Cincinnati’s The Seedy Seeds Return to South Park Tavern
By Kyle Melton
Joy. Pure, unbridled joy. The pursuit of this ideal lies at the core of The Seedy Seeds’ aesthetic. Hailing from Cincinnati, the trio brings an impassioned sense of wonder and bliss to each and every performance which, if allowed, can cause uncontrollable gyrating and leave an audience with a visible glow. Since the release of 2011’s Verb Noun album (the band’s third on their own Eurodorable imprint), the band experienced a lineup change, as longtime drummer Brian Penick parted ways this past fall, replaced by Joe Frankl, leaving founding member Margaret Darling and Mike Ingram to carry on. While some bands may falter at such turning points, The Seedy Seeds seem optimistic about their future. We spoke with Ingram about the changes experienced by the band during 2011 and what the future holds for The Seedy Seeds…
Dayton City Paper: As TSS wrap up 2011 and head into 2012, what were some of your favorite moments from the past year? How was the reception to your last album, Verb/Noun?
Mike Ingram: 2011 was our biggest year ever. New album, new agent, new drummer, two music videos, and about 22,000 miles worth of touring on top of it all. There are too many moments to even begin to say which one represents my favorite, but I think the ones that I’ll always remember are the sort of eye-of-the-hurricane moments. I think my favorite thing however was the release of Verb Noun, which I really think is our best album yet; we finally had the right studio and the right time frame and the right tools to flesh out the sounds in our heads, and I’m really proud of it.
The band recently parted ways with drummer Brian Penick. What was the story behind the lineup change? How did you meet up with your new drummer, Joe Frankl?
Joe had filled in this past summer for a handful of festival dates while Brian was on vacation, and he fit right in without missing a beat, har har har. Brian then announced that he was going to take a break from playing music, after spending the better part of a decade constantly touring. It couldn’t have been an easier transition. Joe brings a lot of exciting things to the table because he also plays guitar and bass and piano and a pile of other instruments, and sings like an angel. We will definitely be exploiting him to the fullest extent of the law! [MI]
You recently released a new video for the track “I am the Conductor” off Verb Noun. How was that experience?
The director, Anthony Moorman, came to us originally with an idea for a video that was reasonably straightforward, and while it would have been cool and a great video, we asked him to come up with something crazy to compare it to make sure it was really going to work. He came back the next day with the concept for the “I Am The Conductor” video, almost shot-by-shot how it eventually turned out. We’ve done videos before that are loosely based on a story and a couple that are kind of simple “band-in-a-room” kind of deals, but we couldn’t be happier with how Anthony was able to fit just enough story and character development and humor and music into a two-and-a-half minute song. [MI]
With a new lineup in place, are you currently working on new material? Have you been recording?
We’ve been working on new material for a while now. Right now we’re writing without a specific album or project in mind, so instead of trying to write songs that fit with the other songs so they’ll all fit on one disc, we’re letting each song go in its own direction and flesh it out into its own existence, and try to take it as far as it can go. It’s really fun to work on each song like it’s its own little album, and see it evolve and change as we play it live and make changes and record demos and change it again and again until it really fills out its own identity. [MI]
Is there anything else people need to know about TSS and their upcoming show at SPT in Dayton?
I guess the only thing to say is despite being from Cincinnati, it feels like our two cities are expanding to the point where they join in the middle – right around the Trader’s World exit, as if that flea market is the light on the end of God’s finger in the famous Sistine Chapel mural. We feel like Dayton is just as much part of our home as Cincinnati. We’re really, really fortunate to have so many people in Dayton treat us like a hometown band, and it’s really exciting to have two cities right next to each other that have so much respect and support for original music. We had an absolute blast at South Park Tavern last time, and I suggest folks bring their dancin’ shoes! [MI]
The Seedy Seeds will perform on Thursday, February 19 at South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave. Also on the bill are Wake Up Mordecai. Admission is $5 for all ages. Doors at 9 pm. For more information, visit theseedyseeds.com.
Reach DCP Music Editor Kyle Melton at MusicEditor@DaytonCityPaper.com and read his blog at thebuddhaden/net.