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Having received critical acclaim for their 4-song demo EP,
Seer set about to record a proper full-length. Fucking A it came out incredible.
Progressive alternative rock smashed somewhere in between such groups as Muse and
Tool. Huge vocal melodies that boast a range that rarely is found in rock acts, let
alone ones that are from Long Island. Seer's songs are rife with gut-wrenching
harmonies, devilish hard-edged rhythms, and a catchiness fit for an arena. Pick it up.
Teigue from Aural Fix
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What do you get when you form a band of members whose
influences range from Radiohhead and Jeff Buckley to A Perfect Circlele and Tool?
And what happens when you combine the sound of these bands into one powerhouse?
You get the interesting, eclectic sound of Long Island's own Seer. Consisting of
four members, Eric Zirlinger (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Michael Denton drums),
Wayne Silver (lead guitar) and Komsic (bass), Seer offers a sound rich in its
influences yet unique in its delivery.
With the release of their four-track, self-titled EP in 2004, Seer has been
making a name for themselves both on the Long Island scene and nationally.
Along with playing numerous local shows, they've opened for national acts such
as, The Sleeping, Revelation Theory, and Vaeda. Their music has been played on
the former 92.3 K-Rock and they placed first in the Rockout Productions' Battle
of the Bands in August of 2005. So, what is it about Seer that makes them so
notable? Why should music enthusiasts stop and take notice?
When you hear a band like Seer, your first instinct is to be a bit
skeptical, in the sense that that there is no denying the musical influences
that have helped to shape their sound. But what stands out so remarkably about
Seer is the way they've combined the diverse sounds of their influences. Eric
Zirlinger's voice has a range that goes from Thom Yorke beautiful to Chris
Cornell powerful. When you combine Zirlinger's vocal abilities with the equally
captivating and polished musicianship courtesy of Denton, Silver, and Komsic
you get a sound that is definitely a welcomed breath of fresh air. Seer's sound
is unique, it is heavy, it is emotional, it is beautiful, it is atmospheric,
but make no mistake; it is their own. Seer doesn't rip off their influences
rather, they have found a way to honor them by taking the best that each have
to offer and delivering it in such a way that makes even the most skeptical
listener stop and pay attention.
For all who miss the substance, creativity, and originality that was
the staple for the majority of the bands from the nineties, here comes Seer
to revitalize your interest in today's music. With the release of their first
full-length album "2020", on Tinari Records, Seer is currently touring the East
Coast in support of the album. They were due to perform on The Warped Tour in
Camden, Scranton, and here at the Nassau Coliseum until their performances were
regretfully cancelled at the last minute due to circumstances beyond their control.
The next upcoming show they have is at Skate Safe in Old Bethpage on September
23rd. You can check them out at myspace.com/seer and www.seerband.com where you
will find a list of all upcoming shows as well as a link to buy "2020". Seer is
definitely a band worth checking out and worth all the praise they will undoubtedly
receive in the future.
Hefflon from Lollipop
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This demo/EP/whatever sat around, cuz it looked
like a burn, no cover or bio, and to hell with bands too lazy to give
their fans a neat package for their hard-earned money. But fuck me raw
if being a judgmental prick doesn't sometimes bite my ass. Seer rocks.
The guy can sing, belt it out, warble and waver like Muse and The Sheila
Divine/Dear Leader, and musically, the band back him nicely, not showing
off, not sucking so his voice is unsupported. But honestly, the music
is unobtrusive, as it should be, because what we're waiting for is the
vocalist to warm it up and let it soar. Burn or not, demo or not, this
thing is worth finding and making a part of you.
Mike SOS from: Skratch
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Pristine and refined, Seer is a Long Island
rock outfit whose four-song endeavor is heavily influenced by Brit rock
such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, and Ash. With a shimmering lead vocal
leading the textured amplification, Seer shift between sinewy rhythms and
sonic symphonic passages with grace and ease, especially on “Watching the
Sidewalks”. Creating an elaborate aura thanks to well-manipulated guitar
sounds, rounded out by hypnotic bass and drums, Seer’s output merges elegance
and agony in a way that is both engaging and enlightening.
[Editor's Note: Skratch Mag had no rating
system, but we got 4 Lightning Bolts from Ear Candy (out of 4) :) ]
Lisa Landy from: The Record (Five
Towns Music College)
SEER - You Can't Just See It, You Need To Hear
It To Believe It -
In the often-stagnant rock scene where bands
are killed off before they can evolve into anything different than a mere
replica of their influences, Seer is a breath of fresh air. While offering
sounds similar to that of Radiohead, Tool, and A Perfect Circle, Seer remains
unique to its own sound, one that could very well make the world stand up
and take notice.
