“If I’m up there singing about someone losing their job and nobody’s buying it, then why am I doing it?” asked Forte favourite and local musician Nathan Seeckts. “If I don’t believe in what I’m singing, how the hell is anyone else that’s watching or listening going to? That’s a thought constantly in the back of my head.”
Nathan is a natural born storyteller inspired by the likes of Bob Seeger, Tom Waits and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. “These tales come from where I live, the place I call home…” As a Geelong native, his lyrics echo themes felt by all in the community – pride, love, loss, hope and resilience.
Music has been an important part of Nathan’s life for as long as he can remember: “I’ve been playing in bands since high school; shitty high school bands, that sort of thing,” he said with a laugh. “Then in my early twenties I played in a few punk bands, and the last four years I’ve been doing solo stuff.”
Having built up a solid following on his own back, Nathan decided it was time for a change. So he put down his beloved acoustic guitar, picked up an electric and called on a few mates. “I managed to rope a few guys into playing with me,” he joked, “and let me tell you, they’re really bloody good at what they do! But I always knew that, and we work so well together.”
Introducing the Dead City Lights – all established and talented musos in their own right, they are: guitarist Chris Black (who can also be heard on Nathan’s latest EP Oceans of Women and Wine); Steve Dunning on bass; and fellow Geelong resident drummer Mark McLeod. “It’s been a really quick transition. We’ve only been jamming together since March this year, but I couldn’t be happier.
Nathan Seeckts and the Dead City Lights have a few shows on the horizon, but their first ever official gig is at The Barwon Club tomorrow night. “We’re planning to possibly do a live recording at this, our first ever gig.”
In a night of firsts, the setlist will feature two songs he wrote specifically for the Dead City Lights on electric guitar, as well as tracks from his previous solo EPs (Oceans of Women and Wine, Deviation Road and Demolition) played with the grunt and power of a full band behind them. Also on the bill this Friday the 13th is local lad, singer songwriter Jordan Riddle, and folk punk three-piece, Fear Like Us.
So don’t miss the chance to support these incredible local acts – and while being entertained you can also do your part by supporting a local not-for-profit organisation. This was taken from Nathan Seeckts and the Dead City Lights’ Facebook page:
“At our Barwon Club show, we’re going to have a collection tin on the door to try and raise some money for Cottage by the Sea Queenscliff. This amazing charity aims to empower disadvantaged children, by supporting them in developing their self-esteem, health and well-being. Stop past the desk, spare some money and take a look at some of the amazing work that they do.” – Nath, Mark, Chris and Steve.
When&Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – June 13
Written by Natalie Rogers