SEIMS are an all-out auditory assault. What started as a “bedroom-only studio project” grew into this furious Sydney-based math-rock powerhouse, which has drawn comparisons to big names like 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, Battles and Adebisi Shank.
Supporting Tortoise at the Manning Bar on December 7 with mates Tangents, we chatted to the band’s main man, Simeon Bartholomew, as part of our Two Minutes With series.
Describe your music in five words or less?
Chaotic, positively-charged math-rock.
What’s going on in the world of SEIMS?
Writing our third album, and creating memes of the band. Majority of my time is spent on the latter.
What motivates you to make music?
My utter-hatred of complacency and mediocrity, and my strong passion for polarising audiences and making them question what 'music' actually is.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
Having spawned two very-well received albums and performing/touring with the country's greatest acts (including Regurgitator a few weeks ago) from what was once intended as a ‘living-room only’ side-project.
One low point involved having our set entirely cut at a sold-out show because "…our loudness would disrupt the live stage play of Romeo and Juliet in the neighbouring venue". Fact: We wouldn't have ‘disrupted’ their show - we would've happily destroyed their show.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Tortoise The Catastrophist, Wartime Sweethearts Hello Sparta, Hashshashin Nihsahshsah, Jean Jean Symmetry, Instrumental, (adj.) A Series of Disagreements, Ahleuchatistas Arrebato, Three Trapped Tigers Silent Earthling, and Tangents Stateless.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?
It depends on what you're after re: dietary requirements. I am quite spicy thanks to my hybrid ethnicity - not great if you're an IBS sufferer. Sam's dreads aren't great for your digestive system as they lack nutritional substance. Chris has a lot of protein due to his personal fitness, however he'd be a tough meat and quite hard to digest, so you'd need to make sure you have adequate areas dedicated to the food-baby aftermath. Also we wouldn't eat Paul due to the nature of it being a hate-crime because of his racial heritage, plus he's a great conversationalist to help bide the time whilst wasting away on said desert island.
Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
The hierarchy of the internet and the metadata algorithms of social media and SEO. Everybody's opinions, regardless of merit/validation/source/gravity, are presented in equal measure within their own circle, fuelling extremist and polarised views, and the forced exclusion of opposing perspective due to the 'negative' reaction/lack of engagement it may create. Oh and also people who mix up “your" and "you're" on their Tinder profile. Dealbreaker. Swiping left thx cheers.
You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Serious answer: This already exists. It's called Nicefest - kudos to Art As Catharsis for curating a fucking killer line-up every year (and thanks for including us!). See you all there in 2017.