Released on January 28 th of just this year, Seeing Double released their first single Leah (along with its B-side Don’t Wait), and it did not take long for the song to gain traction, garnering over 400k streams in just a month. The song was prominent in TikTok and Instagram, and now has over 3 million streams on Spotify. And with the release of their fourth song, Bygones, last month, Seeing Double has become one of my favorite bands to listen to.
Seeing Double is a NY-based band formed in March 2021, comprising of Allie Sandt on vocals and bass, Ali McQueeney on vocals, Dylan Travison on drums, and Mike Aaron and Zach Torncello on guitar. The band has influences from the 70s such as Fleetwood Mac and ABBA mixed with more modern indie influences like Hippo Campus, and the mixture of all different kinds of inspiration creates a unique sound for the band.
Leah was the first release by the band, the title itself being a reference to 70’s rock songs with female names as the title (such as Derek & the Domino’s Layla or Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon and Sara). The song is filled with mystical instrumentals and twin harmonies that make the song the perfect debut for the band, showcasing their sound and lyrical prowess to the highest extent. Released alongside Leah is Don’t Wait, a simpler more rock-sounding song, though just like its A-side, it’s hard to resist getting up and singing along with the chorus.
This summer saw the release of Take It or Leave It, an up-beat rock hit that has every word hit hard no matter how fast. It’s a significant departure from the band’s first release, as they further define their sound, but it is just as easy to listen to over and over on repeat.
Their latest song, Bygones, which released last month, expands what it means for a Seeing Double song to sound like, and it might just be the best one yet. Starting with a slow piano solo before a strum of a guitar transports the listener to the dark vibe of the drums and vocals which persist throughout the verse. As the drumbeat and vocals continue, other sounds are meticulously thrown into the refrain, building up to the chorus. Everything from the Clue-inspired cover art to the harrowing guitars paint the song to be a noir-thriller of a song. It did not take long for the song to reach the top of my most listened to tracks of the month. With each new song, Seeing Double further makes a name for themselves and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.