Having cut their teeth on numerous projects throughout high school and college, Atlanta natives Jason Travis and Joey Patino formed Sealions in an effort to reach through the apathetic din of modern guitar rock and grasp something inventive and invasive. Sealions draws equal inspiration from the fuzzy guitars of 90’s West Coast alternative, the bubbly synthesisers of English new wave and French house and the vocal harmonies of 70’s American super-pop groups. Joined by drummer John Craig and bassist/guitarist Keith Edmiston in 2009, the band continues to float genre lines unapologetically between dance and rock music.
Their newest release, Number One Lover, shows a new side of the band, a five song EP of the band’s catchiest tracks to date produced with the aid of Jason Kingsland (Band of Horses, Washed Out, Cults). Number One Lover EP was released today (9 September) via Atlanta collective Deer Bear Wolf. The striking video for first single Honey filmed over a weekend in a warehouse in Atlanta, has premiered on Gold Flake Paint. The blog says of the minimalistic video: “…creating a juxtaposition which instantly grabs, the brilliant song is constrained only to one dimly lit warehouse space, the exuberance of the rich melodies shown only through the stylistic performance of the lone dancer who twists, dips and weaves to every radiant hook and every pulse of percussion.”
The tracks of Number One Lover came together over a number of sessions in Atlanta in 2013 and represents a band at its creative zenith. “[Kingsland] is a great producer”, Patino says. “It took working with him to figure out how to be a rock band. That’s all we did growing up and I think we forgot what it was like to be a young kid thrashing on a guitar.” The opening synth salvo of Honey, the driving, propulsive beat—and thrilling, eventual riffstravaganza—of Luster, the otherworldly majesty of Thieves, the slow build dance party of Diamonds, the heartbreaking tear-jerk of Setting Suns; taken as a whole, Number One Lover is an infectious titan that toys with convention and embraces an affinity for dance.