Seablite is a four-piece pop band from San Francisco inspired by 80s/90s indie and shoegaze. Founding members Lauren Matsui and Galine Tumasyan had been writing songs together for several years; when joined by guitarist Jen Mundy, Seablite debuted an auspiciously-received EP, in 2017. Drummer Andy Pastalaniec soon joined and the group began playing regularly in support of their EP, including opening nods from Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Charlatans. In 2018, Seablite began recording a debut LP and sparked the attention of Emotional Response label founder, Stewart Anderson (of Boyracer/Sarah Records renown).
In June 2019, Seablite’s LP debut, Grass Stains and Novocaine was Released by Emotional Response, garnering domestic and international praise, including Austin Town Hall, The Bay Bridged, Raven Sings the Blues, and Brooklyn Vegan; “[T]he bouncy, jangly songs are bright and loaded with “bah bah bah” choruses, the darker, shoegazer songs get the mood right, with killer lead lines from onetime Wax Idols member Jen Mundy. Lauren Matsui (guitar) and Galine Tumasyan (bass) make great harmonies, too.”
Seablite are ending their eventful 2019 supporting Ladytron at The UC Theatre on 14/12/2019 they will then release a follow-up 10” EP in early January 2020, recorded and produced by Alicia Vanden Heuvel of The Aislers Set in San Francisco. The 4 song EP is being co-released by Emotional Response and UK-based Meritorio Records. Seablite are hoping to support the release with a UK tour in 2020. The music video for Seablite’s “Time is Weird” was directed by Jenn Heard who also directed Seablite’s first single off Grass Stains and Novocaine, “There Were Only Shadows”. Jenn has also directed videos for other Bay Area bands such as Sleepy Sun (“White Dove”), The Dodos (“Longform”), and The Younger Lovers (“Tight Fade” and “Boy From Leeds”).
Seablite can be found at their own Bandcamp site