Love Love and Get It Back
In April 2007, the duo won the XFM unsigned bands competition to play at the Big Night Out concert supporting The Enemy at London's Brixton Academy to 5000. By October that year they had completed their first extensive tour of the UK and were invited to play the CMJ Music Marathon in New York.
The Sea's debut single Love Love Love was released on Lusty Records and sold out within two months of release in October 2007, receiving massive critical acclaim in the UK music press from NME, Kerrang!, The Fly Love Love Love achieved Number 8 in the Kerrang Charts and was Single of the Week in The Guardian Newspaper, beating even Paul McCartney to the top spot. The Guardian. Love Love Love also received large amounts of support on UK radio, with Ferne Cotton of BBC Radio One declaring her support for the band. In 2008 they released 2 more singles 'Don't You Want Me' and 'By Myself' the former reaching Number 10 in the Kerrang Charts whilst 'By Myself' showed a more softer side of their sound, it still achieved several 'single of the month' articles, including Nuts Magazine. They also recorded and released a collaboration with the London band The Krak (which featured ex-Babyshambles drummer Gemma Clarke) a cover of the Prodigy track 'Outta Space' and performed this several times with The Krak throughout the summer of 2008 in central London venues as well as twice together on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury Festival that year.
In April 2009 their debut album Get It Back was released in UK on Lusty Records and on Pop Up Records in Europe. To rave reviews throughout the UK and European music press in Kerrang, The Fly, Base Ad, NME, Rocksound and The Guardian as well as many of the European magazines. At the release of 'Get It Back' The Sea started to experience a surge of popularity in Germany particularly. The rest of the year was spent touring worldwide which included supporting Muse at their Teignmouth homecoming gigs to 12,000 people in September, slots at Glastonbury Festival and CMJ Festival in New York CityA in October. Touring continued into 2010 with their first headline tour in Europe including dates in Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, then culminating into a final performance at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, USA
The band also dipped their toes into the world of high fashion! Around this time the famed fashion designer Zandra Rhodes designed and created stage outfits for the band to be worn at their performance at the CMJ Music Festival in New York CityA. However, after wearing the outfits the band felt that the image wasn't right for them and the relationship was ended.
Rooftops, New York, Surfing Accident
Recording for their 2nd album initially began in New York CityA at the Cutting Room Studios in late 2009 but it wasn't until the summer of 2010 that they recorded proper the follow up to Get It Back in the Sawmills Studio in Cornwall with producers John Cornfield and Julian Diggle. 'Rooftops' moved away from the raw, two piece feel of 'Get It Back' and saw the band experiment with piano songs as well as larger, grander productions using horns and strings on some tracks. Halfway through the recording session they did a short tour of Germany taking in several festival performances and testing the 'Rooftops' material to audiences for the first time.
In August Alex suffered a terrible surfing accident in Cornwall, nearly drowning and breaking his neck, after being airlifted to hospital it was said by doctors he'd be lucky to walk again and very doubtful that he would ever play drums again.
Seemingly their career was over. Tours were cancelled and the band went on hiatus
However, Alex's recovery was a lot stronger than expected. After only a relatively short period of rehab (8 months), miraculously he was playing the drums again.
During this time Rooftops was officially released to wide critical acclaim especially in Germany. The 1st single 'New York' received massive radio support throughout all of Germany's major radio stations and was the band's first (and biggest) hit. New York later featured on the album 'Matuschkes Lieblinge Vol2' a compilation album released by Sony of the biggest hits in Germany of 2012 which reached number 5 in the German Album Charts, also during this period many of their songs featured on TV, adverts and films worldwide, Don't You Want Me was featured on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and Silly Love Song was featured on an advert on the 5* Channel The Sea were now at their biggest and most popular.
In a way of helping rehab their friend James Morrison (UK singer/songwriter) offered them a tour support on his UK tour and in Summer 2012 and The Sea were playing some of their biggest shows ever in the UK, it was considered by the band that they had neglected the UK since finding more success overseas and were very keen to regain a foothold with the British scene as was with Love Love Love and Get It Back. However the material was deemed a little too soft for their existing UK fans and the band started to hint in interview that Rooftops would be a one off experiment and they would return to the raw sound they initially became popular for, despite single New York still receiving a hugely positive reaction on German radio airplay, as well as being featured on British TV show Hollyoaks.
At the end of 2012 the band then suffered another huge set back when their tour van was in a horrific car crash in Belgium. With the vehicle completely destroyed,again Miraculously, both band members walked out alive. However this led to another big tour being cancelled and more set backs in time.
In January 2013 the band performed at the Eurosonic Festival in The Netherlands, road testing tracks from their next record, this performance was broadcast on the German music television show Rockplast. On their return The Sea began preproduction rehearsals with producer Julian Diggle in a rehearsal studio in Brighton, UK. In the spring they went into John Cornfield's home studio in Cornwall, UK and cut another album, it was a return to the more raw vibe of the first record. At the request of their label in Germany, PopUp, this was condensed into a 5 track EP that was released on limited edition 12" vinyl only. A tour of Europe, UK and festival shows in Canada and USA was undertook to support its release. However the band were seemingly unhappy at the limited edition status release and were vocal at the time of wanting a full album and single campaign. A tour of China was cancelled just days before it was due to start.
1808 and Get Up, Stand Up, Die.
In January 2014 the band released their first official single in over a year. Get Up, Stand Up, Die was their first UK single for 2 years and it was one of their most successful UK single ever. Probably helped by the explosive nature of the track, it only being 90 seconds long and it's hard hitting lyrics it was a hit with UK radio stations, plays from BBC Radio 6, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, XFM, and BBC Radio One as well as support from BBC Introducing's David White all helped to push the single into the public's consciousness. Get Up, Stand Up, Die was released on download worldwide and on limited edition, hand painted vinyl – which sold out. The band embarked on their biggest UK tour ever with over 50 dates as well as many festivals. They also played tour support to Canadian band Your Favourite Enemies on their debut UK tour in March. During this tour they released 1808, the original collection of songs recorded at the High On... sessions as they had originally intended to be. Only released in the territories not covered by their German label. The album release was supported by their 2nd single I Hear The Drums. The tour rolled on for another month, however, all was not well with The Sea, and citing exhaustion, poverty and lack of support from their record label, in July 2014 the band announced they had ceased to be. Their final gig was a sold out show at The Monarch in London on 20 July 2014.
- Studio albums
- Get It Back (2009)
- Rooftops (2011)
- 1808 (2014)
- Love Love Love (2007)
- Don't You Want Me (2008)
- By Myself (2008)
- New York (2011)
- Silly Love Song(2012) – Germany Only
- Shake Shake(2012) – UK Only
- Emily's Waltz(2012) – Germany Only
- Get Up, Stand Up, Die (2014)
- I Hear The Drums (2014)
- High On... (2013) – limited edition 12" Vinyl
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