Larry Seaman, Resurrectionist. For four decades, a welcome constant in Austin music has been that Seaman will always have quality new songs at the ready. Frontman for proto-new-wavers Standing Waves circa 1980, he’s fronted various bands since then (Last Straw, Violet Crown, Seaman’s Quartet), some leaning more toward edgy rock, others more acoustic in nature. Resurrectionist covers the full run between those bases, bound together by consistently brilliant songwriting. “Long Slow Fade” and “Coming Around” are emotionally powerful, guitar-driven panoramas that anchor the middle of the record, while “Things Shouldn’t Be This Way” and the closing “Spring Comes” connect with a lighter touch. A revealing cover of Lou Reed’s “Venus in Furs” is the lone non-original here, but the most welcome inclusion is “Only Memories,” an instantly memorable pop gem written with Standing Waves bandmate Bruce Henderson that dates back to 1982 but somehow had never seen the light of day before this.
–Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman
“The years have given his music a rich patina, imbuing it with grace and truth while keeping the edge and quirk ever present.”
–Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicl
“Retaining aural edginess, a one-time rebel matures –singing with sweet clarity about small and beautiful things with Hemingway succinctness.”
–Kim Longacre, musician
Larry Seaman is an Austin based singer-songwriter, guitarist and assemblage artist. He is the founder of Standing Waves, a seminal force in Austin’s punk/new wave scene at Raul’s, Duke’s, Club Foot, and the Armadillo World Headquarters. His musical style is guitar-driven, melodic rock that is a product of Austin and Texas. It’s American music, with obvious British and New York influences, and ranges from psychedelic rock to gentle ballads to catchy pop songs. Larry performed a single release show, featuring “Gravedigger,” at the One-2-One Bar, exhibited his assemblages at a pop-up art show at the Davis Gallery and recently released his new album, Resurrectionist. He will continue the celebration with an in-store performance at Waterloo Records, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 5:30pm. Randy will also be exhibiting some of his assemblages at this event.
Resurrectionist was recorded at Ron Flynt’s Jumping Dog Studio, and was co-produced by Larry and Ron. Musicians on the album include: Ron (organ, piano, synthesizer, harmonium, and bass), Walt Wilkins (vocals) and Mystiqueros Ray Rodriguez (drums), Bill Small (bass & vocals), Corby Schaub (guitar), as well as Lisa Gamache (vocals), Jon Sanchez (guitar on “Gravedigger”), Eve Monses (guitar on “Strings Attached”), Dana Myzer (drums on “Miss Universe”), Whit Williams (guitar on “Miss Universe”), and Julie Carter (cello on “Things Shouldn’t Be This Way.”) The album title came about after a conversation that Larry had at an art show at YardDog Gallery, which included Jon Dee Graham and Jesse Sublett. The art show Birds, Bears, and Bones featured their paintings and Larry’s assemblages. Larry said, “I learned the word resurrectionist from my friend Jesse. Discussing my use of objects from the past, particularly bones, he told me that in the days before medical research on cadavers was approved (legal), medical scientists acquired them through whatever means necessary; that is, graverobbers.They were called resurrectionists.”
Larry grew up in Abilene, and the biggest influences were radio, church, the West Texas Fair, and family that loved music. His younger uncles played in bands in the sixties, covering the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Animals. “They’d set-up in the living room when we’d visit them in Sherman. My grandfather would pound on the mantle and yell “Beat it out!” while my sister was coerced into dancing along in her white go-go boots. That was big for me, seeing people I knew playing, rocking out. I realized, “I could do that.”
When Larry was 13, his family moved to Austin and he began to explore art, music, and poetry. He studied English, Art, and Philosophy at Texas State University. Seaman dropped out after forming Standing Waves. The Waves released a few records, toured, opened for Blondie, U2, Psychedelic Furs, and the Pretenders, and eventually moved to New York City. Seaman returned to Austin in the late '80s, completing his degree in English, then teaching for 10 years. During that time, he began making assemblages, explorations into the spirit of things. His work has been featured at Davis Gallery and YardDog (Austin,) on the East Austin Studio Tour, and at Luanem (Albuquerque.) He continues to write, perform, and explore.
Larry is inspired by “nature and the realm of the senses, music, art, books, film, science, the Surrealists and the Beats, Love and Death. I appreciate curiosity, profound insight, and a clever turn of phrase.” Some of his favorite writers and musicians include George Saunders, Russell Banks, William Gibson, and Raymond Chandler; The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Radiohead, David Bowie, Brian Eno, XTC, and 70s New York new wave/punk rock.
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