Seeker Lover Keeper originated, as many things do, from a conversation at a pub. In 2007, Sarah and Holly went to see Sally play a show in Sydney, and the three ended up at the Townie in Newtown after, drinking and talking well into the night. They were such big fans of each other’s music and, as they quickly discovered, they enjoyed each other’s company too. At some point during the night a plan arose: wouldn’t it be fun to tour together sometime? They all agreed that it would. And, in the coming months, over emails, the notion of a joint-tour evolved into something different. Sally suggested they should start a band. She even had a name in mind: Seeker Lover Keeper. Without hesitation, Sarah and Holly said yes.
In those early days, the three would get together and discuss songs and ideas for a sound, finding particular inspiration in an old YouTube video of Stevie Nicks singing Wild Heart, backstage in her make-up chair. They decided to write four songs each and bring them together to make an album. Arrangements were worked out together and, in many cases, they ended up singing each other’s songs. They recorded their self-titled debut in New York, with Jim White (Dirty Three) on drums and Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave) engineering. The record came out in 2011: it debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart and achieved gold accreditation.
Seeker Lover Keeper did two national tours after the album came out, often in fits of hilarity and neuroticism – the three share an affinity for nervous energy, emotional honesty and good humour. Their song, ‘Even Though I’m A Woman’, became somewhat emblematic of the album and would enliven audiences into unprompted sing-a-longs. Their live shows concluded with a set at Homebake at the end of 2011 and they returned, for several years, to their solo careers and lives: Sarah released three records, composed for film, television, and Sydney Dance Company, and had a son; Holly wrote two novels, released an album, and had a daughter; and Sally relocated with her family to LA for a time, co-wrote songs with several artists, released an album, wrote a novel, and composed for television.
A second Seeker Lover Keeper album was sometimes discussed, but for a long time it was an idea floating in the background of three busy lives. It wasn’t until 2016 that they decided to come together again.