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Seas Of Mirth
Hark! The Headland Approacheth
I'm Not From London Records
Review by Lee Blackstone


Describing themselves as "a sort of truncated nautical B-movie featuring a cast of characters raided from Hollywood's worst costume department," Seas of Mirth are a band of merry pranksters sailing the 'pirate folk' subgenre. Pirates perhaps themselves the ultimate subgenre and pirate-related themes crawl from the seaweed in metal bands such as Alestorm and Swashbuckle, and folk-rock oriented bands such as Galleon Blast, Captain Bogg and Salty, and Pirate Jenny. Seas of Mirth do the developing scene credit on their second full-length album Hark! The Headland Approacheth.

With a name like Seas of Mirth, you can bet that you are in for a light-hearted romp. But what gives Seas of Mirth extra sea-cred is that they have the musical chops to combine all kinds of genres: prog, folk, rock, punk, gypsy and latin rhythms all collide in one joyous mess, and sometimes, all in one song. The bass is fat, and the drumming turns on a dime. Songs such as "Mutiny," "Bamboozled by Booze," and "Brandywine" are full of foot-stomping earworms that appeal due to the sheer charisma of the Seas of Mirth crew. Mandolins, violins, and accordions carry the day, while at times the pump organ lurks underneath the melodies, breaching the sound in pure '60s garage-rock style.

And can you go wrong with an album on which a whale sings a paean to its plankton lunch? I think not! Seas of Mirth also occasionally features a gent dressed like a crab that attacks the crowd: which makes them 76.8% greater than Jethro Tull. This is the kind of ridiculous that, mark my words, is going places. Lee Blackstone

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