In the lead up to Beer InCider Festival at the end of September, we’ve snagged a few behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and exclusives. The festival naturally (obvs) features a plethora of beer and cider, but also brings a mix of live music and unique experiences for a wholesome weekend out!
Dear Seattle is an Australian band from Sydney’s Northern Beaches with an eclectic sound reminiscent of early 90s grunge. Playing at Beer InCider, we managed to pinch five minutes of lead singer, Brae’s time and picked his brain on the inspiration and ins and outs of being a songwriter.
Ps. Dear Seattle have also teamed up with Philter Brewing and created their own lager, ‘Beer Seattle’ exclusive to Beer InCider!
What song did you find most challenging to write?
In the outset it wasn’t that difficult, and funnily enough, we ended up leaving it how we had it originally, but I’d say Try! We loved the original version of the song so much that we really wanted it to be a single, but we felt it’s structure was a bit disjointed and didn’t think it would work for a single and if people would get it – so we tried restructuring a bunch of times, and experimented with different layering, but it just never felt right. In the end we decided the original version was how it had to be and ended up chucking it out as a single anyway!
What was your favourite song to write and why?
I really enjoyed writing Daytime TV, as it actually started as an experiment with new songwriting styles. Normally I would write the music first and then write lyrics to fit that mood and melodies/rhythms to match the instrumentation. However, Daytime TV was the first time I tried writing the lyrics and vocal melody first, then wrote the music. It was an awesome change of perspective and I feel I really developed a new skill in doing it.
What are your green room necessities?
Tea and honey, beers, towels, food and heaps of it, water and even more of it and a fan in summer! Also, we have 1 x framed photo of Paul Blart Mall Cop on our rider too, so whenever that gets delivered it’s a whole other level.
What are your top 3 favourite songs to play and why?
I personally love A Modest Mind, ‘cos it’s just so driving and heavy and always gets people moving - Daytime TV because it’s such an easy sing-a-long and so bright and upbeat - and I Keep Dreaming because it’s usually at the end of the set, and due to the fact it’s deeply emotional, I think it really leaves people with an understanding that Dear Seattle is more than just a piss-sinking rock band.
What was the inspiration behind the name Dear Seattle?
I actually spent a few years living there as a kid and I adored the city. The name is a bit of an ode to simpler times and childhood memories – plus a nod at the famous 90’s alternative/grunge scene that cultivated in Seattle.
If you could have one Rockstar join your band from any moment in time, who would it be?
Liam Gallagher ‘cos I reckon it would be simply wild with him on board. As you were.
And finally, what’s something you can’t tour without?
Dear Seattle will be playing Beer InCider Experience (20 & 21 September) from 5:30pm at the Brisbane Showgrounds, 21 September. Third release tickets on sale – catch them while you still can, book here.