Sea Girls’ career has gone stellar in the last year with intense live shows and heart felt lyrics being the backbone of their success. This is all mirrored in their rocket fuelled debut album, Open Up Your Head.
Rarely putting a foot wrong, the band have an incredible talent for writing big hooks, and while hit singles such as ‘Open Up Your Head’, ‘Eat Me Whole’, and ‘Too Much Fun’ do not make the cut, eight other previously released singles do. Open Up Your Head also boasts six new tracks, with no fillers creeping in.
Opening up with the stunning ‘Transplant’ about the heartbreak of a break up, the track has a depth to the production which is not quite matched by their previous releases. Vocally vulnerable, the emotion in this opener is instantly gripping, and a solid introduction to what is in store.
‘All I Wanna Hear You Say’ is a track which always goes down a storm live, particularly to a Manchester crowd, and this energy is well replicated on the recording.
Looking at love through rose tinted glasses, ‘Lie To Me’ deals with a lover besotted with someone and frankly in too deep, “You tell me I’m the one that makes you mad, But do I make you the antithesis of sad,” frontman Henry Camamile sings.
Other new tracks include the fervent ‘Forever’. “I feel the rush between the flame. In this direction, a perfect reflection”, Camamile sings over the explosive guitar riff. As the album progresses, Sea Girls successfully master the piano ballad with ‘You Over Anyone’ highlighting their skills in taking things slow.
Camamile has been open about the meaning of the album title and his own journey with mental health struggles. It was the aftermath of a brain injury when he started to write more openly about his struggles. “I had a head injury and life wasn’t going great anyway. I was partying too much, and I was relying on the wrong things. I was a sad post-teen. I think that’s typical to a lot of people, but I experienced this head injury when I was knocked out at work. After that, my perspective just changed,” he explained.
Sea Girls are prolific songwriters and although their formula is not extraordinary, their lyrics and hooks remain accessible to a disenfranchised youth who are looking to the future and making it their own.