About To the Sea
-"Band of the Week", The Stranger, Sept. '09
-“Emotionally resonant indie rock is something Seattle does often and well. The same can be said of To The Sea. They're brand-spanking new, having formed in 2008, but the band already has a full schedule of gigs all around Seattle's most respected venues. They sound professional but soulful, ready to break into the big leagues any day now.” -seattleconcerts.com
"They opened like a hurricane, rocking the crowd with their sweet almost europop sounds. As I look to how the audience reacts it looks like everyone bobs in time to the music. It seems they’ve won over the crowd..." - From Makin Love to the Mic at The Mars Bar by Kate Sparrow - Seattlerepresent.com
Textural sounds, intricate song structure, and subtle juxtaposition define Seattle band TO THE SEA. Reunited in 2009 after a four-year hiatus, TO THE SEA consists of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Danny Payne, lead guitarists Brandon Smith and Jon Fickes, bassist George Samaras, and drummer Kyle Kamrath.
Within their limited tenure, TO THE SEA has established themselves as one of the hardest-working bands in Seattle. They’ve toured the Pacific Northwest, headlining such notable venues as Neumos, The Crocodile, Chop Suey, El Corazon, and the Columbia City Theater. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as Chief, The Globes, Spanish for 100, and The Tender Box. TO THE SEA’s songs have even graced the radio waves on 107.7 The End, who hosted the band at their Local’s Only show.
The band’s first LP, Circles, Patterns, and Wires was produced, recorded, and mixed by Eric Corson (Bassist, The Long Winters) at Electrokitty Studios, with additional production from Jack Endino (Nirvana and Soundgarden). Drawing inspiration from Brit pop and psychedelic rock, TO THE SEA seamlessly executes an energetic, unconventional sound that is both comfortingly nostalgic and refreshingly novel.