MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…Dear Seattle
Photo Credit: Maclay Heriot
Australian indie-rock quartet Dear Seattle return with their emotion-fuelled album Someday, delivering a message of reassurance throughout the eleven tracks. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist Brae Fisher following the album release to discuss the band’s influences, ambitions, future plans and more.
Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band.
Gday team, my name is Brae Fisher and I’m the vocalist and guitarist for Dear Seattle, a graphic designer, artist manager and a cinematographer. I love creating opportunities for people to feel emotionally connected to something. Dear Seattle has always had the ethos that whatever you’re going through, be it good or bad, it’s always made better or easier by being shared, so community has always been at the forefront. We play alternative/indie-rock laden with singalongs, as well as depth to the lyricism and musicality.
How did the band form and how long have you been together?
We originally formed in 2013, so it’s almost been ten years now! However we only started taking things seriously around 2016, when we changed our sound to what it is today and decided to start trying to make this our career. We were originally just friends of friends who played the right instruments, so it just came together by word of mouth really.
Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?
I was about eleven years old and had been playing guitar for about three years, just learning covers of songs that I loved. I never sung because I didn’t have a good voice, and it felt weird to me at the time to be singing someone else’s lyrics, so one day I wrote some of my own and really enjoyed the creativity required in lyric writing. So I decided that’s what I wanted to do! It always feels like solving a puzzle to me, because you’ll have this tune and rhythm in mind and have to fit what you feel cohesively into words that suit that melody and timing, with rhymes placed in the correct spot. It’s really enjoyable to me!
Who and what are the band’s main influences?
Ahh there are so many, but we just love bands that seem real. Like they do it for the love of it and the passion, creating songs that have an impact beyond just the commercial. Bands like Turnstile, Title Fight, Oso Oso, Oasis, Rage Against The Machine, Bon Iver, and Sigur Ros.
What do you aim to achieve as a band?
Our only goal is to keep writing music we love and playing it to the people who care.
For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from a Dear Seattle show?
Our shows are loud and emotional. Lots of interaction with the crowd to make them feel a part of what is going on, instead of being spectators. Singalongs, moshing and self-reflections.
What’s next for Dear Seattle?
We have a tour coming up at the end of September around Australia, then hopefully we can kick the rest of the album release campaign into gear with summer festivals and possibly overseas touring!
Dear Seattle‘s new album Someday is out now, available to stream or purchase HERE.