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 synthesizers 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 releaseNumber 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 will be released via Atlanta collective Deer Bear Wolf on September 9th, 2014 and today, the EP opener “Honey” is available for a listen.
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 embraces an affinity for dance.
Number One Lover EP
Out September 9th, 2014 on Deer Bear Wolf