An Interview with 'SESPOOL'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Sean E. Sullivan - everything
How and where did you get together?
SESPOOL had its first proper release in 2019 but I've been playing in bands for almost 15 years. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
What are the band's main influences?
Classic progressive rock, modern trap, and alternative pop. Bands like Porcupine Tree, Mew, and Bat For Lashes fused with modern titans Juice Wrld and Travis Scott
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
Not as SESPOOL. In my last band Rin Tin Tiger we made appearances at Live 105's BFD, Outside Lands, and great venues all along the west coast.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
“His new single “Newsflash” represents this genre-agnostic moment in rap. The beat is recognizably hip-hop, but the guitars could come from a mid-1990s alt-rock radio ballad, and its ever-mutating hook of a vocal track could fit on a ‘60s British Invasion single if you swapped out the 808s for guitars and live drums.” – 48 Hills
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
This album was recorded and mixed in my home studio in San Francisco and mastered by Bill at Azimuth Mastering.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
I love trippy dreamy poppy music, trap production, and metal, so I tried to fuse them all together into an album that I feel like only I could make. I believe Pink Floyd is the greatest band of all time, so I tried to combine some of their aesthetic with the darker trappy sound from the last 5 hearts that I love, with a pop sensibility.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
The concept behind "before the fog covers me" is an impending feeling of dread and not understanding what's happening to your body, whether it be mental or physical. The project was started before the pandemic but a lot of what has happened in the last 6 months crept into the overall atmosphere. Whether it be political or social injustices or the feelings of a "wage slave" mentality where we tend to work ourselves into the ground, ultimately for nothing.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
The world has turned upside down but at least we have music. I've found myself turning to albums I loved 5 or 10 years ago as comfort during these troubling times and I hope that my music will resonate with someone in a similar way in the future.