Wide Sea is a London-based German four piece band formed by three brothers and their first cousin who have been performing together for years. Taking their name from American poet and dramatist Cale Young Rice’s Sea Poems, they relocated to the UK in 2009.
Tight three-part family harmonies, gorgeous sixties soul melodies, hooks-a-plenty and jangly guitars inspired by classic American pop of the early 70s, country folk and C86, but firmly implanted in today are the ingredients for their intelligent heartfelt brand of pop.
While Arthur – the oldest brother - and Patrick – the youngest - are sharing the frontman role, cousin & drummer Bart and bassist Paul also get a shot a singing lead along with producing sublime harmonies that have been compared to, amongst others, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and cite many influences including Big Star and R.E.M.
“Great pop groups like The Beach Boys had not only one lead singer, they were all singers and songwriters - you don’t get much bands nowadays doing that,” says Patrick. “Maybe it’s a family thing- The Everlys, The Staple Singers - it’s all family business.”
While the three Ralla brothers have been performing together for ages, Bart never played the drums before, but since he wanted to be in the band, he had to learn them from the scratch and after two months of practising, he got kicked on stage.
After leaving their small town outside Frankfurt, they situated themselves in North West London’s notorious South Kilburn Estate, where they lived together in a cramped room for a year simply because “we were broke and wanted to concentrate on music fully after leaving everything behind in Germany,” explains former philosophy student Arthur. “When you hang out together 24/7 there’s a lot of fighting going on, but we always knew we’re on the right way.”
“Being brought up in Germany we always felt like misfits, while other bands were playing teutonic rock, our hearts have always pined for American and British music and we’ve always felt that we were born in the wrong country, having no other choice then but to face west. Coming to London was like a revelation and we’ve embraced the city to the fullest,” says Patrick.
Days after arriving they started gigging on the London club circuit immediately and looked out for a producer to work with. Indie legend and former Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins was on their toplist so they just dropped him an email and Edwyn fell in love with their music.
“Edwyn knows how to write great pop songs and he got our music right from the very beginning, working with him was great,” says Bart.
Edwyn took the boys along with him on his European and US tour, where they got raving reviews from NYC to Brussels and after the tour, Edwyn decided to form a label around them, much in the spirit of Postcard Records.
“We feel proud to be part of this magical thing. We've got quite a journey behind us and it just feels right, being here,” says Arthur.
Their debut album ‘A Place To Call Home’ is out now on A.E.D. Records.
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