PropertyOfZack is thrilled to be debuting our new interview with Seahaven. Seahaven recently signed to with our good friends over at Run For Cover Records and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them. In the interview, Michael and I discuss the band’s recent releases, signing to Run For Cover, future releases, and more. Read up and enjoy!
For the record, could you state your name and role in Seahaven?
My name is Michael and I play guitar in Seahaven.
The band released the Ghost EP in May of 2010. How would you say the general reception to the release has grown from then to now?
The feedback to Ghost has always been pretty positive. It’s encouraging to see people who were really into it last summer still listening to it and supporting it.
Would you say that the EP still has a good amount of life in it considering that it is just catching on?
Definitely. There’s been a solid increase of listeners lately and people who are just getting into it, so to them, these songs are brand new. We try to keep that in mind with every show we play.
When were those seven tracks written, and what were some of the bigger influences in terms of the writing process?
Those songs were written from October of 2009 to about January 2010. They were recorded in March of 2010.
Did you guys enjoy your time in the studio?
We recorded at Castle Ultimate studios up near San Francisco. For Kyle, Eric and I, it was our first time in up north, so it was really cool to experience recording an EP and seeing a new place at the same time.
Seahaven released Acoustic Sessions, which featured three redone songs that originally appeared on Ghostas well as a new acoustic demo. When were those songs rerecorded? How has the reaction to them been?
We recorded those songs this past November. The feedback on the Acoustic Sessions has been really good. People have said that the songs transfer over very well in acoustic form. They will be included as the B-Side on the Ghost vinyl for anyone who didn’t get a chance to check them out yet.
Run For Cover Records announced that Seahaven had joined the family just a few weeks ago. When did talks between Jeff and the band begin? How is the relationship so far?
Jeff got in contact with us in November after we recorded Acoustic Sessions and told us he wanted to work with us for our upcoming stuff. Jeff’s been extremely awesome to work with so far. He’s a good friend of all of ours and he’s a phone call away if we need anything or have any questions.
How exciting is it to be a part of Run For Cover after the 2010 they had with releases from Transit, Man Overboard, and Tigers Jaw, among others?
Run For Cover put out some of our absolute favorite releases last year and to now be a part of their roster is very awesome. It’s very exciting to be following in the footsteps of bands that have put out amazing albums and made huge strives in the past year.
Jeff mentioned that the band is currently writing and demoing for a debut full-length. How far along is the writing process for it?
As of these past couple weeks, the album is definitely past the halfway mark and we are continuing to come up with new ideas for it everyday. We still have a solid amount to work on for it, but it has definitely take a very solid shape in the past months and we could not be more excited for how it is coming along.
How would you compare the initial sounds to the EP?
We experimented with a lot of different sounds and directions on Ghost, as we were fairly new to writing music with each other. The LP, however, is definitely more focused. I think we have found our style in which we are most comfortable. “Goodnight”, which was an acoustic demo on Acoustic Sessions, will be on the full-length in full band form. That would be a good starting point if someone is curious as to the direction we are striving towards on the full-length.
Is a release in the fall a strong possibility?
That’s what we are working around right now as far as a release date goes. We are nearing completion of the album everyday. Everything is on schedule for the most part and we should be in the studio early this summer.
The band will be hitting the road with Daytrader and This Time Next Year on a short run of dates in March in California. How stoked are you guys for these shows?
We’re very excited to be hitting the road again and start playing shows. I, myself, am very stoked to watch our label-mates Daytrader play every night, as I’ve heard nothing but great things about their live show. Also, This Time Next Year just finished recording their album with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, so I’m interested to see how their new stuff sounds.
Should we expect any more dates in the near future?
We are figuring that out right now! In between writing and recording, we want to tour as much as possible. Lots of albums coming out this year from some really cool bands, so hopefully we get the opportunity to get out on the road and support.
Thanks so much for your time, is there anything else you’d like to add or that we should be on the lookout for?
Run For Cover will be rereleasing Ghost on 12” vinyl with our Acoustic Session as the b-side in early April. We will have some new live videos shot by our friend, Alvin Carrillo, up in March as well as a brand new song that will be on a Run For Cover compilation out this summer.