The Sea Dragons are really the story of one man’s creative vision. Darryl Thurston, the band’s singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has emerged as a creator of infinitely catchy yet substantive pop/rock, rooted in the classic style of the 60’s and ‘70’s but with a contemporary power and edge that makes it sound fresh and new.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Darryl grew up with the sounds of AM radio, with artists like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Three Dog Night leaving indelible impressions upon him. He began playing drums at the age of nine and his aunt, a backup singer herself, whose house was constantly filled with musicians and artists, continually turned him on to new records and new artists. At 14, Darryl got his first guitar and a 25-cent chord chart and began to get into 70’s guitar heroes like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, David Gilmour. In his mid-teens, Darryl re-located to Tennessee, where he started playing in cover bands, playing everything from hard rock to top 40. At 21, Darryl moved to New York in order to join the thriving hard rock scene and with his band, Band of Thieves played the key clubs, Limelight and the Cat Club, earning many positive notices in the press sharing the cover of “Metal Studs” magazine with Motley Crue.
In the ‘90’s Darryl began working as a session guitarist for the top studios and jingle houses in New York. His work has been on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, ESPN, etc. and his guitar could be heard blasting through the speakers at Madison Square Garden when the NY Knicks came onto the court. He also played for a while with The Boomdogs and shared the stage with artists such as Johnny Thunders and the Spin Doctors.
Like many artists, Darryl turned his interests to other forms of expression. As a video editor he worked on the award winning documentary film “Power Trip”. Darryl put the guitar down almost completely to edit while also taking up amateur astronomy and painting. But after a few years without making music, he came to realize that he couldn’t live without it, and began writing songs again, and once he started writing songs, the Sea Dragons were born.
Darryl’s multi-instrumental talents lend themselves to the capabilities of modern home recording and in recording his new music he comes alive. As he explains, “I love the process of making a song into a record. Once I hit the record button, I feel free. I always liked the Brill Building technique where you take the best song you can write and turn it into a great record. When I write and record in that fashion, the results are amazing.”
You can hear those results in songs like “Sweet Delilah.” Over a Byrds-y guitar riff and dreamy organ, Darryl tells the story of the girl you think has it all, but no one knows what her life might really be like, that pays off in an instantly unforgettable chorus. Darryl declares, “I’m most proud of that one. I was strumming the guitar in the key of G, and out it came, first I had the chorus, and then the verses. I recorded it that weekend. When it was done, I thought it was the best pop/rock song I’ve written. I set the bar for myself” Other standouts include the garage-rock feel of “Stop Draggin’ Me Down” and the poetic and hopeful tone of “Come September.”
With Rob Ritchie on bass and Justin Greville on drums to provide live support, Darryl is out to take the Sea Dragons as far as he possibly can. “I want to get my music out to as many people as possible,” he states. “With the web, people of all ages all over the world are contacting me to tell me that my music has affected them; it’s given me new life as a musician. You have to be what you are, and I breathe music. It’s what I am. Now it’s time to set sail.”