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Take 10 with Seabird’s Ryan Morgan

3 Mar

Let me get something out of the way—my interview with Ryan Morgan of Seabird is not at all fair and balanced.  Since I heard band’s debut album, Til We See the Shore in 2008, I’ve been a Seabird mega-fan.  Naturally, I was very excited to talk to the band’s guitarist, Ryan Morgan (big bro to lead singer, Aaron) about their latest album, Rocks Into Rivers, hear about the crowd synergy at the live show, and the band’s upcoming tours with Sherwood and NeedtoBreathe.  Dubbed “the most approachable band in the world,” Seabird is one of those bands that’s not only good on stage, but they’re good guys, too.

For more information on Seabird, head on over to seabirdmusic.com and you will find album, merch, and tour information as well as all the band’s social networking info. Also, check out Backseat Writer’s other Seabird coverage.  You can download a copy of “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” from Backseat Writer here.

Christmas Un-Wrapped with Seabird (Video)

23 Dec

Instead of answering the question for Christmas Un-Wrapped the “normal” way, brothers Aaron and Ryan Morgan of Seabird decided to go high-tech—they recorded their answers.  Since a little effort goes a long way with Backseat Writer, Seabird has been given the distinct honor of ushering in Christmas with the final unwrapping of 2009.

Seabird’s sophomore album, Rocks Into Rivers, just hit shelves and digital retailers on Dec. 15, which makes it a perfect last-minute gift or way to burn some of that Christmas cash from grandma.  As a special Christmas present from Seabird to all of you, you can download “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” from Rocks Into Rivers here (this will take you to an external link).

You can also pick up Seabird’s Silent Night EP which offers the band’s unique versions of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.”

Random aside:  Methinks that Aaron is wearing the same shirt as in this photograph I snapped of him at Revelation Generation—what do you guys think?  Don’t you love to know that artists are real people who wear their clothes more than once?

Seabird answered each question with a separate video, explanations of the clips are underneath the “watch” boxes. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  Seabird made Backseat Writer’s Christmas.

Aaron Morgan, lead singer of Seabird, answers BSW’s question, “Tell me why your sophomore album, Rock Into Rivers, would make the perfect gift for music fans.” Notice the appearance of random guy in the window on the right.

Ryan Morgan guitarist for Seabird answers BSW’s question, “Did you score any good deals on Black Friday? Is it a day of great deals or terrifying chaos?” And then his brother Aaron interrupts. Also, there’s a special visitor in the window on the right.

Ryan answers BSW’s question, “Did you believe in Santa Claus as a child? How did you find out he wasn’t real?” Apparently, Ryan remained a Santa devotee until his late teens.

Aaron tells a spirited anecdote when asked by BSW to “Describe a Christmas catastrophe.”

Ryan answers BSW’s question, “What’s your fave Christmas song/Christmas movie or cartoon/Christmas cookie?” I get the idea that his brother, Aaron, likes A CHRISTMAS STORY.

Brothers Aaron and Ryan share their New Year’s resolutions and perform their own version of “Yo Ho Ho” from DC Talk. I think they should stick to their own songs. Merry Christmas!

Free Song Download:: “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” – Seabird

13 Nov

Seabird is back with a new single entitled “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” which hit all digital outlets November 3. The track is pulled off of their sophomore album, Rocks Into Rivers, which releases on December 15. And now you have the chance to download “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” here!

A follow up to Seabird’s 2008 critically acclaimed label debut, ‘Til We See The Shore, Rocks Into Rivers features top-notch production by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Sixpence None The Richer) and Matt Hales from Aqualung. The band split its time between Ocean Studios in Los Angeles and The Smoakstack in Nashville, honing what brothers Aaron and Ryan Morgan are calling their most exciting project to date.

Cincinnati-based Seabird comprises brothers Aaron (vocals/keys) and Ryan (guitar) Morgan as well as Preston Lane (drums). The band signed with Credential Recordings in late 2007 and released its debut label project,‘Til We See The Shore, June 24, 2008. A collaborative effort with producers Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Switchfoot) and Allen Salmon (Mute Math), the album received phenomenal national publicity, featured on episodes of “Numb3rs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and promos for ABC’s 12-time Emmy-nominated series, “Pushing Daisies.” The band was also recognized by its hometown as “Artist of the Year” at the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and toured with artists including Barcelona, Meese, and Jars of Clay throughout the spring and summer of 2009. (Read Backseat Writer’s interview with Seabird’s Aaron Morgan, “Seabird Sees The Shore“!)

LISTEN TO AND/OR DOWNLOAD “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” BY SEABIRD HERE! (This will take you to an external link.)

Seabird Sees the Shore

30 Jul

By Amy Sondova Many albums deal with complicated subjects, whether they are personal struggles, bittersweet memories, man’s attempts to understand God, or the complexities of relationships. Seabird tackles all these issues head-on with their debut album, Til We See the Shore (Credential) released in late June (read review). Hailing from Cincinnati (the Kentucky side) the Morgan brothers Aaron (vocals/keys) and Ryan (guitar), bassist Chris Kubik, and former drummer Aaron Hunt had an atypical beginning.

