Lou Hill acknowledges that Water Seed's upcoming Say Yeah!! Live at the Blue Nile -- whose rendition of "Messed Up" is premiering below -- is essentially "the live version of We Are Stars," the New Orleans funk group's 2017 debut album. But it felt like the right thing to do for a sophomore release.
"We had a great tour, great success with We Are Stars, and our fans really love the live show so we thought, 'Why not?'" the drummer tells Billboard. So shortly after the tour finished, the quintet lined up a home town show at the Blue Nile club and put together a crew to record and film it for the package. "When we're recording something in the studio we're thinking about, 'What is gonna make this a hit record?'" Hill explains. "But when you find us on the stage, our talent really shines. On the stage is when our individual personalities become one and you have all the little nuances that can create a total energy and vibe. We're from New Orleans, so we've definitely gone through the gauntlet of being able to perform many styles and really master your instrument and our craft.