The Seymores – Treat Her Like a Show Cat

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist

Undoubtedly among the more obscure bands whose work I own, the Seymores came out of Richmond, Virginia in the ‘90s, and were not able to capitalize on the alt-rock boom or the support of Cracker’s David Lowery (even though the entire band appeared in a tv commercial for Dockers pants). Main members David Fera and Joe Nio were constants in the Seymores’ short life, which included debut album Piedmont (mixed by Don Fleming) in 1995 and follow-up Show Cat (co-produced by Lowery) in ‘98. Nio is now a marketing and design executive; Fera continued making music under various guises.

What I Think of This Album

The Seymores fit nicely into the Pavement/Sammy/Cracker aesthetic, with songs often employing a snarky, smart sense of humor. This is a nice slice of indie rock that may not change any lives but will be a very enjoyable listen

The circular guitar lead of “The First Lady of Delaware” propels this unusual and funny tale of romantic obsession. In 1998, the governor of Delaware was Tom Carper and his spouse was Martha Ann Stacy, who was in fact, as the song indicates, born in North Carolina; assuming she was close in age to her spouse, she would have been about 50 at the time of the album’s release.

The band indulges in some new wave synth work slightly reminiscent of the Rentals on the propulsive “Personal History.” “Dissolve” sounds like it should have gotten some play time on alternative radio, mixing a tougher sound with a decent melody. Thick opener “Sicker Than You” is another highlight. “Aft to Forward” does the quiet-loud thing pretty well and ably communicates desperation. “Compton” is nicely tuneful.

The moody and tom-heavy “X-ray” is a refreshing change of pace and hints at depths that the band could have plumbed more. Similarly, it takes a little while to get there, but closer “The Buses Are Running” develops into a very pleasant song.

Otherwise, Waffle House hash browns are obliquely referenced (“Scattered, smothered, and covered”) in the somewhat ponderous “$2.75.” The Seymores are capable of getting loud, as they prove on the abrasive “Sublease You.” “Courtin’ Days” sounds like one of Cracker’s more country-adjacent songs. “Sole of Your Shoe” is similar to Pavement’s straightforward moments.

David Lowery guests on unspecified songs and he co-produced with John Morand (who worked on Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven albums).

The Best Thing About This Album

“The First Lady of Delaware” is unique – funny, unexpected, catchy, and memorable.

Release Date

May, 1998

The Cover Art

Boring but also I am consumed by the thought that this is Delaware.

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