“I think we draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources musically in this band,” explains guitarist and vocalist, Sean Spollen. The 2013 EP, Seirenes, certainly flirts with both embracing youthful audacity like in the most summery classic rock anthems, while also dipping into darker moods that reflect a love of the gritty ambiance oozing from old Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins albums.
The Record is truly a collective effort where the members are happy to rotate the spotlight. Will Hendrick, the keyboardist and vocalist with a background singing in church choirs, has rich baritone that will rise and swell into a song as though it is warmly reaching up and over a hill, and the new addition of a drummer to The Record in the form of Robbie Duncan, has allowed the songs to breathe and move out from an enriched physicality in rhythm that can only come from live percussion.
As all the members had to work around busy life schedules to create and record the songs at Drake and Spollen’s home, the immense undertaking of self-releasing Seirenes is a testament to the members’ driving love of music. The most affirming thing about Seirenes is its commitment to sincere rock. “We swung back away from the complex arrangement of [The Record’s 2012 EP] Party Monster and wrote a simpler, more straight ahead rock EP,” admitted Drake, “When you record in a house and not a studio there are a lot of limitations. We don’t have the high-end microphones and gear that a professional studio has so we have to be patient and creative to find the sound we want.”
Ultimately, Seirenes is a record of affirmation; songs may narrate the crestfallen responses to a bad turn in relationships, but fundamentally assert the resolve to come out whole on the other side. In regard to this, Spollen acknowledged, “the songs talk about dealing with temptation: the temptation to give up, to get into a situation that can be self-destructive. Everyone has different “sirens” in their life – and sometimes you gotta face your demons, or battle them and get over them.”
– Whitney Ayres Kenerly