Updated: Jan 25, 2022
The band released their single, "Influences", on Monday, with the music video quickly racking up its first 1000 views.
Seafog comprises Robin Sharma, Nigel Waters, Martyn Sadler, and Andrew Barsby.
Sharma describes his bandmates as longtime friends and collaborators, having met through Dunedin Teachers College, and gigging around Ōtepoti since the 90s.
Bassist Andrew Barsby returned to New Zealand just before the pandemic. Sharma attributes his arrival as the perfect opportunity for the three-piece to expand and add a new layer to their sound.
"Our sound is a continuum of progression. We're a folk, alt, indie rock band. And now that we've got Andrew on bass, we're getting a bit more sonic, crossed with a boogie-ambience", Sharma says.
"Influences" is the lead single on their upcoming album, "Slow Death". Sharma says the song is a shout out to the Dunedin Sound music they love and to their friends and whānau - all of whom have influenced them.
The music video features sweeping views of Otago Harbour, along with some of Dunedin's most iconic urban musical locations, including The Crown Hotel and Steamer Basin Brewery & Taproom. An Otago Heritage bus also makes an appearance. Bruce Mahalski's 'Snapper Mural' commissioned by Jones Chin also provides a powerful visual backdrop.
The band collaborated with local filmmaker Dan Eady and enlisted the talents of Otago Museum's Moa.
"My daughter, Emi, is a talented musician in her own right, so of course she jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Even if it was just sweating inside a hot and uncomfortable Moa costume", Sharma says with a chuckle.
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