Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm festival. Flooding the stage with energy, they put on a massive show that wowed us, immediately making us lifelong fans. While festival season is now sadly in the past it does mean that bands take to the stage for their headlining tour, bringing us to Mama Roux on a Thursday evening. Supported by The Pale White, Sea Girls took to their headlining stage delighting fervent fans with their bombastic energy and even bigger sound.

There is a palpable excited energy swirling around Mama Roux; bathed in forest green light fans wait in anxious anticipation, refusing to sit still for any length of time. A quick turnover and the music stalled, on sauntered pop rock Sea Girls. With a slap of energy the band launched into ‘Eat Me Whole.’ With mid song guitar riffs the song melted as the mosh pit gained intensity, it was going to be a good night!

‘Heavenly War’ and a new electronic bent tune streamed through next. While the audience excitedly clapped offbeat the pop rock vibes flowed. Sea Girls has an incredible ability to mix pop elemental sounds with elongated rock instrumentals, displaying their talents not only as performers but also as musicians. For such a young band their mastery of their sound is impressive and while the audience may be more focused on their dance moves the band slays with long guitar riffs and drum sequences.

Fan favourite ‘What For,’ a song documenting the exploration of the youthful years, and hypnotic ‘Too Much Fun’ find fans screaming along. An overwhelming swell of sound, it is clear that Sea Girls fans are fully invested in tonight’s shenanigans. A bit of a slower tempo comes with melodic rock tune, the feeling revived with ‘All I Want To Hear from You Say.’ Exuberant ‘Call Me Out’ brings a mental cacophony of sound and energy, as bodies slam together in joyful glee with ‘Adore’ rounding out the set. Moody ‘Daisy, Daisy’ and ‘Lost’ round out the encore.

There is something so pure and perfect about a Sea Girls gig. Their mastery of music is unquestionable; the ability to intermingle pop rock sonic elements with beautifully orchestrated elongated instrumentals brings such life and energy into their songs. This is balanced by their light-hearted and at times youthfully kitschy lyrical content, a perfected intertwining that allows them to be creative geniuses while still being relatable to their clearly adoring fans. At Mama Roux Sea Girls brought an insane amount of energy to their stage, and despite their shorter set left fans exhausted and invigorated, anticipating with great excitement their next headlining tour.

Reviewer: Kylie McCormick

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