Stepping into the Spotlight with The Seedy Seeds

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Ohio’s The Seedy Seeds. You can catch the band in Massachusetts when they hit Great Scott in Allston on Monday, March 7.

Band Name: The Seedy Seeds

Band Members:
Margaret Darling: Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Synths (Fairfax, VA)
Mike Ingram: Banjo, Guitar, Vocals (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Brian Penick: Percussion, Lights (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Verb Noun (2011)
Roll Deep (2010, EP)
Count the Days (2008)
Change States (2007)
Take Manhattan (2006, 3-song demo)


How did you form/start?

Over a conversation at a party, Mike and I (Margaret) decided to start a musical project and use the band as a catalyst for learning new instruments. We started with those that we already owned, but didn’t yet know how to play.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

… looking at bearded men perform pop music.

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

People have told me “The Little Patton” off our first full-length is basically a gateway drug to the rest of our catalog. I might, however, suggest a more recent track—to me, “Verb Noun” off our new album really reflects the sound mood of the rest of the record, and therefore stands as a good hint at what else we’re doing.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

We sit before a shelved wall. There are shelves from floor to ceiling. Each shelf is lined with 5-gal glass jars. In each glass jar are hundreds of strips of paper—a single word graces the face of each piece. We sit before these shelves with a small caliber BB gun within reach on an end table. Someone in the distance yells “3-2-1!” and throws a red scarf to the ground. Two of us plug our ears while the third picks up the air gun and shoots once at the glass jars. A jar explodes and paper streams through the air. One of us reaches up and plucks a strip. Together we read the word printed upon the paper. We write a song about whatever the paper says. Lyrics always come first.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

We’ve been itching to write this record for a while now, but we’ve been so frequently on the road, it’s been difficult until just recently to put it all together. Verb Noun is en extension of some very basic sound concepts we’ve been thinking about and working with since 2010 when we recorded Roll Deep. The new record is written around rhythmic ideas and the notion of pushing sounds into spaces we haven’t really explored yet. It’s a pop album, so those already familiar with us won’t at all be disappointed. However, this time around we’ve invited a whole new crew of musical ideas to come party.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

This is probably the toughest query to answer as just myself on behalf of the band. We’ve experienced some really amazing things together, and I’m 100% positive either of them would offer different answers, but today I’m large and in charge. It’s always just incredible to play to a room of people who have chosen to be there with you, sharing those moments with you. And there is nothing more awesome than hearing your songs coming back to you from the audience over the volume of the stage monitors. We opened for Caribou at the MPMF 2010 under a ginormous tent last September. It was really tightly packed under there; I couldn’t see anything but people shoulder to shoulder from the stage going out forever. And it was one of those amazing nights where everything we put out was reciprocated back from the folks in attendance. Just beautiful.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

For certain it’s been balance. Three of us largely, until recently, working all our efforts and campaigns on our own—being a band and being administrators—while still maintaining some semblance of personal lives back home… It’s challenging to make sure everything that needs to happen does so when it needs to happen, especially as trends within the industry and within popular culture are changing at more rapid a rate than ever before. It’s like juggling flaming torches and spinning plates at the same time while baby-sitting septuplets. At least I imagine that to be the case…

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

There are very few bands in Cincinnati right now that are not top notch, but a definite favorite of ours is Pop Empire.

What band would you most like to open for?

I would give away every organ in my body that I have two of to share the stage with Jason Lytle.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?


What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

We absolutely love Boston. We’ve played the city a few times now and look for every excuse to come back. We like big cities that feel like cities with lots to do and plenty of cultural variety, but that still maintain a unique personality. There is no other city that can pass for Boston.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

We aim to make every performance the best we’ve ever given. We will sing, we will sweat, we will dance. Brian will probably break every stick in his bag. Oh, and Brian’s drums light up when he bangs on them.

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