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By Anthony Cross
Brian Collins and Sean Waters of The Seers have been staying busy. Producing their most collaborative album yet, the Fort Collins duo released EP Signals late last month. Another EP is already in the works for the group, which when factored with playing 150+ shows a year is quite a feat. I had the chance to remotely speak with Brian about his exciting projects and collaborations on the way for later this year.
“Both Sean and I were in a band before The Seers called Wasabi, and now after a seven year hiatus, we are going to start playing music together again at some capacity, possibly to get more festival gigs. We are excited and ‘The band formerly known as Wasabi’ is pretty excited too.” It is generally quite difficult to find festival gigs when you are a solo act or a small band. With this new potential setup, it could really mean some intense high energy performances out of The Seers that were previously not possible. “We will still be recording as The Seers, however ‘The Band Formerly Know as Wasabi’ will be a new addition sonically.”
There are many amazing local (and regional) festivals, from UMS to NewWestFest. “FoCoMX rocked this year and Arise is going to be great, we are really excited.” The Seers are quite unique in the sheer fact that they are adaptable and willing to alter their stage setup to achieve the optimal performance. “Sometimes we take it down to a stripped acoustic set, and now here we are talking about stepping up to a full band for festival gigs.” This inherently is a lost quality amongst artists. The performing arts business is a give and take, your music won’t always fit the environment, you have to adapt to get the gig. “You have to just go out and get the gigs, really go after them and hunt them down.”
The key to any duo in the modern music industry is at the very least the ability to record at home. Renting out $60 an hour studio space to record a demo is, plainly put, impractical for many bands. The Seers have taken this idea one step further and now have a small home studio they will be utilizing for all of their future recordings. “We will still be sending our recording away to be mixed and mastered, however, as far as the actual recording is concerned, we now have beefed up our home studio to accommodate us and any other artists we might use as session musicians on our tracks.”
The spring and summer months in Northern Colorado have always been full of (sometimes naive) enthusiasm for the season. People make plans, get excited about projects, and usually never follow through with them due to any number of reasons. When talking to The Seers, however, I do not get the sense that these are idle springtime fantasies. The Seers are speaking from a place of realism. Judging by their determination in the past, I anticipate only growth over the next festival season and beyond. We at Scene are excited to see what The Seers will bring to the table with their collaborations and contributions to the community over the next few months.
May 6: Ptarmigan
May 8: FoCo Farmer’s Market
May 14: Drake Rd. Farmer’s Market
May 19: Chipper’s Lanes
May 21: Larimer Cty. Farmer’s Market
May 26: Illegal Pete’s