Interview: Seahaven’s Kyle Soto Talks Making a Comeback Mid-Global Pandemic

Amidst the chaos of 2020, Seahaven returned with their highly anticipated, fourth, full-length record, Halo of Hurt, after what seemed like an eternity, finally released on November 20 via Pure Noise Records. 

After a long hiatus, including silence on most social media platforms, it felt as if this was the end of Seahaven. Vocalist Kyle Soto admits the band needed a lot of time away.  

“We played a few shows for fun, and it got the blood flowing,” he says. “We decided to just get in a room and see where we would take it without any pressure for a release. It was very refreshing, and we got to feel excited about the whole thing again.”  

The beginning of the comeback starts with Man Overboard asking Seahaven to join them on their 10-year anniversary tour. This sparked interest in Seahaven doing their own headlining shows following the fall of that year.  
“I was really feeling the nerves because it had been so long since we were out on stage, in front of people,” Soto admits. “I remember sitting with Cody in the green room and kind of tripping out. Then you hit the first chord, and all of a sudden, you’re back in your element.” 

Seahaven Halo of Hurt

The final stage for the band’s comeback was playing in Costa Rica—somewhere that Soto, who is half-Costa Rican, frequents. He said the show in San Jose finally completed the revival cycle for the band. 

After their six-year break, and with the help of Pure Noise Records, Seahaven not only made a comeback into the music scene, but completely blew fans away.  

“Some of these ideas took some time to come to fruition, so finally coming to a clear conclusion was very rewarding,” Soto exclaims. “[Pure Noise] gave us complete freedom to do whatever we wanted, and that’s pretty much all we needed.” 

Following their softer, more melancholy album, Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only, this record takes fans back to their earlier releases with heavier lyrics and a darker tone.  

“I would say it’s a very current version of all the movements we’ve been through as a band,” Soto says. “I feel it adequately touches on a lot of the key elements that make up our sound. There has been quite some time since the last one, so inherently it spawned a rather dark record.” 

With lyrics like “I don’t belong here was all that I said, spiraling downward I was out of my head,” Halo of Hurt is something fans can resonate with, whether it’s a feeling after a breakup, or feeling lost with the world. The title itself, Halo of Hurt, is described as a “blanket feeling” to Soto and the band. He said it “embodied a lot of the discontent and unresolved situations and relationships present on the record. There’s some underlying anxiety from coming up short after 2014.” 

Although this record spins rather darker than the previous one, it’s a true Seahaven album through and through. While the band can’t jump right into a tour Soto said the band has a few ideas up their sleeve, and recommends that fans listen to the record front to back in headphones to get a unique listening experience in the meantime.  

“I aimed for it to feel cohesive, so I feel a good start to finish in headphones can really convey the mood,” Soto says. “I have no idea when shows will be a thing again, but I know that everyone involved in live music from every angle will have a new-found appreciation for the live experience once people can gather again.” 

Listen to Halo of Hurt below, and pick up a copy and merch from Pure Noise Records here.

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