After listening to their demos, I was pleasantly surprised by the band's
ability to fuse melodic rock with something hard enough for the most metal
of music fans to enjoy. Vocalist Eric Zirlinger is able to unite soulful
melodies with that of modern rock vocalists who scream to get their point
across, particularly prominent in the song "Watching the Sidewalks." Also
one cannot miss hearing the remnants of early-90's alternative vocalists
in his voice.
The band as a whole is able to create an ambience that is reminiscent of
an Audioslave, but capitalizes where that band falls short. Critics have
commented on Audioslave's inability to really capture a listener's attention;
Seer commands it. Seer involves their audience by taking them along for
a ride of musical mastery, including a dominant bass section and squealing
rock guitars. "Drown" is one such track in which the drum-and-bass sections
take over and force the listener into submission.
While music fans will immediately notice Seer and the talent they possess,
commercial music junkies won't be able to prevent singing along to the catchy
hook of "This is Really Happening." The power and tonal quality behind the
lines "God made me this way" leaves a lasting impact on the listener that
serves to make them want to hear the song just one more time.
Seer is, without a doubt, one of the best bands to come out of Long Island
in years. See for yourself at www.seerband.com
Steve-O from WrankMusic
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Sometimes bands that you hear so much about
just continuously slip under your radar. Enter: Seer. Every so often, I
hear their name come up in conversation about Long Island bands who are
actually doing something new and different, and I just graze mentally by
them. Well, that all changed with J's band list. I finally got a good listen
to these guys, and contacted their manager right away. I needed to hear
more of what they were doing.
When I first heard the first few notes on this demo, I was thinking that
they were going to sound like something out of Tool's book. Maybe something
like A Perfect Circle. But the more I engulfed myself into their music (the
spacy, then hard, then spacy again guitars; the intense, but orchestral
vocals), the more I realized that these guys were coming pretty close to
what bands more like Radiohead are about. As a matter of fact, one way to
describe what they're doing a little bit more accurately (especially in
the song Trip the Lung) would be Muse an octave lower. Maybe after a bar
brawl, or two.
Songs that build and build in thundering crescendos only to take us back
to the start at the beginning of the next track. Back at the very ground
level of their musical intensity. But while they are not necessarily playing
their music heavily, they are definitely laying it on emotionally, and atmospherically.
There is very little about this band that comes off as subtle. Everything
is immediately recognizable and deliberate. Our tempo will change here.
You will pay attention to this. Even in the titleless third track
which runs for 53 seconds, there is no way you can ignore this, just like
there is no way you can ignore an air raid siren (which isn't very much
of a far cry away).
Watching the Sidewalks comes over as the most spacy of the quartet of songs
that they have on this disc. Completely capable of holding your attention,
whether they are screaming in your face, or ambling coyly around the edges
of the room, these guys have completely mastered the art of music as a full
landscape. Not one channel goes to waste, and it is damn near impossible
to not want to hear what they are going to be doing next, whether it's within
the boundaries of a particular song, an album, or the band's career.
Pay very close attention to these guys in the future.
Kevin Nolan from Under
Issue #84, Pp 47&48
Seer (www.seerband.com) Smart music from Long
Island. Seer can't help but be compared to Muse or a more rocking Radiohead
-- which is certainly no insult. Influences like those can leave room for
a band to sound really "off" because their influences are so musically precise,
but Seer play like a polished band though they haven't been together for
an incredibly long amount of time. "Trip the Lung" is catchy and a bit off-centered,
but at the same time poppy without following a predictable song structure.
This is definitely modern Brit-Rock influenced, but certainly worth your
time and attention. Long Island comes through with some interesting and
promising music. -KevTV
Dan Brown from Goodtimes
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EP serves as a crash course in Seer 101, as within seconds of the disc's
spin the listener gets a clear picture of where the band's roots are planted.
The stomping rhythm section of bassist Paul Komsic and drummer Mike Denton
set the course on "This is Really Happening." Wayne Silver plays a very
smart lead guitar, using his notes sparingly and playing for the mood
rather than for pure effect. However, if there is a single instrument
that defines the Seer formula it is within the vocal chords of singer
and guitarist Eric Zirlinger, a frontman who pushes his voice in directions
that evoke emotions that span from anger to dispair.
There is a heavy serving of blind energy within the band that is most
evident in "Trip the Lung", where Zirlinger's over-the-head howl goes
face to face with Silver's Edge-like styling.
The third selection is an untitled 51-second experimental instrumental
that takes us into "Watching the Sidewalks." This grunge ballad offers
us another shade of the band and features Zirlinger in a rise and fall
vocal that is a bit of Vedder meets Morrison. Silver works the pedal for
a psychedelic space mood that turns to strict power chords by the song's
climax, and the boys borrows a page from The Beatles' "I Want You (She's
So Heavy)" for the ending.
Seer is a band with a well-defined direction and a sound that will surely
move people, both on record and live."