Indie folk-pop band The Sea The Sea embraces the future


PITTSFIELD — In 401 B.C., while escaping their enemies in Persia, 10,000 Greek troops spotted the Black Sea from the top of Mount Theches. It was a sign that they were nearing safety. "Thalatta! Thalatta!," they yelled — "The sea! The sea!"

This cry of joy, captured in Athenian writer and warrior Xenophon's "Anabasis," or "The March Up Country," is more dramatic than the moment that united Chuck and Mira Costa, founding members of The Sea The Sea. But the two musicians were enduring their own "tumultuous" times when they met at a music festival in West Virginia, according to Chuck.

"I was on the verge of throwing in the towel," he said during a telephone interview before the duo's Saturday night show at Whitney Center for the Arts on Wendell Avenue.

His future wife was languishing in a desk job at the time. Their chemistry and need for one another was apparent.

"It felt like we both invigorated each other," he said.

Pleased with their vocal blend and collaborative writing, they eventually decided to form their indie folk-pop band. The group's first record, "Love We Are We Love," was released in 2014. The album's title track has gained some traction on streaming services such as Spotify, where it has been played more than 10 million times.

"We embraced the future, which is streaming music," Costa said. "It has leveled the playing field in some ways."

On June 1, the band will release its second full-length album, titled "From the Light." The Costas, who were married between LPs, bulked up their sound for the new record by adding Cara May Gorman (vocals, synthesizer) and Stephen Struss (drums). The Costas wrote songs for the album in late 2016. Politics was on the mind and, consequently, divisiveness. In "Everybody," for instance, the duo uses contradictions to try to forge common ground among those with different perspectives.

"Being honest and open and accepting people around you for who they are and listening to them," Costa said of the song's message.

Struss and Gorman have been touring in advance on the album's release, but it will just be the Costas in Pittsfield. Electric and acoustic guitar, along with some other instruments, are on the musical menu.

"For the room that we'll be playing," Costa said, "we decided to strip it down a little bit."

Benjamin Cassidy can be reached at, at @bybencassidy on Twitter and 413-496-6251.


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