By Sonia Schnee | Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2018
This Saturday, June 9th, Asbury Park-based dark alternative pop band, The Cold Seas, will be performing at the Metuchen Art & Music Festival in downtown Metuchen, NJ. Then on Wednesday, June 13th, they will be performing with The Parlor Mob at The Saint in Asbury Park. In March of this year, The Cold Seas released a music video for their newest single, "RETROGRADE." Learn about the band's musical inspirations and magnetic vibe in our interview with Erik Rudic (guitar/keys), below:
What's your name, where are you from, where are you based now?
We're The Cold Seas from and currently located in Asbury Park, NJ.
Tell us about your music. How would you describe your sound? Where do you record? Who are your influences, musically?
We're an alternative electronic rock band. We record at our practice space/studio in Asbury Park. We're influenced by the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, The Cure, MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, and many others.
What's the meaning or inspiration behind some of your songs? How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?
Lyrically, our songs are moody, dark, and introspective and usually inspired by negative events in our lives. We always try to find a balance between personal experience and relatability. Musically, our goal is always to create the right vibe for the listener. Lyrics are an important aspect of our songs but aren't always taken into account when we're working on the instrumentation and production.
How did you get started with music? What's been your personal journey? Are there any artists, bands, or producers who you'd love to collaborate with one day?
We've all been playing music from a young age with the support of our family and friends. The band has been constantly evolving since we started almost 3 years ago. The Cold Seas has been a learning experience in many ways, and we've continued to fine tune our vision and goals as a band. There are plenty of talented people we'd like to work with, but we're working towards being as self-reliant as possible.
What words of advice or encouragement would you give to someone who wants to follow a similar passion, or is maybe facing obstacles similar to what you've faced?
Keep learning your craft and be persistent.
What's next on the horizon for you? Do you have any shows coming up? Plans for your next album?
For now, our plan is to continue to release singles along with videos and making them available for free online. We currently have no tours booked, but we're planning on filling our schedule for the summer.
Finally, how can people find you online? Bandcamp? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, etc.?
We are everywhere.