Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Ocean Beneath

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 Matt Burnside of The Ocean Beneath.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BURNSIDE: The Ocean Beneath started life as a shared ideal between Rich Blacker and myself, Matt Burnside. We both wanted to create new music moving away from our previous ventures with an 80’s influence and a modern push on the production. We also wanted to bring in as many other people as possible along the way for collaborations so we did just that. We released our debut EP in 2019 and have worked with loads of great artists including Nath Jackson, Fran Minney, Mik Crone and more. In Feb of 2020 Rich wanted to take some time away from the project so now I’m just pushing things forward and doubling down on the collaborations.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BURNSIDE: I would say that different artists influence the music in very different ways. Gunship, HVOB and LCD Soundsystem certainly help shape the electronic pallette and grooves, but David Bowie and Pink Floyd have really helped with the structures and hooks.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

BURNSIDE: Our latest single “Skin” ft. Fran Minney is out now and available in all the usual places. I encourage people everywhere to go have a listen to see how Fran encapsulates these feelings we’ve kind of all probably experienced with all this pandemic.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

BURNSIDE: With the pandemic stuff stopping all live shows for now we’ve kind of put that idea on ice. We do have live shows planned, we even have the setup and how it’s all going to work mapped out but as things are our energy is best spent elsewhere.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

BURNSIDE: Honestly, it would just be nice to get our music out there for people to hear and maybe grow the following to allow us to release even more music and collaborations. Along with that, we want a killer live show and hopefully be able to pick up some festivals when they’re back to full strength.

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