Guildford Pop Rock Newcomers Seasonal have today released their debut: 5 track EP ‘Bloom’. With the title chosen to represent the new beginning for the quartet, vocalist/bassist Matt Truseler gives an insight into it’s content: “Lyrically we take a very honest approach. The songs on this EP are all about personal experiences from our lives and feelings. We wanted to avoid having songs with generic lyrics that although anyone could relate to, do not have a personal connection to us: a balance between, what is relatable for the listener, without losing the meaning of each track for us.” The EP has also been supported by the release of a video for lead single ‘Certainty’, which can be viewed here, with Truseler saying: “We decided that we wanted to keep it simple and with the same theme that has gone through everything from the album artwork into the band photos. Featuring Matt singing in the forest, cut with band performance, helped to keep the idea and imagery of isolation and loneliness.”
With a line-up completed by guitarists Max O’Neill and Alex Coombes and drummer Alex Tickner, Seasonal formed as a trio in 2016, later recruiting Coombes on the strength of their demos. With the line-up complete they pushed on with writing more material, but agreed that “something was not quite selling us”. Continuing to experiment, a simple change of tuning and the writing of debut track ‘Sevens’ made for a winning combo and from this process their moniker was plucked: “The name of the band really just came from the change in the attitude and way we approached the project, like a change in the seasons,” summaries Truseler.
Once happy with their repertoire, 9 months had passed and the band headed into the studio with the intention of recording just one track with Oz Craggs at Hidden Track in Folkestone. However, upon hearing the first mix, they were inspired to dive in, going on to lay down all of the tracks that became ‘Bloom’. The result is an emotionally weathered offering of heartfelt pop rock, reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World, Deaf Havana and Taking Back Sunday. Noting influences from both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, they feel the acts they adore have shaped their sound, but that they offer something different. With the release now available they conclude: ”Our debut EP ‘Bloom’ doesn’t have a set message throughout, instead each track has its own vibe and story, all related to our own personal experiences growing up. We feel the title ‘Bloom’ encapsulates the collection of stories and gives the audience the impression of something fresh and new. We hope you enjoy!”