Q&A: Seaforth Shares the Story Behind Their Most Personal Song To Date, ‘Breakups’

Seaforth Photo by Robby Klein
Seaforth Photo by Robby Klein
Seaforth Photo by Robby Klein

February may be the month of love, but that doesn’t mean plenty of folks out there aren’t going through the ups and downs of a fresh breakup.

Luckily for those who are dealing with the end of a romance, Seaforth, comprised of Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson, released-released a deeply personal track appropriately titled, “Breakups.” The emotional song, which Seaforth wrote with Liz Rose and Cameron Bedell, marks the duo’s first release of 2021 and finds them blending harmonies to sing about the universally relatable topic of an ex who was also a best friend.

The self-produced tune also features the quirky Australian pop/country duo known for their light-hearted personalities showing a more tender side in contrast to what fans have heard with previous songs like, “Close Enough” and “Talk About.”

Seaforth recently caught up with Country Now to discuss their new music and what lies ahead.

Read on to find out more about Seaforth’s latest track, “Breakups,” and what else the duo has in store in this exclusive Q&A below.

How did “Breakups” come about?

Tom Jordan: We wrote breakups in Nashville with Liz Rose and Cameron Bedell a couple of years ago. The song was always special to us. We started posting snippets on social media and it would always get a strong reaction from our followers, so we knew it had to come out at some point. In quarantine last year, we started producing our music because it was easier given the circumstances, and breakups came about quite naturally. We outsourced some parts from super talented musicians in Nashville, Tenn., and Los Angeles pieced the rest together, and said, ‘cheers’. We are very proud of it and excited that it’s out in the world now.

Why did you decide to lead with this song for 2021?

Mitch Thompson: We’ve had the song for a while, and a lot of what we have released up to this point has been very upbeat and groove-based. This song is the rawest, and most personal song we’ve put out to date. We figured it was time we cover that base. It also comes from a very real place. I think you can tell that through the lyrics, and I feel like people can smell whether an artist is being genuine from a mile away.

Was “Breakups” written about anyone in particular?

Jordan: Yup! We have both sacrificed a lot in moving to Nashville, leaving our families, and leaving people we love and [leaving] relationships [too]. I had just broken up with my long-distance girlfriend of three years right before we wrote this song. So it was centered around that, but it was like therapy for both of us for different reasons.

How does “Breakups” compare to previous releases like “Close Enough” and “Talk About?”

Thompson: I feel like all these newer songs mentioned are kind of a sonic progression for us, each in their own way. We intend on evolving sonically. With country music at the core of our sonic and songwriting influence, we are having fun incorporating different influences of ours within that. Take each song in the direction that feels best for the song. ‘Breakups’ is more raw, and ‘live’ sounding. We’re always gonna have that influence in whatever we do.

What message do you want fans to take away from this song?

Jordan: Through posting and releasing this song, we have realized that breakups and heartaches are very universal. Everyone has their own story. We feel super lucky to be able to tell ours and have people listen in any way. So we just hope people can hear our story and relate to it in some way. The response we have already seen is amazing.

Talk about the concept for the music video for “Breakups”?

Thompson: We got together with our buddy, Jimmy Fisco, and shot four videos in two days. ‘Breakups’ was intended to be quite simple, given the nature of the song. Let the ‘performance’ element drive the video home. Essentially, Tom is drunk at a bar thinking about his ex, and Mitch is the musician playing at the bar.

A lot of your recent releases center around love and relationships. Is there a theme going on in terms of songs you’re choosing to put out?

Jordan: Haha, yup! I guess we just try to write about things that are relatable to us. Everyone loves love and it’s a universally relatable topic. I think the fun part about that is also finding unique ways to approach common lyrical themes. We’ve also been playing a lot of Call of Duty in quarantine. Maybe our next batch of songs can be about that.

Any other projects you’re currently working on that you can share with us?

Thompson: Haha yes. Some musical stuff, also we’re thinking of starting a podcast and talking trash for an hour each week.

Are you currently quarantined together, and if so, has that made working together easier or more difficult?

Jordan: We are. It’s funny, we’ve essentially been within arm’s length of each other every day for the last five or so years and somehow don’t hate each other. At this point, we are brothers. We can read each other super well and know when to give each other space. It helps collaboratively too as we can be pretty spontaneous when we’re inspired, as we’re mostly together all the time.

Should fans expect a full-length album from you this year?

Thompson: We have a bunch of songs we want to put out into the world, so we would love to. I guess we’ll see.

What benchmarks do you hope to reach this year?

Jordan: We just wanna continue to put out music that we love, that people hopefully love too. We wanna grow our fan base and when the world goes back to normal, play some shows again.

What should fans look for next?

Thompson: We have some videos coming out, some performance-based stuff… And obviously, we are working on more new music as we speak.

Fans can keep up with Seaforth on Instagram. The du also recently released a music video for “Everything Falls For You.” 

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