- 19 Sep 2023 6:43 AM
The songs of Wonderland transport us to an emotional, dream-filled world, which we can travel to on 15th November in Dürer Kert. Hope requires courage.
The band's new album Wonderland has both qualities. The new album is the culmination of Jack Sedman and Harry Draper's work over the past two years, taking the listener through the band's story: from heartache and loss to the joys of love and new life.
"This is the project we are most proud of," says Sedman. - "It's the one we've invested the most in and the one we're most emotionally connected to." The new album is like a story of darkness turning to light, with space for some truly uplifting songs alongside the sad ones.
The story of Seafret began at an open mic night where Jack Sedman and Harry Draper heard each other play and liked each other's performances so much that they ended up making music together. They moved from their hometown of Bridlington to London, where they released their first album, Tell Me It's Real, with the help of a major label.
Their song Oceans quickly became a fan favourite - featuring a video with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams - and has since been played over 170 million times on Spotify. But despite their success, the band felt it was better to take matters into their own hands and moved back home, leaving their label behind.
Although many people told the guys that they had missed their chance, Seafret proved them wrong: their second album, Most Of Us Are Strangers, caught the attention of The Times, who praised the duo's quality songwriting and full sound.
The band's tour took them to Budapest, where they presented their new album to a nearly sold out show, but three shows before the end of the tour, life came to a standstill due to Covid and the boys were forced to return to their hometown. It felt like everything was starting from scratch again. "In a million years, I never thought I'd end up here," says Sedman. For a long time they just waited. "It can be very traumatic" recalls Draper.
"You get into this dark space. But we were just trying to keep writing nonetheless, and we were never really as productive as we were during the lockdowns. We're very proud of these songs". While making Wonderland, another unexpected thing happened to them during this period: they suddenly noticed that an accelerated version of Atlantis from their 2016 debut album was being spread on TikTok, amassing 1.7 billion views on the platform and over 400 million streams on Spotify.
The band didn't even have a TikTok profile at the time, so they were surprised when they suddenly found such interest.
With the birth of Wonderland coinciding with Draper and Sedman starting a family with their partner, the songs gradually lead from darkness to light, showing the remarkable talent of the guys as they immerse themselves in the full spectrum of human emotion. Join us on this wonderful journey on 15th November at Dürer Kert.