It all started when Hunt, the band’s co-founder, heard Aaron tickling the ivories on his father-in-law’s grand piano. “He approached me and asked if I wanted to start practicing some songs in his basement,” shares Aaron. “He was playing guitar and I was playing piano; it sounded horrible, so he switched to drums.” Adding in bass player Chris Kubik and a guitarist gave the piano-rock outfit a more solid sound.

However, Seabird experienced inner turmoil when their then-guitarist became dissatisfied with the direction of the band. Inspiring the bittersweet song, “Let Me Go On,” Aaron says, “It was definitely a difficult time because he was a friend of ours. It started as a friendship; it didn’t start as a band thing.” The song itself is about the power of a great song, shares Aaron, who says either the audience loves the music or not, but struggles for power often destroy great music. Aaron’s brother, Ryan, joined Seabird’s line-up two years later.

Right now, the band is looking for a drummer. They are currently using the talents of three different drummers to fill in for summer shows. Aaron Hunt left the band three weeks prior to lead singer Aaron Morgan’s interview with Backseat Writer. “It wasn’t a band situation; it was band timing,” shares Aaron, who was sad to see his friend leave. “We love him. We’re still friends and we support him in his decision.”

Despite these changes, Seabird has impressed audiences with a decidedly Britpop sound that also makes use of heaving guitar hooks, strong rhythms, and a solid piano/guitar base. The band’s first single, “Rescue,” co-written with Bear and Bo Rinehart of NeedtoBreathe, is resonating with listeners. “I felt like everything good I was trying to do was ending up in failure and only God could turn it into something beautiful and life-giving,” says Aaron, who then continues, “The chorus is calling out to God as rescuer. I know many times in my life I’ve felt like I’ve had no way out.”

The power of a song like “Rescue” isn’t solely for Christian audiences. “I have friends that aren’t Christians and it’s their favorite song. I think there’s something really ironic about that. Whether they hear the Christian message or not, they know what it’s like to feel defeated and the need to be rescued.”

Aaron also sees Seabird’s music as a chance to cross-over the great divide between Christian and non-Christians with the universal language of music. “Growing up in church, we would never turn our backs on the opportunity to play for a Christian audience. We’ve got such a responsibility to share the love of Christ with others. If we have a tool like music that can build relationships, I want to do that,” remarks Aaron.

By being approachable, Seabird wants to connect with others musically and personally, says Aaron, “The vulnerability of our songs gives listeners an open door into our lives. That’s something we take very seriously.” The band also strives to share songs that tell about real experiences, even if they are humiliating. Aaron draws much inspiration from his love story with a young woman, Celeste.

When Aaron wrote “Stronger” for his childhood sweetheart, he was only 17. “I wrote that before I was in Seabird or even before I thought about playing it for anyone. It was a way to get my emotions off the chest.” Knowing that the timing wasn’t “right” to confess his loving feelings to Celeste, the girl next door, Aaron poured his thoughts into songs.

After spending a year and a half at college and then getting in involved with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), Aaron serenaded Celeste with a special song written to celebrate her 20th birthday. “That’s when she knew I loved her,” shares Aaron, who admits that was his most nerve-wracking performance. “I waited my whole life to tell her that I loved her.” The couple married a year later, and now have a beautiful three year-old daughter, London.

“Being a boyfriend and being engaged are very different from being married,” explains Aaron as he talks about the album’s angriest song “Cottonmouth” (Jargon). “You have a lack of authority, but when you’re married you have the right to step in and protect your wife when there is an abusive or destructive relationship present.” The culmination of the song (and the story) is a celebration at the severing of a difficult, controlling association.

The melancholy ballad “Falling For You” is a softly romantic song Aaron wrote to comfort Celeste, who was grieving her parent’s divorce after 30 years of marriage. “Once I got married, I took on a lot of her hurt and abandonment and disappointment, and that’s what this song is about—finding refuge in a new love and a new family,” shares Aaron.

The album is also about finding refuge in God, in the belief that there is something worth fighting for, and an indelible hope in the spirit of man. The album’s title track beautifully sums up the entire album says Aaron. “I get this imagery of a ship full of sailors that get caught in a terrible storm. They’re nearly at the point of defeat and they decide that they’re going to fight for their lives against this storm.” That is, until they see the shore, a place of safety.

While it may seem that Til We See the Shore solely deals with heavy themes, there’s the marvelously upbeat “Maggie Mahoney,” a song about a girl who love to dance, but can’t seem to relate to others outside of dance class. “A couple of people have asked if Maggie Mahoney was an ex-girlfriend, but that’s definitely not true,” laughs Aaron, who then elaborates on the song. “We’ve actually never met Maggie, but we know about her from a friend who was in a dance class with her. He said that when they were in class, she was a lot of fun and had a great personality, but outside of class, she has a hard time being normal.” The real Maggie Mahoney has never heard the song or of the band, Seabird, for that matter.

Still, there are plenty of others who have been moved by the band’s lyrics, rocked out to the music, and found inspiration and hope in “Rescue.” As Seabird continues to play with their friends NeedtoBreathe, The Myriad, and This Beautiful Republic, they will instill the hope that the shore isn’t that far away.

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