SPRING.FALL.SEA are a band that you need to hear. Expressing a sound that incorporates post-hardcore, heavy pop and electronica, the hugely energetic rock trio will release their blistering new EP, Time + Tide, out Friday 6th September. The Londoners have also just released a stunning new single, Strangers – https://youtu.be/JfwnjDWqZeg . We asked the guys to introduce themselves:
What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?
Alex Ekong – vocals / Dylan Percy – drums, programming / Marvin Menz – guitar, vocals
How and when did the band form? Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.
Dylan and Marvin met in Bangkok, Thailand. Dylan was studying sound engineering at SAE Bangkok and just happened to come to a bar where Marvin was working as a bartender.
They played music together for the first time when they were asked by a mutual friend to play a cover set for her birthday. While rehearsing, they were bouncing around original ideas and recorded a first demo for one of Dylan’s SAE projects. After that the band formed and a first EP was written.
Alex joined the band a couple years later when Dylan and Marvin moved to London, UK. He had just moved back from university in Birmingham to London and was looking to join a band. He sent Marvin a recording of himself playing a Radiohead song, came to our first London show and joined the band after.
We all grew up in different countries but home is where your band is at this point and we call London our home now. We’re three unique people with three unique individual stories, experiences and personalities and our band is stronger for it.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
This band has (had) two phases of that. The first time we felt we were doing something serious was when we recorded our first EP in one night at Dylan’s old house and sat down after thinking “Wow, we’re on to something here”. And after we played our second show ever we got approached by the Thai post-rock label ‘Newlights Production’, who took us in. After that we were like “we’re a band now” and started playing loads of shows and tours.
The second time is right now. We’re just setting foot in London and the UK, recorded our first record with Alex, played our first shows around the country and we’re super excited to see where things are gonna go!
Who are your musical influences?
Shojoskip (Japanese shoegaze), Enter Shikari, Tycho, Bright Eyes, Angels & Airwaves, The Naked and Famous, Explosions in the Sky, The 1975, Refused and everything that’s considered punk, metal & heavy.
Where did the name of the band come from?
Spring.Fall.Sea refers to the journey of a river. When we started out we wanted to make music that flows and builds, from something small to something massive. A river starts at the spring and ends in the sea. And there are falls, meanders and changes in course along the way. It’s a pertinent metaphor for life, too.
Where have you played or toured? Please name all countries / regions and recognised bands that you have played with.
There is too many cities to mention, we’ve played 200 shows since we started the band.
We’ve toured in the United States of America, the UK, Germany, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and I might even forget one or two countries here or there…
We have played some festivals that had bigger Thai names on them as well as Japanese math-rock legends LITE and German hardcore heavyweights ‘Wolf Down’.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
There are three things that make us stick out in my opinion.
Firstly, our story is incredibly unique. We are three people from three different countries, formed the band on the other side of the world in Bangkok, toured more places and countries than most bands will ever go to, even on a professional level… we are not your average local band.
Secondly, we’re trying to create something unique, like really unique. To a point where it’s hard to put us in a genre. I know a lot of bands say that but then their interpretation of unique is unique within their genre.
Last but not least, we are dedicated to the max. We have been 100% DIY so far. We’ve been giving up comfort and privacy from the start to make ends meet and make the music happen. We’ve been sleeping on floors with cockroaches in Indonesia, asking strangers at shows in the US if we can sleep in their garage because we had nowhere to go, sharing the same room for over a year, flying around the world and taking 15 hour buses to play to 20 people and we’d do it again. We love creating & playing music and everything else comes second.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
High energy rock, heavy but friendly.
Do you have a tour on the horizon?
Yes! We are playing shows all over the UK for the rest of the year, with a formal week long Bedlam Bookings tour in August.
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