John: Our record on the one hand is quite varied, on the other it's fairly basic. We wanted to capture the sound of a new band and essentially the things we were hearing in rehearsal. Basically the live sound of the band enhanced with a few overdubs and the strings, which Tony Visconti did. He wrote them on the keyboard and put them in the computer until the string section arrived. They have very strict union regulations. They could only work on three tracks in a row and for a certain amount of time.
Chris: We criticised the arrangements however and had our input there. It was a little bit overdone in the beginning actually.
How will they compensate for the string section when playing live? Use keyboards?
Chris: No, no keyboards. Hopefully when we will get big enough we will at some time be able to afford a string section. I don't like the idea of trying to copy string sections. Even if you got a mellotron in the background it's cheesy as well.
John: The songs work without strings in the first place.
How will the songs change when being played live?
Chris: There's so many introductions which work on the record that don't work live because of the length of it. We do a jam a bit when we play live.
There's "Love Is The Law" on the record which has got some sort of jam section in it.
John: It grew out of a jam, yeah. But when we went into the studio we only had a rough idea of how it would turn out.
The Seahorses songs are quite complex - though they might seem simple.
Chris: They are interesting to play.
John: We didn't try to make it difficult, just interesting. For instance: I used to use reverb as a cloak. But I found that it was getting in the way, a hinderance. Maybe that was got to do with becoming a better player - I don't know. I got bored with endless layers and reverb and stuff like that. I used different guitars, though. I think I have become more flexible. That maybe to do with the fact that I'm meeting different musicians. When I played with the Stone Roses, it was them exclusively. And it broadens your horizon to work with other people.
Chris: John's songs are quite hard to sing, though, because he writes as a guitar player. It's difficult breathing in between them, because there's so many words and although you have to be quite gymnastic with the vocal chords because he writes the melodies on the guitar and a guitar has got a fretboard like this. I like it though, because it's challenging. He's made me a better singer than I'd ever been.
What exactly is their aim as musicians?
John: I would like to be the biggest and the best. Conquer America and reconquer England.
Chris: I want to be as successful as I possibly can get.
Wow. And earn a decent amount of cash on the way?
Chris: It's got nothing to do with money. I'm an applause junkie. And I think that's what counts.
Fair enough. The Seahorses will play a small club tour in autumn and some festivals. And it is fair to assume that they will reach their goals - within the limitations that the current situation allows. After all there's a new Oasis-album coming and with their style of music The Seahorses rival Oasis more than any other band...
[Erstveröffentlichung im Baby Talk-Fanzine #11, August 1997]