The Seedy Seeds are a Cincinnati band that recently played at the Great Scott in Allston March 7 (See our review here.) Before they left town, The MUSE was able to ask vocalist Mike Ingram a few questions.
The MUSE: How did you originally begin playing together?
Mike Ingram: Margaret and I met at a party thrown by a mutual friend, and decided that night to start the band. We were just a two-piece with banjo, accordion, guitar, and drum machine for a while. During the recording of our second full-length record “Count the Days,” we brought Brian on to combine live drums with electronic drums on the recording; when we were finished with it were like, “Hey, do you want to just keep going?” So we brought him on as a full-time member and it’s been all beards and puppy dogs ever since.
TM: How would you describe your music?
MI: We use traditional folk instruments mixed with electro-disco dance beats to write Beatle-based pop songs about mythology.
TM: What’s your favorite city to play in? What was your best show ever?
MI: That’s a tough one. Our hometown Cincinnati treats us really, really well and our best ever show was definitely our album release show we had there just recently. We threw a fourteen band music festival with three stages and sold-out the whole venue. Away from home I’d have to say that New York City is currently topping my list, thanks in no small part to the ridiculous amount of amazing venues and delicious Mediterranean food on every corner.
TM: How has touring treated you thus far?
MI: Aside from a Brief Bout with Bronchitis (BBB) and the fact that my banjo snapped in half on the third show in, this tour has been the best one yet. Every city has been really great to us, we’ve somehow managed to get some sleep and I’m feeling kind of amazing in general. We get to see our favorite cities and get to see our friends that have moved to these cities. Every day it’s like a family reunion — the good kind, not the warm-potato-salad-and-sloppy-kisses-from-your-aunt-kind.
TM: What artist or group are you most inspired by?
MI: This is definitely different for each of us, but personally I can probably attribute my passion for music Michael Jackson, as far back as I can remember.
TM: I’ve read that you all have very different tastes in music; does this help or hinder you?
MI: I think it definitely helps. Every genre has its own way to think about songwriting and composition, and when we create our songs there isn’t just one way to think about how it will go. Pop songs sometimes start with a melody or lyrics and then you build the song around that; electronic songs will sometimes start with a loop or a rhythm or some snippet and you build on that. Folk songs are like stories put to music, so by combining what we all know about the different styles we are really able to draw from different perspectives and can avoid getting caught in a formula or a single way of doing things. However, it does mean that in the van, we basically can only listen to 50s Doowop or books on tape.
TM: What are the three albums you listen to most on the road?
MI: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on tape.
TM: Is this the first year you will be playing at SXSW?
MI: This is actually our third year, and we are SUPER EXCITED. SXSW, for us, is like a combination of Mardis Gras, New Years, and all of our birthdays rolled into one. We almost use it to mark time, like the year hasn’t started until we get down to Austin. It’s grueling and we play sometimes two or three shows a day, but it’s also ridiculously rewards and fun and exhausting and relaxing and everything everything all rolled into one.