One of Australia’s most passionate and honest songwriters, Nathan Seeckts delivers music that is dripping with raw country truth. His songs could find him comfortably at home in any bar from Melbourne to Memphis.
In 2019 Nathan Seeckts released his debut album The Heart Of The City, an album that was nominated for Country Album of The Year at the 2019 Music Victoria Awards and which delivered on the promise of numerous live shows and a string of EPs across the preceding decade.
Of that first album, which received widespread airplay on Double J, Twang on 3RRR, ABCEvenings, Acid Country, Swinging Doors, 5 Feet High & Rising on PBS and The Outpost on 2SER, Americana website Post To Wire said "...across these ten tracks Seeckts consistently hits a fine marriage of high emotion, poetry and strong melodies."
The album led to Nathan being selected by Sounds Australia to showcase at AmericanaFest in Nashville, where he played to a sold-out crowd at the historic Bluebird Cafe, receiving a Queenscliff Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Grant and being recognised as an artist to watch by Saving Country Music.
Now, three years later, we get to hear the next exciting step in the evolution of one of Australia's finest alt-country songwriters.
'The Wildest Thing' is a stellar first single that immediately hits an alt-country sweet spot with twanging guitar and a wistful, rolling rhythm.
"This song is about the wildest girl that I ever met," Nathan reveals. You can hear that free-spirited seduction as he looks back in the ode to a youthful head-over-heels moment. "It was a whirlwind romance borne under neon and moonlight."
With Nathan's soulful growl and barrel-chested voice at the helm, the song tumbles forth on its glorious vocal and guitar melodies.
Seeckts returned to Union Street Studio in Melbourne to collaborate with producer Roger Bergodaz on this single and the forthcoming album, assembling many of the key players from The Heart Of The City sessions to help build upon the sound and energy he captured the first time around.
Seemingly hewn from Bellarine Peninsula basalt, Seeckts’ vocal is imbued with all the heart-worn grit of Steve Earle and the earthy delivery of Lucero's Ben Nichols and American Aquarium's BJ Barham. He can strip a song back to acoustic guitar and that show-stopping voice or lace it with ragged electric guitar and a rock-leaning rhythm section and find equal amounts of power and immediacy in the music. That range and duality is key to Seeckts’ world-class songwriting ability.