#ArtistTalk: Seven Spies ‘Chameleon’ is a Song That Adapts to its Listeners

With the hope that their music may connect with listeners, allowing them to make their own relationship and associations, regardless of the intention or creation, Seven Spies are unleashing their explosive sound.

Christina Jeter

Seven Spies fuses the best of rock bands such as Muse and Radiohead, while highlighting vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Bjork.

Billie Eilish’s use of intimate multi-tracking also makes an appearance throughout their music, along with the big riffs and fuzzy guitars of Rage Against the Machine and Jack White. Formed in London by childhood friends, Seven Spies are a three-piece band looking to infiltrate the ears of the world. Consisting of David Blomiley (vocals, guitar, piano), Olly Brown (drums, backing vocals), and an ever-rotating bassist taking the form of old band members and musical friends, you can expect to witness a healthy dose of melodic riffs and anthemic choruses.  

You just released your debut single “Chameleon”. How does it feel to get it out to the world?

It’s been great to release it, for us its been a long time coming and so nice to finally share something with the world and see a positive reaction to what we are doing

Tell us more about the meaning behind the track.

The song is about the different faces, personas, and behavior we have to adapt to survive everyday life. People are and have to be hugely adaptive in order to navigate the modern world, and I think a lot of the time that puts our guard up so we aren’t showing our ‘real’ selves, often with good reason.

Sometimes I’m not sure how healthy that is, and there is really a defiant statement that all these external pressures should never be allowed to become all-consuming as the song goes on. We do need to construct/ be different people at different times but at the core of any of those situations we should be true to ourselves 

Your music is inspired by a range of different artists, from Muse to Jeff Buckley and Billie Eilish. Is it important to you to not conform to any particular genre and explore a multitude of sounds?

I think you need to allow a song to become whatever it needs to become, and that doesn’t really lend itself to sticking to one particular genre… I mean yes we love to get the guitars out and rock out, but a lot of the time our songs start out on piano and they could go any way.

The main thing is to be true to the meaning and melody of a song and then you can have experimenting with how you want it to sound what you want to do with it and be inspired by anything and everything you hear that is inspiring.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Thom Yorke from Radiohead would be amazing as their music is so wide-ranging and groundbreaking it would be incredible to work with them. Although I’m sure Olly would say Muse so he could hear David and Matt having some ridiculous high note sing-off over a big riff.

We’re keen to hear more from Seven Spies. What can we expect from you next?

At the moment we are working on finishing some new songs and hope to have a couple more singles out this year and an EP, it would also be amazing to get out and start playing live again once it is safe to do so post Covid-19

Their highly anticipated debut single “Chameleon” narrates the different faces, personas and behaviour we put on to negotiate our daily lives in different situations and the pressure people place on themselves to hide their struggles and internal demons to the outside world. Sonically the chorus shows a defiance against these pressures, external and internal, saying in the end they won’t overwhelm or control who or how we want to be. Blomiley confides, “The subject of the songs seems to be stuff that has been bubbling away inside of me for a while that I need to get out. I find song writing massively therapeutic in a way.”