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Why have I never heard of this band before?
they recorded their last album in 1998?
Seam is often mentioned alongside other influential early 90's US acts such as Slint, Bedhead, Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo and Codeine.
If you want purchase some of their stuff, I recommend you do it in this order:
1. The Problem With Me (1993)
Driven and intense, it continues where their debut album left off but with increased dynamics between guitars and vocals, perfectly illustrating the start-stop style that is Seam's trademark. Dark and gloomy one second, brutal and blistering the next. Think Superchunk meets Mogwai. To be played at the loudest volume possible.
2. Headsparks (1992)
One of those classic debut albums that grab you on the first listen and only gets better over time. From opener Decatur to closer Granny 9x the guitars zoom past in a soft/loud/soft style coupled with intensely emotional vocals (without being 'emo') and outstanding drumming. The only minus-point is the low-budget production.
3. Are You Driving Me Crazy (1995)
Slightly more minimalist than its predecessors, this is still highly recommended album, and the addition of studio musicians providing violin and trumpet create unequalled beauty, even if it lacks some level of rawness.
4. The Pace Is Glacial (1998)
The most potent and least complicated record amongst their full-length output, this is where Seam rock out, and that special something they had before is somehow lost in translation. That said, I'm listening to it as I type, and the songs have stood the test of time without a doubt. But if you think this is brilliant you'll be blown away by the ones listed above.
5. Kernel (1993)
4-track EP released between Headsparks and The Problem With Me, featuring tracks from both albums. The one song which is unique to this release slowly builds up into a raging Slint-esque finale, but I think this is one for only the purists.
Seam released a handful of singles as well, and you may find the odd track on a 90s US independent labels compilation.
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Cheers for that, I'm going to hunt down all of their albums.
i thought this threa might be about the guillaume seam, needless to say i am very fucking dissapointed