Pop-Rock Quartet Seasonal have today released their second collection of material, EP ‘Weathered’, via Undead Collective. Available to purchase here and to stream including on YouTube and Spotify, frontman/bassist Matt Truseler says of the record: “Our music has definitely evolved over the course of the year – whilst musically we still sound like the same band, we found ourselves enjoying writing higher tempo tracks. The title and artwork, a photo a friend of ours shot at Old Car City in the States, signifies our progression away from being a new project and really maturing our sound, taking it to the next step, as a band.” In support of ‘Weathered’, the band recently released video singles: the emotionally charged ‘Strangers’ here and performance focussed ‘Honestly’ here.
With a line-up rounded off by guitarists Max O’Neill and Alex Coombes and drummer Alex Tickner, Seasonal began life as a trio in 2016, later recruiting Alex on the strength of demos. Initial material was promising but something was not sitting quite right. As they continued to experiment, a change of tuning signified their light bulb moment and from this process their moniker was plucked: “The name of the band really just came from the change in the attitude and way we approached the project, like a change in the seasons,” summaries Truseler. Debut EP ‘Bloom’ saw release in 2017, followed by sold-out hometown shows, notable support slots and coverage from the likes of Kerrang!, Punktastic and BBC Introducing.
Opting to return to Hidden Track Studios to again work with producer Oz Craggs, this time around they had the benefit of playing some of their new material live before committing it to the recording desk. Not straying from the emotive and heartfelt pop-rock sound displayed on ‘Bloom’, ‘Weathered’ sees them channeling summery vibes and up-tempo grooves in the ilk of Jimmy Eat World, Fireworks and Moose Blood. Truseler explains of it as a whole: “The general theme, presented through different scenarios, is wonder, and not knowing how choices you have made have changed your path. What if you did something different? We like to talk about a lot of personal stuff in our songs and hope with ‘Weathered’, like with our debut, we will receive some lovely messages from people saying what the songs mean to them.”