The members of the Olympia, WA-based quartet Seapony can trace their origins to a couple of rather ironic circumstances and perhaps one or two incidents of fate. Primary songwriter Danny Rowland is originally a drummer, from Oklahoma, who met Ian Brewer (bass) when Rowland answered Brewer’s ad seeking a drummer. In 2001, the duo of Rowland and Brewer relocated to Olympia but in 2004, while Rowland was on a trip to Cincinnati, he missed his return flight back home, and decided to answer Jen Wiedi’s (vocals and guitar) ad seeking a drummer. Rowland and Weidi felt in love and the couple spent several years in Ohio before eventually returning to Olympia.
Rowland and Weidi quickly recruited Rowland’s old bandmate Brewer and started writing material with a vintage drum machine. With the release of their first two albums Go With Me and Falling, the then-trio received both national and eventually international attention for a sound based around simple, catchy melodies with elements of shoegaze and surf rock. And with a growing national and international profile, the band wound up touring across the US, UK, Continental Europe and Japan – as a result, the band, which was primarily a studio recording project forged a live sound. Eventually the drum machine was replaced by Aaron Voros (drums) and the band went through a gradual change in sonic direction, as their material began to posses a greater emphasis on live instrumentation.
In 2012, the band went on an unscheduled hiatus and in they spent writing and recording material, eventually amusing enough material for their third and forthcoming full-length effort, A Vision, which is slated for a July 31 release. “Saw The Light,” the first single off A Vision reveals a band that has refined their sound – the material still possesses a relatively simple yet catchy melody but the material has a studio sheen, as the guitars shimmer and chime in a way that’s reminiscent of Johnny Marr’s legendary work with The Smiths, paired with four-on-the-floor drumming and Weidi’s ethereal vocals floating over the mix. And although the song is a breezily summertime track, at its very core is a melancholy wistfulness – the sort that comes from the realization that someone you thought was great for you, really wasn’t; but you also manage to bring up the strength to move on and forward. Sure, it’s a familiar formula of the gorgeous yet sad summer song but there’s a reason why it’s so winning – it evokes something truly universal.