A B and the Sea


Koley O Brien (Vocals, Guitar), Joe Spargur (Guitar), Troy Lawton (Drums), David Hunt (Piano,Vocals), Ben Laatsch (Bass, Vocals)


Sunshine-tinged surf pop. Discography to date includes Simple As Seagulls and Constant Vacation


We’ve all made New Year resolutions which we didn’t keep – although thankfully for music fans everywhere, Wisconsin-to-San-Francisco emigrants A B And The Sea have faithfully kept together since their formation on January 1st 2008.

“Zac and myself both grew up in a small town called Winneconne, and Joe grew up in Milwaukee. I met Joe in college,” lead singer Koley revealed to Stranger Dance, going on to explain the decision to move out to San Francisco. “It was a tough decision for us to make, but with our contacts growing along with the buzz of our band, we packed up our van and headed for San Francisco, a city where hopefully we would have ongoing opportunities to get our music out to more and more people.”

With a roster of influences that encompasses Paul Simon. The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Shins, Brick and Ryan Adams, their carefree vibes have seen them gather an ever-increasing fanbase. The pop sensibility of those artists is evident in their songwriting approach, as Kaley explained to Broke-Ass Band: “I wanted to write songs that to the listener are very simple. Lyrics are made up of words. Words are made up of letters (or “the ABCs”). But within our simple songs and our simple name, I like to throw in subtle intricacies that if we do our jobs well, the listener won’t even be able to notice. And that is the “Sea.”

Having shared stage time with acts like Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Tokyo Police Club, Freelance Whales, The Fruit Bats, The Submarines, The Morning Benders, Fitz and The Tantrums and The Miniature Tigers, they’re gathering a great amount of respect from their contemporaries – a notion which the band are all too quick to reciprocate.

They’ve also recorded at San Francisco’s legendary Different Fur Studio, under the expert tutelage of both Chris Chu (The Morning Benders) and Eric Frederic (Wallpaper). These sessions resulted in their well-received first album ‘Simple As Seagulls.’ “It’s a journey through life as a relationship,” Kaley told Stranger Dance. The initial care-freeness, the trials we face that build up our walls, and the common thought that in the end everything’s gonna be all right. Lyrically, musically, and stylistically, we hope our listeners will feel a sense of relation and connection with this record.”