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Album Review: Sea Mouse

01 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

Sea Mouse is the solo project of Wellington Singer/Songwriter, Seamus Johnson. A musician who is no stranger to Wellingtonís live music scene with an impressive ten-year track record performing as an artist and with other bands.

Live, Sea Mouse is a three-piece, giving life and fullness to a unique and solid sound.

This self-titled debut sums up exactly what Sea Mouse is all about. Rock n Roll swagger, infused with Delta southern blues, chunky guitar riffs, slow jams and softness all rolled into this melting pot of just honest, good rock music. Seamusís vocals sound exactly how you imagine; strong, emotive, funky and soft as the tracks go on.Churches in The Trenches is a real foot stomper, and unashamedly, a personal stand out. Think of any great song that instantly gets your head nodding, and makes you want to dance/mosh/boogie, just get down, cos it feels right, thatís how good music can make you feel.

I was surprised by how much softness there was from the rest of the tracks that followed Churches in the Trenches. A lot of acoustic fill, slow jams, really showing off the more emotive side. Killer is another stand out track, perfectly named I thought, for its killer bluesy intro. Itís heavy and dark, and has this sudden shift of tempo into some great riffs, gravelly vocals and still manages to have a delicate touch. I really loved how from each song to the next, you couldnít tell what was coming.

Sea Mouse is a man and band you need to know about, see live, and buy his (and their) music. Uniquely refreshing, Rock n Roll just doesnít get any better than this.


Review written by Kerry Monaghan

About Sea Mouse

Sea Mouse is the latest project of renowned Wellington singer/ songwriter Seamus Johnson, who is no stranger to the Wellington live circuit, having supported international bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Helmet, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack Broadbent and performing in bands Elston Gun, Paperscissors and solo for the last 10 years.

Johnson's self-titled debut, recorded over the later half of 2016 with master producer Toby Lloyd at Park Road Post Production, encompasses his Delta blues origins, alongside his electrified, hard hitting energetic live performances. †

Channeling the thunder and swagger of Jack White & Led Zeppelin and the lyrical subjects akin to Douglas Adams and Alexei Sayle, Sea Mouse is the reincarnation of the primitive, visceral electric blues that youíve been missing out on.

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Sea Mouse
Year: 2017
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