Live Review: Sea Girls – The Wardrobe, Leeds 02/05/2022
To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Homesick’ released in March 2022, Sea Girls have scheduled a number of smaller, more intimate gigs, partnering with local independent record stores. Tonight’s gig was at The Wardrobe in Leeds and in conjunction with local record store Crash Records.
Comprising Henry Camamile (vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass), and Oli Khan (drums), the indie rock band formed in 2015. Their debut single was released in June 2017 and following their single release, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ in September of 2018, they were hotly tipped for success by multiple publications, going on to secure a record deal with Polydor the following year. Homesick is their second album release with Polydor and peaked at No.3 in the UK Albums Chart.
All entering stage together, the band begin the night with the track ‘Hometown’. The setlist has mixed up the track listings from the album – presumably intentionally but they’ve done it in a way where the songs still sound like they belong in this new order. The surprisingly mixed-age crowd (given they are a relatively new band) are happy to participate throughout whether it is singing or dancing. Newly added to the album, the track DNA gets a special mention as it coincides with a limited edition Record Store Day 7” vinyl single release.
A personal favourite of mine from the evening was ‘Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son’ – it definitely has that upbeat, sing along at the top of your voice, summer festival sound to it and I can imagine it becoming more popular as warm weather and festival season approaches.
‘Cute Guys’ seemed a relatively late addition to the setlist, judging by the handwritten insert into the provided setlist. Out of all the songs that were played, it would seem this was the least favourite. That’s not to say the crowd didn’t like it, but it definitely seemed to be less well known.
As the night is a celebration of the album release, most songs are from the new album, however to close the night the band play their biggest hit to date ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ which is a real crowd pleaser – in fact they manage to sing louder than the band! The final song of the night is then the crowd requested ‘Adored’ during which Henry stood on the railing by the crowd before joining the fans.
Leeds was the second stop on this smaller venue, predominantly sold-out tour with limited tickets available directly from Sea Girls website here. If you don’t get the chance to see them on this tour, they embark on their biggest UK tour to date in November 2022. Tickets available here.
Someone’s Daughter Someone’s Son
Sleeping With You
All I Want To Hear You Say