Marsicans, Ten Tonnes, Stereo Honey… 2017 hasn’t been short of sky-scraping indie-pop purveyors. Add London-based Sea Girls to that illustrious list; a band making waves and winning hearts with their infectious ditties.

The quartet already have an arsenal overspilling with arena-ready anthems, and brand new single ‘What For’ is their latest rousing rock nugget. Stuffed full of fidgety licks, earworming vocal hooks and strutting percussion, it straddles the gap between Sundara Karma and The 1975.

With the single out now, and ready for your listening pleasure below, we caught up with the newcomers to get the skinny on all things Sea Girls.

‘What For’ is a hook-packed gem. How did the track come about?

“Thanks. We were in a rehearsal when Rory, our guitarist, showed us the riff that we built upon and eventually became ‘What For’. The riff had quite a melancholy mood to it, and we played on that theme of feeling unsatisfied when writing the lyrics. It’s an example of the right conditions making something come with ease from all of us.”

How did Sea Girls start out?

“We all knew each other at school, but were split between two different bands. After one of our bands lost the drummer to a Psychology degree and the other to an Art degree we joined forces and formed Sea Girls.”

What inspired your name?

“When Rory first heard ‘Water’s Edge’ by Nick Cave he thought the lyric “city girls” was “sea girls” and wondered what “sea girls” were. When it came to talking about names he brought it up and we liked how it sounded.”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

“I’d say The National and the Killers are big reference points for us at the moment. Also, since her first Jools Holland appearance, St. Vincent has also been an influence on my delivery. We’ve all remained big fans of Britpop-era Oasis too.

Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?

“There are a lot of good bands out there right now, including YONAKA and BLOXX. We haven’t played with this band yet, but Otzeki are incredible live.”

And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Sea Girls?

“We are recording our next EP and rehearsing before Christmas for our warm-up shows and tour. We are recording our next EP in December and will be rehearsing for our first UK tour happening in February. Writing never stops, so that’s gonna be cool over Christmas too.”