“Our band name was a Facebook poll, if I remember correctly. Like, is this a cool name?’ and I think people said no, but then we decided to take it anyway,” laughs Justin Murry, bassist, and vocalist of The Seafloor Cinema.
The Sacramento-based band continues to do what they think is cool regardless of internet approval, and even doubled down with a sophomore album called The Seafloor Cinema, out now on Pure Noise Records, that “really feels like us … we (wrote) for us and let it be that way. We left very happy,” Murry says. “This record was on purpose.”
The band’s amalgamation of genres, with elements ranging from Midwest emo to math rock, to pop-punk, and everything in between, might just be the band’s most ambitious and authentic endeavor to date. The authenticity, vocalist/bassist singer Justin Murry says, comes from having no expectations when first going into the studio. The band’s main prerogative was simply to have fun.
When asked why the group decided to go with a self-titled name, he says the band wanted to get as literal as possible, perhaps best reflected with the cover, depicting an underwater movie theater with fish swimming around it. “The only issue we get with the name is that people are like, ‘explosives?’” mistaking Seafloor for “C-4.” “There’s no room for interpretation with the cover,” Murry laughs.
With the new record, Murry was able to work closely with one of his musical heroes: Beau Burchell of Saosin. Going into the collaboration, he was nervous about working with Burchell, because “you know what they say about meeting your heroes,” but was pleasantly surprised to realize that Burchell was down-to-earth. “We love him. He is the best dude,” Murry says. “The second we rolled up, he just gave us all big hugs. He’s a big, sweet teddy bear.” Most of all, Burchell understood the band’s intent for The Seafloor Cinema—both the record and the band itself.
The experience of recording the record also came with another surprise collaboration that Murry never dreamed would be possible.
“‘The Lesson (.44 Magnum)’ features Of Mice & Men’s Aaron Pauley,” he notes. Someone from the label mentioned to Murry in passing that Pauley would fit perfectly into the song and offered to set it up. “I didn’t know that was a possibility, but absolutely if I knew that it was possible, I would have asked a long time ago.”
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