||Do It Yourself CD (1997)
Seahorses music CDs After the long-overdue breakup of The Stone Roses, all eyes were on guitarist John Squire, whom many saw as the driving force behind the band. Squire eventually resurfaced as guitarist with the Seahorses on their debut album, DO IT YOURSELF. Seahorses singer-songwriter Chris Helme is an engaging vocalist, singing with clarity and sincerity (two qualitites not exactly in abundance in The Stone Roses). Bassist Stuart Fletcher and drummer Andy Watts give Squire solid ground to stand upon and plenty of room to work. And work he does, playing off every melodic turn and rhythmic break, filling his compositions with the chiming arpeggios and long, snaking leads which made the Stone Roses legendary.
Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy), a distinguished figure in British pop history, brings his own powerful vision to DO IT YOURSELF. He Gives the album a huge, classic-rock sound, but also contributes unusual instrumental touches (Mellotron, tambura, Theremin), as well as some inspired string arrangements.
Import pressing of their 1997 debut album for Britpop act featuring ex-Stone Roses' guitarist John Squire. 11 tracks including, 'I Want You to Know', 'Blinded by the Sun' & 'Suicide Drive'. Universal.
Recorded at Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, California.
Personnel: John Squire (guitar); Tony Visconti (tamboura, Mellotron, Theremin); Lili Hayden (violin); Andy Watts (drums, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Rob Jacobs.
Recording information: Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: John Dunne; Pennie Smith.
The Seahorses: Chris Helme (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Squire (guitar); Stuart Fletcher (bass); Andy Watts (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Tony Visconti (Mellotron, tambura, Theremin); Lili Hayden (violin).