HANGIN' OUT WITH SEA OF GREEN


THE HIGHWIRE DAZE INTERVIEWS

Updated: 05/05/01

HANGIN' OUT WITH SEA OF GREEN

Sea Of Green is stoner/classic rock from Canada and their music is a lot fun. Having recently toured the US (including a memorable show here in Hollywood), the band is going strong and is determined to take the party anywhere and everywhere. Highwire Daze became a member of the party, having witnessed the live show. An interview was conducted with bassist Eric Kuthe recently, so hang out, light a doobie and read on…

Highwire Daze: Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Sea Of Green and tell me how long the band has been together.

Eric Kuthe: My name is Eric, I'm the bass player/manager. My wife Melody and I have managed the band from the get go. We have our own company called Planet Music, which is a management company. The drummer Chris and myself have been friends for seven years. He played in a band called Kuthe, which is obviously my last name, with my brother and I. We were also a three piece. We released two albums through Meteor City on their website online store -there was no record deal or anything like that. We had a bit of a falling out - my brother and I - after years of nothing happening. Chris and I decided to move on, and we decided to run a couple of ads in the local free newspapers. Travis answered the ad, thank god! We auditioned a dozen guitar players before he walked through the door. As soon as he plugged and started playing, we knew he was the right guy. And that was back in July of 1999.

HD: So what is the music scene like in Toronto, Canada?

Eric: There aren't a lot of bands with our type of sound here. It seems like up here there's this kind of folky rock sound going on - you almost need a fiddle player in your band. There's a death metal scene here and then we have Sons Of Otis up here, which a pretty cool - they're a little more doomy. But there's not a hell of a lot going on up here in general.

HD: You recently did a tour here in the United States. How did that go?

Eric: It was fun. It was good. It was our first tour and we were a little concerned getting across the border. We'd heard a lot of horror stories, but I used my Jedi mind tricks and we got across in under a minute. They didn't even check the van, look at ID or anything. We went down on Halloween night, which was funny. And being our first tour and we're unknown, our booking agent thought it was be best to play with bands that were big in their own cities or territories. We weren't out on the road as a supporting act, which we plan to do on our next tour. The tour went good, but for being unknown, the clubs really didn't pump it up as much as I felt they could of. They didn't do the advertising that they would do next time we come around. The main thing we did was impress the booking agents of the clubs themselves and the owners. Everybody was floored. I was pretty happy by the response from people. We played a few shows were there were 300 people somewhere in Montana and we had 200 plus at Denver. We had big shows in New York and Hollywood. If there was anywhere between 10 and 50 people, they were all in front of the stage banging their heads - it was fun.

HD: I saw you out here in Hollywood. And I was wondering what your impressions were of Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Eric: Well, that's a funny story. The day before, we had left Arizona, and we had just gotten to the Sun in Costa Mesa and we thought it was going to be a lot warmer. But Arizona was a crappy gig. We got hooked up at the bar where it was the first Monday ever that they were having bands play. There were three people there and then the other bands. I got a little tipsy, shall we say. I got a little pissed off at all the other bands. There was two floors to the place and all the other bands were upstairs shooting pool while we were on. And I was drunk, saying, "Get your asses down here you bastards." But we all stuck around a drank a bit after. But I guess we were on a bit of a low note maybe from that. We hit Costa Mesa, we wake up at noon, go to the pool with a twelve pack of cans in the hot tub. Ended up hitting Newport Beach getting crocked out of our heads at this really fun bar. We just got so drunk and that night, it was the most drunkest show we had ever played in Costa Mesa. And our next show was the Hollywood show. We just basically woke up in a coma and drove up into Hollywood. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see the city or anything. We just pulled in and had to wait a ridiculous amount of time outside before we could load in. Did you get there early?

HD: Yeah! And it was really cold too!

Eric: Yeah, I imagine it must have been cold. But it was warm compared to Canada. But the door man wouldn't let us in, and I thought "oh god, is this what it is like?" You kinda hear about Hollywood bars and that potential attitude thing from the doormen. And it was kind of funny that we couldn't get in and set up. But it was a great gig. I met a lot of really cool people and it was a great vibe. But this first tour was kind of a whirlwind for me, especially the Hollywood part. The next tour I'd like to cut back on the drinking a little bit and enjoy the cities a little bit more. I enjoyed San Fran because I was sober the night before and got to walk around and see Chinatown, take pictures of Alcatraz and stuff like that.

HD: Your producer Nick Blagona has worked with famous bands such as Deep Purple and Nazareth and The Police. I was wondering what it was like working with him and what he brought to the music.

Eric: What he brought to the music, besides the fact that's he's a top notch world class producer - he gets great sounds and know exactly what you mean. But he brings the fun back to rock and roll in a lot of ways. He had an opportunity to party with some pretty interesting people, especially in that era - the 70's and 80's when rock was still fun. In my opinion, when grunge came in, it was the death of the rock star. Everybody was all sad - "Oh, I got big huge record deal! I'm a millionaire. I hate myself. Kill me." Nick's like "Fuck that, guy! Get the party going!" At The Chalet, our studio up here, we brought up 30 cases of beer. Things got so out of hand on our last night - we went through 2 forty ouncers of vodka in five hours between all of us up there. It was sick. I think the job of a producer - their role a lot of the time is like a cheerleader/motivator. They are there to pump you up to make you feel good about your songs and Nick is really good at doing that. He's cool.

HD: What made you decide to do a cover of the Pink Floyd song Breathe?

Eric: Eric LeMasters at the Music Cartel, once we got signed last February - he just said, "If you are interested, I'm putting together a Pink Floyd tribute album. And if you want to get on it, just pick a song." And we started thinking about all kinds of different songs. We tried that one and it just clicked. Nick really took to that song in the studio. We used 32 tracks on the middle part of that song. It's very true to the original version vocally and arrangement wise. But we almost combined the whole Dark Side Of The Moon into one song - it was almost a subconscious thing. Like there's no female singers on the original Breathe and we included a female back-up singer in the whole middle part. I'm glad we did it. We are all huge Pink Floyd fans, so it worked out really cool. And they are an obvious influence of ours.

HD: So all in all, where would you like the music of Sea Of Green to take a listener?

Eric: To take the listener on a spiritual journey to the deepest reaches of your soul. (Laughs)

HD: That's deep, man!

Eric: I kind of end up, strangely enough, writing a majority of the lyrics. We all contribute a lot to the band, but somehow it's like we'll have music done - I'll go home and the inspiration comes to me at the strangest points of time. I just try to be positive. I don't like to be preachy at all. A lot of my stuff is kind of cryptic. If I told you what half of these songs were really about, you wouldn't believe me anyways. But the beauty of art is that it could be many things to many people…

HD: Do you have any messages for people who might be interested in checking out Sea Of Green?

Eric: Yeah! Buy it!

Highwire Daze also encourages you to do the same. Time To Fly by Sea Of Green is on the Music Cartel label and now available just about anywhere on Earth.


SEA OF LINKS

SEA OF GREEN: Their official web page!
THE MUSIC CARTEL: The record label for Sea Of Green!
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