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Sea Pinks, the Belfast guitar pop trio spearheaded by Neil Brogan, on guitar and vocals, Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums continue their forays into creating good time guitar vibes with flecks of surf-rock and specks of outsider power pop. But as Neil says, those references aren’t the whole story.
“We’re often typecast as being a particular thing, be it surf or jangle-pop or whatever, which can be reductive. The songs are the thing with us.”
Watercourse is their sixth album in seven years since 2010, and is a game of two halves, from bright to more urgent sounds.
“The songs on side one are all about movement,” says Brogan. They are dreamy and more upbeat. Side two is more about being static, whether it’s a fixed place or a moment in time. They are more urgent sounding and a little more bittersweet.”
Catch them in the Roisin Dubh in Galway tonight with Silverbacks (check their EP) and The Grand Social tomorrow with September Girls and Cat Palace as recommended in this week’s gig guide.
25 May – Rosin Dubh, Galway
26 May – The Grand Social, Dublin
29 May – Bush Hall, London
31 May – Supersonic, Paris
1 Jun – Bar Hic, Rennes
2 Jun – DIY Cafe, Lille
3 Jun – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam
4 Jun – Coin Aux Etoiles, Mons
5 Jun – Gruner Jager, Hamburg
6 Jun – Internet Explorer, Berlin
7 Jun – Kunstkeller, Furth
8 Jun – Schuur, Lucerne
9 Jan – Hirscheneck, Basel
10 Jun – Le Salopard, Biel
11 Jun – Handmade Festival, Guastalla
17 Jun – Black Box, Belfast