There’s nothing better than coming across band you’d previously never heard of and realising theirs is a sound you’ve been waiting for and didn’t know it.
This was the feeling upon first laying ears on The Baby Seal Club who played LoFly Hangar last Saturday night, February 27.
The quartet includes Euan the Bruce (who hails from Scotland) and Nick Schwarer on bass and guitar, Andy Churchill on drums and their newest member, Lyndal Murphy on keys, synths and alto sax.
All four members sing, adding a real Partridge Family-effect and making their sound more fun than an impromptu beach party with fire breathing dancers and mermaids to boot.
Their music is indefinable and truly in a class of its own as they hail to no one style, class or genre instead mixing and fusing a sound all their own. And while definite glimpses of musical influences can be heard, it is utterly thrilling to discover there are still musicians pushing the envelope and creating music that is different, exciting and fascinating to hear.
A few of their songs have a real beachy 60s surf sound, including “Red Green Blue” and “Work”, and with Schwarer playing his bass high he looks and sounds reminiscent of that other quartet, The Beatles.
But again, on other songs like “The Money and the Honeys” and “Broken Limbs and Such Things” it’s a different sound but still has the same style that makes this band so great.
The Baby Seal Club launch their first EP March 12 at the Brisbane Arts Theatre.