Today (20th of November), Steve ‘N’ Seagulls released their most recent album “Another Miracle.” The full album is now available to stream on Spotify!
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls have one of the most unique and cheerful sounds that you will hear in todays music industry. The songs that feature on “Another Miracle” are so addictive and fun-loving, that you will have it on repeat for hours.
It’s hard to describe their genre as they seem to have created a whole new one! Imagine a cross between bluegrass and classic rock…and that’s what Steve ‘N’ Seagulls give you. They have so happening in the songs; from insane vocals, to impeccable instrumentation using a variety of instruments, you’ll wonder how a bunch of people can be so talented.
We wanted to know more about the world of Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, so we got in touch with Remmel from the band to have a chat about all things music.
Hello! Thank you so much for taking time to answer our questions! Let’s start by talking about your brand-new album “Another Miracle.” What can you tell us about it?
Hi! We’re happy to answer! Another Miracle is our 4th album. When we started working on the pre-production we also we’re happy to get Finnish producer Timo Kämäräinen to work with us basically all the way from the beginning. The whole process was quite much longer than before and right away from the start the atmosphere was awesome. Our line up changed a bit to this album so it is the first one with Jamppa on bass and Skubu on drums. We feel that the way we approached the whole work can be heard from the album. We wanted to make a more complete and better album than before. And we did. It’s 50/50 original and re-arranged cover songs. So that also makes it a bit different. On the previous two albums we also had some original material but not as much. The album is punchier and maybe more energized but also has the elements that are true to our roots. So to sum up: we made an album that has a lot of new elements, new energy and presents new sides from our band, not forgetting the roots either.
How would you describe your sound for our readers? How is this album different to what you have released in the past?
Our sound is a mixture of acoustic and even folkish instruments with a progressive approach. There are flavors from The US, Finland and some slavic colors too. That combined to a more modern approach towards acoustic music, a punchy drumset and a lot of vocal harmonies. As described earlier, this album is maybe more modern but also bows towards our roots. We wanted to make a more energized, tight and punchier album than before. There are also more original songs on this one. We also have progressed as a band towards a better functioning group in terms of artistic choices and discussions. That really made the difference on the whole process. Album is also more straight forward on some areas but also has plenty of out-of-the -box ideas which are distinctive to our group.
Can you talk us through the creative process that you take when making an album?
It starts with discussions and making demos. If it is an original or a cover song the process is quite similar. We make demos that everyone has an access to and start working around ideas. It might be a riff or almost a whole song. Then we get together and play around the ideas more and make the band demos. At some point we try to narrow the amount of songs and work more on the ones closing up to making it to the album. Sometimes there are songs that come along in a later stage so we don’t lock ourselves on anything too tightly. On the new album producer Timo Kämäräinen had a big role throughout the whole process. He gave us vital ideas and input to work with. When closing to the studio time we also spend a lot of time rehearsing alone and as a group. We want to be really prepared to play songs with a good flow and groove. In the studio we usually play a lot of stuff as a group. Let’s say most of the basic tracks on the songs are played together as a group. We feel that an important element for us in everything is the atmosphere. So that we want to work like a group of friends and have fun with music. So it’s about having fun and making as good music as we possibly can.
What would you say is your favourite track on the album and why?
Well that is a tough question. There are originals and covers… and I can only speak for myself. If an original then Lion tamer. It has a very strange atmosphere and a lot of flavours. But in the end it is a very good composition, arrangement and we were able get to the point we wanted to with that song. If a cover then it’s Master of puppets. First of all it’s a song that i’ve listened to hundreds of times. As a young metalhead Metallica was one of my favorites. But we found new sides to this song. Jamppa wrote and played some awesome string arrangements to the song. Also I love the energy on the track. It has plenty of changes and plenty of straight forward rockin’.
We want to know how “Steve ‘N’ Seagulls” came together. What’s your story? How did you guys meet? What made you decide that you wanted to form a band?
Band was formed in 2010 as a side project for maybe ten shows at first. We moved to Jyväskylä in central Finland to study sometime early 2000s or so. It’s not a big city so even though we didn’t all study in the same place we got to know each other. After a couple of line up changes we are here today. And we are very happy. Maybe one key element with this band is that it is a continuous experiment of acoustic instruments, energy and different musical elements.
We can imagine that you’re itching to get back out on stage again. What do you enjoy most about playing live?
Yes. We are very anxious and can’t wait to tour around the world again. But safety first. The best feeling on stage is a mixture of the feel that the band works together as a one big engine that just goes on and on. All the bits and pieces just find their places seamlessly. And the reaction you get from the audience. Sometimes it’s mosh pits and crowd surfing. And sometimes it’s people listening and really concentrating on the music. Our sound and instrumentation allows us to perform in very different venues and festivals. So we also meet a lot of different audiences. That is an awesome thing.
What is the one question you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does? Please do answer the question you come up with!
Hah, a good one… 🙂 Can you please tell us why Led Zeppelin is such an awesome band? Well, it is probably the best band in the world. The span and variety on their albums is amazing. They can go from raw blues and rock n’ roll to a progressive rock and pop with a unique quality of music. And it all comes down naturally. Also they are the prime example of a time and place where all the stars align and a once in a lifetime group is formed. Everything kind of fits into place. They have composed some of the best music ever written. And the way they were able to get the emotions and essence of the band on tape was just out of this world.
Finally, are you able to share any plans you may have for 2021?
Yes of course. We hope to tour as much as possible. We’ve had to postpone and cancel about 100 shows from 2020 due to the pandemic. We’ll see what happens. Also we’ll release new videos and material like that during 2021. We might also release some studio recordings. Alot of it depends on how this global situation goes. But let’s hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
Huge thank you to Remmel for talking to us! “Another Miracle” is an album you really don’t want to miss. To celebrate the release, the group will be hosting a livestream for all to watch here at 6pm today (20th of November)!
So, what is your favourite track from “Another Miracle”? Let us know over on our Twitter! – @AboutThe_Noise