All of us in the music industry are on that quest to find and be part of the journey of great new artists and their amazing music. Part of that journey is watching the ebb and flow of the prominence of genres. Pop punk has made a re-appearance, computer Tik Tok pop is set to explode, Indiecore is dialing down fast paced punk to an emotive almost folk sensibility.
But of course the most important genre of all 'great songwriting'. 'Seabreeze Motel', the debut track from the impossibly brand new Sydney band 'DIVER', has this in spades. A driving piano melody, huge booming drums, lyrics screaming 'Love and Gasoline', this is a song written to have you rocking out and singing the lyrics over and again.
Check it out on Spotify ..
Music Video here.. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAZHzqLuEN4
Seabreeze Motel will resonate with fans of early 2000s bands like The Killers, Eskimo Joe, Taxi Ride. Really? Yes well, do the maths, there are kids hitting their late teens and early 20s who grew up with this music. IRIS is burned into their little central cortexes. Every super young too cool indie band in Melbourne knows all the words, and cords, of 'How to Save a Life'. Polaris just covered 'Black Fingernails Red Wine' on triple j LAV this morning. There is a modern twist here, something not quite obvious that takes the naff out and reflects bands like Gang of Youths and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
We hit the band up with some questions....
Q - as always with a brand new band, we want to know how and when you all got together? Who are each of you and what's your part in the band?
Ok lets start with myself. My names Ruston Taylor and I’m the lead signer and guitarist in Diver. The band sort of formed when myself and Michael Forno, the keyboardist in our band, started jamming together a couple of years back. It was nothing serious, just mucking around with riffs and ideas in the garage or a bedroom.
We knew we had some decent tunes so about a year or so ago we decided we needed to fill out the sound with a full band. After jumping on gumtree we found a drummer who seemed to fit the bill. That’s where Lennox Head’s very own Miller Brand comes into the scene. . Actually his profile picture on Gumtree was Dave Grohl so we got catfished a bit haha Miller was down living in Sydney at the time so we began jamming a couple of nights a week and quickly developed a pretty strong connection. Not only musical but we all got along really well which is important in the early stages. We quickly began talking to a couple of producers with the idea of getting a single out as quickly as possible, and began recording in late January.
Then Covid hit and kind of tore us apart for a bit with Miller getting stuck back north and the production not quite finished on the recordings. In between jamming on and off Miller got in touch with a bassist to round out our sound. Jordan Mitchley - who by the way is an absolute bass prodigy - slotted in seamlessly and the rest pretty much kicked on from there.
Q - We know your drummer Miller Brand well as the original drummer of Lennox Head band Garage Sale! For the rest of you is this each of your first band, what have you all done before?
We all come from pretty different music backgrounds, obviously Miller’s done a couple of things most recently in Garage Sale. Jordan who’s a freshie out of high school and likes his music a bit harder was in a band from Port Macquarie called Roxferry. As for myself I had a little stint in band with a group of mates called Reflexions. Don’t think that was ever going to lead to anything but we played some good shows and had a laugh. Mainly I’ve been doing solo stuff since then. But you know, you need those early experiences to learn and take the good and bad away from them, and I think for all of us we’re ready to take this band to the next level.
Q - I think there is a Seabreeze Motel in every coastal town in Aus! But we hear some North American influenced lyrics here. Where is the Seabreeze Hotel you sing of in the track and what's the story behind Mexico and all that Love and Gasoline?
Dead right, I think the east coast is littered with them. I don’t think this track refers to any specific motel as much as it refers to a general theme and atmosphere that surrounds that name. I think everyone gets the same picture when they hear Seabreeze Motel. Kind of gross, run down and a bit sad - no disrespect to anyone running a Seabreeze hotel haha The song actually began with a piano riff from Michael, which is a bit strange for us cause normally I bring something to the table and then we build from that. But there’s just something about that piano riff that was kind of sleazy, yet a bit shimmery and glossy. As soon as he played it the melody and lyrics and song structure just sort of fell into place. Yeah… I don’t know about the American thing. I’ve spent a few months all up travelling the States and there’s something kinda edgy about the desert. I don’t know if its the vastness of it or a few of the odd folk in some of those backdoor towns of Nevada and Arizona and those places. But I just had this story in my mind of some ol desert wanderer back in the day. Cruising around, motel to motel, bit of a womaniser. And the setting was some rundown out of place motel. Yeah, not really too much more to it than that. Just a made up story of rambling for the most part. When Miller threw that jungly drumming into it, it just went to the next level and made it sound massive.
Q - so your first track is now out there to the world, what's next for Diver?
In the short term we’re looking to start playing some shows ASAP. Hopefully a few in both Sydney and up Byron way before the years out. That’d be nice. Next year we’ll look to jump back in the studio and get some more music out, an east coast tour could also be on the cards. In terms of live shows cover has really changed the game, but it looks like normality is slowly returning, so thats a good thing for us.
We’ve also got a little surprise coming next week so stay tuned for that, but for now just dig it and jump on board. Cheers.
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