Artist Interviews

Q&A: Seefeel

By | Published on Thursday 20 January 2011


Founder members Sarah Peacock and Mark Clifford formed Seefeel in 1992, pioneering a smooth shoegaze/rave amalgam that typified the music of the era. Having released their debut ‘Quique’ a year later, they then signed to Warp Records and emerged with the darker-sounding ‘Succour’ in 1995.

Following a brief switch to Rephlex Records for their third album ‘(CH-VOX)’ in 1996, the band took a hiatus, surfacing with a reinvigorated line-up at Warp’s 20th Anniversary showcase in Paris in 2009. Last year marked a return to recording for the band, the result being “don’t call it a comeback” EP ‘Faults’. The band release their new eponymous LP, their first in over a decade, on 31 Jan through Warp. Prior to a European tour, which also launches on 31 Jan in London, we approached Sarah Peacock with the Same Six.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I learnt classical piano and flute as a kid and always played music in some capacity. I had my head turned towards more unusual and extreme music by listening to John Peel, and put an ad in the NME looking for people to form a band with. Mark got in touch and sent me his demo, we found we were on the same wavelength and the rest is history.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Our new-found musical chemistry, the forging or accidental discovery of new sounds, and crowded tube trains.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating track?
Mark’s the lynchpin, generally he works out track ideas by himself and the rest of us add parts by emailing files back and forth or working things out in rehearsal. Tracks are put together in the studio with as much as possibly can be played live, and then we assemble and thrash out a tracklisting.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Originally the list would have read My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Aphex Twin, Sonic Youth and dub music, but now, as well as those, we take on stuff from all over the place – from Sunn O))) to Joe Meek and all points in between.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Come and see us live, bring earplugs (just in case), and absorb it all.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
To play all over the world and produce a load of beautiful music!