Australian experimental rock project SEIMS who release new album ‘FOUR’ on 22nd October have shared the new video for recent single ‘Showdown Without A Victim’.
The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Simeon Bartholomew, SEIMS has evolved into an explorational and formidable band over the course of several records, including their most recent release ‘3’ and ‘3.1’ which featured the stabbing punk of ‘Cyan’ and lilting math-rock ode ‘Imperfect Black’.
The new record showcases the band’s delicately crafted arrangements on tracks including the beguiling 65daysofstatic ‘Wild Light’ era tinged post-math-rock of Elegance Over Confidence, the soaring modern post-rock of The Mountain’s Scream and the dark ‘Stranger Things’ evoking electro-prog of recent single Showdown Without A Victim.
Simeon comments on the new video:
“This clip is all about painting the picture of an argument with no outcome. Played by Jack Tickner (some may know him as the guitarist from Wollongong’s greatest math-rock band, Basil’s Kite) with two characters trying to battle it out to be heard because they think they’re both right. They coerce. They yell. They impose. They bait. They do everything to try and convince the other of their opinion, yet nothing to learn or listen.
I’ve always been a big fan of Jack’s creativity. His musicianship is ferocious and when it comes to his acting, he skirts the line of conviction and uncomfortability so well. I sent him a really basic shot list with some random bits of direction, and he filmed these bits for me on his green screen at home. I didn’t know what to expect back, but I knew it’d be great. The animation came to life quite naturally purely because of Jack’s incredible performances.”
Watch now: https://youtu.be/5My5S-yNBjk
The album was written & produced by Simeon Bartholomew himself, engineered by Tim Carr (We Lost The Sea), mixed by Alex Wilson (sleepmakeswaves) & mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice. As well as Simeon performing bass, guitars, synths, piano & vocals himself, it also features blistering performances from Plini drummer Chris Allison, Kat Hunter & Susie Bishop on violins & Tangents/FourPlay member Peter Hollo on cellos.
For the release of ‘FOUR’ SEIMS have partnered with Australian labels Art As Catharsis & Bird’s Robe once again, as well as European vinyl label Dunk Records for the first time.
Initially conceived as a one-man studio project in 2012, the band has expanded into a ferocious live act with some of Sydney’s most talented musicians. SEIMS has shared stages with a diverse array of acts including Tortoise, Regurgitator, We Lost The Sea & Jean Jean. They performed at back to back Progfest events in 2018 & 2019 and have toured Japan twice, featuring at Tokyo’s iconic math-rock festival Bahamasfest.
In 2020 they were due to play the main stage at UK festival ArcTanGent, alongside Opeth, This Will Destroy You & Swans, when the pandemic forced the postponement of the event. They are now due for their maiden UK/EU tour in 2022, again featuring a performance at ArcTanGent.
‘FOUR’ is out on Friday 22 October through Art As Catharsis Records, Bird’s Robe Records & Dunk Records.