Sealow – The ‘Balancing In Both Worlds’ EP.
Tilburg natives Sealow balance their world in between grief and isolation. By the end of the EP on ‘Passing Places’ we’ve run away and in emptiness fallen back home to find comfort. Sealow explore the discomfort of trying to balance all the worlds in our life, and for the majority of Balancing in Both Worlds, it’s taken hand in hand one power chord at a time.
‘Push Me’ sounds like one of those tracks in the first set you’d play on Guitar Hero. If this was ten years ago it’d be “Emo” and your purple skinny jean clad avatar would be batting out the power chords with a tear in his eyes as he tries to escape the overwhelming emotional complex of being a conscious video game character.
‘Push Me’ will either push you away or pull you closer. Sealow don’t do anything exceptional, there’s nothing on the EP apart from closer ‘Passing Places’ which is a soppy hug of consolation to any Punk who’s feeling those post-grad post-everything and anything blues, that really brings colour and voice to a weary ear.
Yet if you’re into what Sealow are giving, then take what they’ve got and hold it tight.
Sealow are putting out music that hits notes next to lighter Deftones and less dreamy head in the sky sounds like Cloakroom, Pity Sex, and Turnover – just listen to the softly distant echoed final lines of ‘Monochrome’:
The sweetest words are just not enough
To tell you how much I love you.
‘Comfort’ is drawling and sounds more like a track off a WWE wrestling game than anything (shout out to Stefan, this EP must be right up your alley), and that does that make it any better or any worse? It makes it worse when you hear the wall of sound coming out of next track ‘At Peace’, I’d rather my misery to sound miserable, not painful.
Sealow are balancing between two points. They’re sounding like contrasting members within the same band, there’s unity but it’s forced and jotted up with the lyrics. Musically though, it’s not always sounding fresh. I felt like a couple of tracks had been out in the world for year, I couldn’t quite tell myself who had released them, they were more ambiguous Rock tracks of the past decade.
Sealow are balancing being Sealow and that’s a positive. Here’s to a progressive future of unfortunate events.
Find the band below:
- For updates, head to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their Official Website.
- For the bands music, head to Spotify, Deezer and bandcamp.