triple j fave Boo Seeka has announced a pulsing new single Finish What You Started, an electronic pop/dance track that transports the listener to better times, which is out now. Finish What You Started follows the sparkling, nostalgic Dream released late last year, and is another taste of the upcoming second album from Boo. After hitting the summer festival circuit over December last year and with For The Love set to storm the Gold Coast, Wollongong, Melbourne and Perth in February and March, Finish What You Started is the first new song from Boo Seeka for 2022.
‘There’s a miracle out there for the finding” – it’s the kind of lyric that sends goosebumps down the spine, particularly after the last two years of hardship and trauma. Finish What You Started is actually quite a motivational track, and not in a forceful way – gentle, persuasive and inspirational, Boo encourages the listener to continue the work, to continue chasing dreams despite how hard it can get. Evocative of early 2010s indies Two Door Cinema Club and The Strokes, smooth electronic beats mesh flawlessly with guitar and Boo’s stunning falsetto. It’s easy to imagine Finish What You Started playing on the stereo in the car on the way down to the beach during an Aussie summer. Boo answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the Finish What You Started?
It’s been quite the roller coaster for the last eight months and this record has taken a lot longer then I wanted to record. I’ve had all the songs for a while. It was just the recording process and obstacles that came up that has kept these releases not going out when I had originally hoped. So I am very happy to see FWYS go out into the world and can’t wait to put this one into the live set.
Was the process of making your Finish What You Started as challenging as you thought?
FWYS is an interesting one, because it was right in the middle of the writing process for the album. So to be honest, once I got the first little melody, Matt Bartlem (producer) really focused on finishing this one. So all in all, it wasn’t really that challenging, I was loving the whole process to be honest.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I never want to sound exactly like anyone else. I always want people to know it’s a Boo Seeka track when they hear it and have our own sound. But I definitely listened to a lot more music then I usually do when I record FWYS and the rest of the record. Each song was inspired differently and this whole album is more of a personal letter to myself where our first record was more of a travel diary of touring the world.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why? I get some Daft Punk vibes in that chorus!
Ooo such an interesting question because I don’t actively seek influences for my writing, I just write. However, for this upcoming album, and particularly FWYS, I was listening to a lot of Billie Eilish, Dido, Tame Impala, Glass Animals and of course Daft Punk.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Ooo this is a super interesting question, and one that suits this song perfectly. It would have to be “Always finish what you started” haha.
How did you start as Boo Seeka, can you give us a brief life story?
Alright, are you ready? Quickfire Boo Seeka life story below:
I wrote Kingdom Leader and I wanted the project to be a two piece. I then met Sam (first member of Boo Seeka) through my old manager and he joined the band two hours later after deciding to turn down another career opportunity. Kingdom Leader got added to triple j and we then got asked to tour with Kim Churchill. That was our first tour and basically didn’t stop for the next 3 years touring around the world and releasing singles and our first album. Sam left the band to pursue other career endeavours, and then Covid-19 hit the world. I’m now working with Jay Bainbridge as member #2 of Boo.
I can’t wait to get back on the road. Obviously it’s been really hard to do anything over the last two years but plenty of tour planned for this album and some overseas trips happening as well
What’s next for Boo Seeka?
Well in the first half of 2022 we have some more singles, a big time collab with one of our favourite Aussie artists, our second studio album will be released, and then we also have a tour planned. It’s all happening, but after the last few years, I cannot wait!!!
Getting through the last two years of cancelled or postponed gigs, and uncertainty in the industry, what got you through?
The basics really – having the ability to really lean into family and friends, write music and drink a fair bit of red wine have been the things that have got me through!
Interview By Rob Lyon