Seymore Saves the World
Label: Royalty Etc.
Release Date: April 13, 2007
Every generation has a hero…a champion of the people who like Atlas, balances the world upon his shoulders to keep our dreams in the sky from crushing our hopes on Earth. Enter Seymore. Think he’s up to the challenge?
Although he’s been around the Minneapolis scene for years with his Seymore Saves the World project, Scott Hefte (, Superdanger) is just now getting around to putting out a record.
With bassist Shawn Neary (formerly Tapes ‘n’ Tapes) and drummer Michael McGregor rounding out the trio, it’s Hefte who’s our savior in this story.
At 28 years old, Hefte’s voice has a boyish, teenage quality that when paired with songs about the stuff that probably irked you in high school (just look at the song titles: “Team Player,” “Track Star”), is reminiscent of his principal influence — mid-90s Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen).
Our favorite track is “5-4 Jam,” which odd time signature, well placed f-bombs, a catchy keyboard riff and a climaxing sing-along chorus.
Retro-keyboard-driven and poppy has hell, Seymore Saves the World’s self-titled debut is a 12-track reminder that someone in high school probably remembers you, wrote a catchy pop song about what you did and is going to make money doing what they love while you work in a cubicle.
Seymore Saves the World : “Red Wing” (mp3)
Seymore Saves the World : “The Night” (mp3)