SEA GIRLS // Scala, London // 18.10.18
With just a year together since their first EP Call Me Out, Sea Girls are quickly establishing themselves as a one to watch, with an original indie rock sound that is already filling out renowned venues, armed only with a handful of EPs. With features on the BBC and charting in The NME 100 2018, alongside acts like Rex Orange County, they had been propelled into the attention of festival bookers and made for an eventful summer.
As summer has drawn to a Baltic close, the four pieces have not let the drop in temperature chill their enthusiasm. With a November tour up and down the country, I caught them at the crowning glory of this tour – a sell out show at London’s infamous Scala – an eclectic space, once home to a primatarium, adorned with soft colourful lighting to create a prime gig atmosphere.
The night kicked off with a three-piece indie rock group hailing from Newcastle, The Pale White, aptly amping up the crowd with their hooky choruses married with melodic guitar riffs and powerful energy.
Sea Girls wasted no time in kicking straight into their set, opening with ‘Eat Me Whole’ – boasting an unmistakable opening riff which drove the crowd into a frenzy. The floor shook underneath the zealous crowd, which would have been rather unnerving if the band hadn’t been quite so captivating and rather it just added to the experience.
Despite their relative infancy, Sea Girls ooze chemistry, with the presence of a band with a lot more history and experience behind them. The night also saw them debut some new tracks they have been working on, ‘Forever’ and ‘Where You Are’ – hinting at the exciting trajectory they are taking.
The audience dutifully sung their modest discography back to the stage, duetting with lead singer Henry Camamile. His vocals are indistinguishable from their studio tracks, with a unique tone that carries a lot character and depth which is charming to hear live.
The whole band host an array of personalities, barrelling around the stage and in and out of the crowd. With beaming grins and infectious enthusiasm from all corners of the stage, they were clearly enjoying the performance as much as the crowd – at point emphasising how Scala feels like a rite of passage, after seeing their favourite acts also grace the stage.
The show thundered to a close with ‘Lost’, a relatable post-teen anthem that resonated with the avid listeners in Scala’s pit. The cathartic closer was complete with a confetti cannon and palpable enjoyment, with the crowd and band both aware they had been part of something special that night.
Managing to catch Sea Girls at more humbly sized venues does feel like a secret that you don’t want to share but this band deserves all the recognition they are on the path receive, following the first Community Festival announcement with their name proudly emblazoned upon the line-up, make sure you catch them whilst playing intimate venues, I can’t imagine it will be for too much longer.