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Seafret (UK)
March 25, 20:00
Arbat Hall Arbat Hall

The North East of England is a place shrouded in tradition, installing a powerful sense of who you are in its residents. Hailing from the small town of Bridlington, Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar) chose the name Seafret for their music. As well as being a pun on the guitar fret board, itís also a local term; it applies to the rolling mists that come in off the North Sea during summer.

Meeting at an open mic night, the two had distinctly different levels of experience. Though a few years younger, Harry Draper was an experienced local musician; Jack Sedman, meanwhile, had quite literally only just discovered his voice.

Despite this, the pair instantly hit it off. "We wrote our own songs straight out of nowhere," explains Jack Sedman. "Iíd never written a song before. I loved music but had never written it. We clicked instantly. Thatís how we learned to write: through playing and the chemistry between us."

The two share a debt of gratitude to their families: Harryís father is a noted country and bluegrass musician, while Jackís own father comes from a punk rock background. "I think thatís where it comes from, really" the singer continues. "Harry was massively influenced by his family and I was massively influenced by mine. So when we got together he brought all that to me and I brought all that to him. We shared everything."

Honest and captivating , Seafretís material has a beautifully contagious feel. Writing about life as it evolves around them, the two have a rare observational eye Ė though young, the world is not going to pass them by.

Retaining their love of open mics, the duo appears determined to win over fans one step at a time. "You get up and if you win one person over, thatís one more person," Jack explains. "Itís all part of it."

Honing their craft by playing along to their parentsí John Martyn and Tom Waits records, Seafretís youth allows them to bring something fresh, something unheard. There are shades of both Daughter and of Bon Iverís heartbroken strum on upcoming EP ĎGive Me Something,í with the title track already receiving support from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens at Radio One.

"We never set out to just record one hit," insists Harry. "Thatís why we want something with more weight. People can get a grasp on what the band is about, rather than just one song."

Ultimately, though, the duo are inspired by what they see around them Ė and what they miss most about being divorced from the North, in their new home of London. "Itís the sea. I miss the sea," the guitarist says. "When you live there you take it for granted. I never missed it before. You donít realise what it does to you when youíre there."

Now living and working in London, this sense of dislocation only fuels Seafretís determination to succeed. "It gives you a hard shell," states the singer. "You feel like youíre no one in someone elseís land - which inspires you to get on and do it." (Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia)

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