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MP3 Seymour - Many Faces

Seymour lays out a melodious, vocally powered alternative retro-rock banquet of many tastes and textures. You''ll probably hear the influences of rock legends rooted in the 60''s and ''70s, but you''ll soon see it''s distinctively Seymour.

14 MP3 Songs
ROCK: 60''s Rock, ROCK: Roots Rock

"Many Faces" alludes to several things: the many head shots taken for
the album packaging, the variety of musical flavors present, and the
assortment of talented contributors to the content of this project.

We especially appreciate the participation of Mick Austin and John Ryan
(members of the original 1969-72 Seymour Rock Orchestra and Freak
Circus). That is one of the beautiful things about this band - the
enduring friendships and close-knit relationships that allow these
magical musical moments to materialize. We hope you enjoy them.


Allan Gunter: guitar, percussion, vocals
Jim Badenoch: drums, vocals
Jerry Noyes: bass, vocals
John Dalrymple: keyboard, guitar, vocals
Seymour Lovejoy: guitar, vocals

With special appearances by:

Mick Austin: lead vocal (Bound for Glory)
John Ryan: add''l drums (Happiness Blues), guiro (All Natural Radio)
Rolf Sieker: banjo (Wooly Band)
Trey Carskadon: blues harp (Dreams That Things Are Made Of)
David Chris: alto saxophones (Happiness Blues, Tightrope)

Produced by John Dalrymple and Seymour Lovejoy
Mixed by John Dalrymple
Mastered by Kevin Nettleingham

Love Seed Records


A review of Seymour''s "Many Faces" CD
By S.P. Clarke

From the September 2003 Issue of Two Louies Magazine (Portland, OR)

Many Faces - Seymour
Love Seed Records

Seymour are a bunch of old guys who were integral parts of the Portland
(Oregon) music scene in the ''60s and ''70s, before placing their band on
hiatus for twenty years, until the early ''90s. They recorded an album in
the mid-''90s, this is their second venture since re-grouping. And while
the average age of the five band members is easily mid-fiftyish, there
is one thing that is plainly evident on this fourteen song album: these
guys still write interesting songs and command the chops to play circles
around the majority of bands in town.

John Dalrymple and Paul Stanton (who goes by Seymour Lovejoy in the band
context), two of the band''s chief songwriters, founded the original
Seymour in 1969; playing important gigs in the seminal Portland club
scene. Both went on to play in a band called Smoke in early ''80s. It was
there that Dalrymple and Lovejoy met up with bassist Allan Gunter, who
had spent the ''60s with the local legends such as Mr. Lucky and the
Gamblers and Wrinkle (who cut an album for Imperial/UA in ''69; which was
produced by none other than our own Buck Munger).

Here, Lovejoy, Dalrymple and Gunter are joined by Jerry Noyes on bass
(Gunter now mainly sings and plays the guitar, or the congas- and is the
third of the band''s three resident songwriters). Noyes joined Seymour in
1970 when Dalrymple was drafted. He had earlier played with the Warlocks
in the ''60s, before being drafted himself. He returned when the band
reconvened in 1991. Drummer Jim Badenoch first joined the band in 1991.
So, in that regard, he is a relative newcomer.

Here, the band are joined by guests, vocalist Mick Austin (who wrote or
co-wrote three of the songs played here) and drummer/percussionist John
Ryan, both of whom were original members of the band- as well as three
other musicians who play on a song or two and help to fill out the sonic

Seymour''s style is generally pure, driving rock ''n''roll; although, with
four songwriters contributing to the project, there is a lot of variety.
But the music is comparable to, yet distinctly different from, Little
Feat, the Sons of Champlin, the Doobie Brothers, post-Jerry Dead, Warren
Zevon, a few ''60s and ''70s British bands, and a folk/rock/funk/soul
sound that was uniquely indigenous to the Northwest (well, north of San
Francisco, anyway) in the ''60s. It''s not as if these guys are complete
dinosaurs, their sound is relatively modern, adult contemporary stuff;
but they have absorbed a lot of music across five decades and it can be
heard in these songs.

Dalrymple''s "Why Not" is a fast moving freight train of a song, with a
funky r&b sensibility that calls to mind World Party, besides some of
the aforementioned. And his "All Natural Radio" is kind of a Brewer &
Shipley sort of number. Lovejoy''s "Dreams That Things Are Made Of"
resonates of Supertramp, with synthesized keyboards setting the scene.
Gunter''s "She''s Gone" calls to mind latter day Steve Stills, a
straight-ahead folk rocker with a memorable chorus; with some tasty
guitar licks thrown down along the way.

The band moves into a reggae setting for Austin''s "Boomerang" which has
a slight B-52s edge to it. David Chris'' knockout sax section on
"Tightrope" takes the bluesy, funky r&b tune to a higher plane.

The funky feel continues with "Watermelon Day", a good-time song, also a
little reminiscent of Brewer and Shipley at the vocal end of things.
Austin''s "Wooly Band" features a banjo and displays touches of country
inflections, ala Little Feat or New Riders of The Purple Sage. "$21
Dollar Phone Bill" borders on early Steely Dan blues/funk, with a large
dose of that regional ambience alluded to earlier. "Happiness Blues"
hits the genre head on, with horns a-blaring. "Wow" sounds sort of like
Devo meets Wall Of Voodoo over at the Knack''s house. Oddly interesting.

Mick Austin adds a certain Tommy Heath (Tommy Tutone) quality to the
vocal on "Bound For Glory" a song which easily could have been a hit
(like "Jenny, Jenny") in 1981. "Day Of The Girl" percolates like a
Police meets the Cars groove before evolving into something closer to
latter day Iron Butterfly or Electric Flag- an interesting combination
of textures, there.

Seymour are a throwback, but not entirely anachronistic. In essence,
they draw from a palette of styles that have crystallized over the past
forty years. While the band may not have the youth to win over the MTV
crowd, they have the talent to entertain just about anybody else.


Music for Food - Food For Thought

Seymour will donate $1 of the proceeds from each copy of "Many Faces"
sold on CD Baby to the Oregon Food Bank (https://www.tradebit.com).
For every dollar donation, Oregon Food Bank can collect and distribute
$10 worth of food to individuals and families in need. Please join us in
the fight against hunger and poverty. Thank you!

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