‘Does This Last’ is the fifth single released by Boo Seeka in the two years they’ve been making music; it came together almost on a whim one day in the studio, as one half of the duo Ben ‘Boo’ Gumbleton explains. “This song didn’t exist three weeks ago,” Ben says.
“We were working pretty solidly on three other songs for the first single and then I was sitting on the couch in the studio while Sam [Croft] and Ian [Pritchett, producer] were working on some beats for a song and I just started singing ‘why does this only last so long’.
“It literally just came into my head and they turned around and said it was a really good hook and I should go write something on that hook. So me and Sam finished in the studio for the day, went to the bottle-o and bought three bottles of wine, and then went to his studio and just started writing, whatever came out we went with it.”
The new song gives a sample of Boo Seeka’s highly-anticipated debut album and Ben assures us the wait will soon be over, if only they could stop writing new music. “I still can’t give the exact date but I can say it will be around July at the moment,” Ben says.
“The more we speak about it the more it’s looking like July. For me and Sam, we thought the record was done around September last year, then we went on a three-month tour to the [United] States and kept writing. I can definitely, 100 per cent say it’ll be this year.”
Before we get the new record though, Boo Seeka are embarking on a national tour throughout April and May in support of the ‘Does This Last’ single, including a slot at BASSINTHEGRASS in Darwin. “We love festivals,” Ben says, “they’re amazing and you can play the set differently sometimes.
“BASSINTHEGRASS is such an amazing line-up and I’m looking forward to being part of that epic line-up, because there’s a lot of bands I haven’t seen live on that bill. As soon as we’re done I’ll be there with a bottle of wine enjoying it myself, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
With a handful of singles, new, never-before-heard music and maybe a surprise or two along the way, the ‘Does This Last’ single tour is shaping up to be a real treat for audiences. “They’re definitely going to get the taste of some new songs,” Ben says, “like a sneak peek of what’s going to be on the album.
“Whether we play all of the album or only some of the album I can’t give that away yet, I don’t know myself to be quite honest. They’re going to hear the songs they know because we love playing them and experiencing them with them, but we’re definitely going to be road-testing some songs on the record.
“We’ve got lots of ideas of what we want to do, so maybe a couple of shows might see some special guests or some kind of over-and-above things of what we usually bring to the live shows, so we’ll see what happens.”
Boo Seeka ShowsFri 7 Apr - Manning Bar (Sydney)
Thu 13 Apr - Transit Bar (Canberra)
Fri 14 Apr - Corner Hotel (Melbourne)
Fri 21 Apr - Woolly Mammoth (Brisbane)
Sat 22 Apr - The Gum Ball (Central Coast)
Fri 5 May - Jack Rabbit Slims (Perth)
Sat 6 May - The Prince (Bunbury)
Sun 7 May - Clancy’s (Dunsborough)
Fri 12 May - Fat Controller (Adelaide)
Sat 13 May - The Sandbar (Mildura)
Sat 20 May - BASSINTHEGRASS (Darwin)
Sat 27 May - Big Pineapple Music Festival (Sunshine Coast)