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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists that we have right here in the North East.  In today’s Doorstep Interview, we chat with dream pop band Seeing Hands, who have recently released their debut single, Treat You Right.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We are Seeing Hands, a five-piece dream pop band from Newcastle, although we’re based a bit further towards the coast at the minute.

What inspired you to first start making music?
Kev and Nick were regulars at the Surf Cafe’s buskers night, playing their own stuff individually. They started the band after deciding to give writing their own material together a go; in the early sessions they wrote and recorded Treat You Right, their first single.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
We love a lot of newer bands like Wild Nothing, Real Estate and DIIV, they’re particularly big influences on our music. But we also love a lot of the older stuff that influenced those bands, like New Order, Prefab Sprout and The Smiths.

How would you describe your sound?
We try to focus on writing good vocal harmonies, to give the songs a dreamy, atmospheric feel. A song for us will often start as just a couple of chords on an acoustic guitar and a vocal melody, then we’ll just build around it with melodic lead guitar and bass parts. We love adding different keys sounds as well, synths and organs. They help to fill the songs out and let them glide along nicely.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
There’s a lot of varied music styles in Newcastle, there isn’t one particular genre or style that really stands out to us as being the most popular, we’re just gonna do our own thing and hope it gets a good response. We’re good friends with bands like Them Things, A Festival, A Parade and The Great Curve, Steve and Nick having played with them before in High Tide 15:47, so we’ll probably play some gigs with them in the future.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
We’ve been writing and rehearsing pretty solidly for the past few months in preparation for our first gigs. We’re confident that people will respond well to our early shows though as a result.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?
We’re going to play our first show on Friday 18th March at The Tanners Bank, down The Fish Quay. Then we’ll be gigging round Newcastle after that.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
We were really pleased with the response to our first release, Treat You Right. A lot of people had good things to say about it. We were played on Amazing Radio and BBC Newcastle pretty much straight away too, which was great.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
Not really, we’ve not done much yet! Mainly just trying to get the sound right for when we start playing live, making sure we’ve got all the right equipment.

What else have you got planned for the future?
We’re going to record in February and those songs will make up our first EP. We want to play as many gigs locally as we can as soon as we’ve got started, then hopefully a tour of the country in the summer or autumn.

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