Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ocean Encounters.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: So we started back in 2015. Our drummer (Quentin) had a live music bar which was awesome because we had a permanent rehearsal space. So one day through a mutual friend one of our guitarists (Greg) heads on over and they start jamming. They found another guitarist and a singer and started jamming. They started putting the word out for a bassist, and word got around to Pieter (the bassist). He was a teacher at the time and one of his last-year students knew Greg and asked Pieter if he wanted to play bass in a metal band. Pieter went to a rehearsal, and by the end of the rehearsal they had 2 songs pretty much done. The rest is history.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Our musical backgrounds vary tremendously. We’re talking everything from blues, to electro, rap and death metal. And you hear a lot of those coming back throughout all the songs. It’s fun to throw the listener off a little when there’s a sudden rap verse or some electro sounds in a breakdown, or a bluesy vocal riff in the middle of a fast-paced double bass-drum shredding solo section. So. Much. Fun.
In terms of band influences we listen to everything from Blink-182 to Northlane or Betraying The Martyrs. We’ve also played with upcoming giants like Jinjer, For I Am King, or As A Conceit and they taught us so much stuff from tone to hardware. Things we still use today because they were so valuable. So we’re tremendously grateful for the wisdom they passed down to us.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: We just released our first album a few weeks ago. Rounding of about 2 years of work total from the moment we wrote the first song, to when we had the actual CDs in our hands.
Honestly we think you should listen to it because there’s some surprises in there. Parts of songs that don’t seem to belong in the same track, but they all work together to bring together the best of several worlds. Some songs will have your head bobbing immediately, others will make you work for it, but the pay-off is guaranteed.
Also it’s hard to compete in a world where musical drops or breakdowns come your way within the first 30 seconds of a song. We made the explicit decision to not do that on every track, for the simple reason that we believe in that pay-off. Listen to an entire album start to finish and you’ll realise it’s more than just a bunch of individual tracks thrown together. Any band worth their salt is gonna try and tell you a story, and we did our best to try and do that. Up to you to listen to see if we succeeded.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Movement. We move on stage so you don’t feel awkward being the first one moving in the crowd. Moshpits are awesome, but all we look for are people’s heads bobbing. If we see 4-5 heads bobbing in a crowd we consider that shows success.
Also we talk to you guys. A little bit more than just a “how’s it going [insert city/town/country here]!!??”. We’ll make sure you guys get the complete live experience, no matter how big or how small the venue.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Immediate goal for the next few years is getting a multi-week tour on its feet. We want to get an album/tour/album/tour/etc engine rolling so we can just hop in a van, drive to the venue, do the show, then get right back in the van and drive to the next venue, and this for a few weeks. That’s our collective dream. So to be able to do that in 5 years would be awesome. And seeing where we were 5 years ago compared to now we think we can make that happen!
Or catching a nice break and headlining some of the major festivals would be epic as well. We can dream, right? Hahaha!