On September 7th, SEASAW will drop their new album ‘Big Dogs’. This Madison, Wisconsin duo and best friends have come a long way from several years ago, doing the things that a brand new act goes through. Work hard, experiment, and get to know what you are as a ‘band’.
But Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski, who first met as co-workers, have come through. And in 2018, with their new album slated to drop, it will be a new chapter for the duo.
Meg and Eve are very talented and imaginative. Starting from a more indie-folk-grassroots kind of basis for their act, they’ve progressed with each step to meld together even more of their real life experiences into their songs. A bit more ‘pop’ enters into the equation, but this is an enhancement, and not a detriment, by any means. The tool belt for telling their stories, through their music has lengthened and widened, for the benefit of us, the listeners.
‘Big Dogs’ is one of those examples.
The song was inspired by an incident on stage when another band ‘threatened’ them verbally and ‘intimidated’ physically by a band that was neck deep in misogynist anthems.
“At a festival that was running behind due to short change over times between bands,” explains Seasaw, in further explanation of the title track. “The group that was playing after us was impatient and came onstage while we were tearing down our own equipment. In front of fans, even a little girl that was waiting for an autograph from us, the lead of the band began to move our equipment without permission. When asked why he was being so aggressive and inappropriate in moving our gear he replied: ‘If you want to play with the big dogs, you need to get the fuck off the stage’. When asked to calm down, the lead of the band then used the word bitch etc. and repeatedly stated that we had to get the fuck off the stage. There were no stagehands or security to help us and we were unexpectedly thrown into a very hostile and scary situation in which there was a power imbalance that was not in our favor.”
“After this event, we kept thinking about the phrase ‘big dogs’ because it was so ridiculous, comical and ironic given the circumstances. When we realized that we could twist the phrase to convey a different and powerful message we decided that naming the album Big Dogs was a therapeutic way to rise above what had happened. The metaphor of the invisible dog leash which is the image on the back of our album cover is what a big dog is to us – someone who feels invisible, and acts out because of what they’re lacking.”
This isn’t an isolated phenomenon by any means in the world of bands doing their thing on stages across the world. But it’s personal to the people who go through these situations.
It was personal and hurtful to SEASAW. So, they wrote about it. In their own way, to bridge the gap of anger and of moving forward.
The ladies’ are busy this last third of the year with shows galore. See them, if you can.
08 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
20 – Des Moines, IA – Gas Lamp
21 – Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
23 – St. Louis, MO – Foam
27 – Milwaukee, WI – Company Brewing
28 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gallery Crawl
8 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
11 – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
13 – Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody