Under Duress explains the band; is about unrequited love, says frontman and guitarist Iwan Gronow. Lyrically the song is about the constraints of emotions, how your mind can be coerced and work against its own will. It feels like an epic musical journey, walking through different landscapes from sunrise to sunset, adds the bands multi-instrumentalist Tom Chapman.
Sea Fever is a five piece collective fronted by Iwan Gronow (Haven, Johnny Marr) on vocals and guitars, alongside singer Beth Cassidy (Section 25), the collective also features New Orders Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham – with Tom on bass, guitars, synths and programming and Phil on guitars, while powering the bands pulsing beats is Elliot Barlow.
Sea Fever explains that their coming together as a unit felt inevitable: Wed wanted to work with each other for ages, so when we finally sat down in the studio, the band just seemed to come together naturally. It felt like we were really free to explore the kinds of music that have always inspired us, we dug right through the record crates of our minds to shape the sound of Sea Fever.
The result is a debut ten-track album that represents the sound of a band instinctively working together; effortlessly exciting and equally timeless.
Fusing intelligent electronics and clanging guitars, underpinned by soaring and hypnotic strings, the band has already picked up early support from the likes of Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music, Louder Than War, XS Noise, Gigslutz and Music News, among others.