Seattle's Oceanwires Release New Video For FUEL + REASONS, Debut Album Out 2/15
Seattle-based band Oceanwires have revealed the official video for their new single "Fuel + Reasons" from their debut album There Never Was A Was out February 15 (pre-order). The video, which was produced by Matt Wesson and directed by his daughter Grace, premiered at New Noise Magazine and can also be shared at YouTube. About the song Oceanwires' Dave Einmo says, "In many ways this is the song that defines Oceanwires. It was one of our earliest songs we wrote together. It represents our attempt to build tension with angular guitars and propelling tempos that ultimately release into anthemic choruses. My favorite part is the Krautrock-inspired bridge in the middle, where that repetitive, hypnotic beat builds into mayhem. Aaron nailed that section with his vocal urgency. It's almost maniacal. It was a fun to write together and send it into various directions before landing on this arrangement and fun to play live too!" "Fuel + Reasons" will be available on all digital streaming services this Friday.
Oceanwires is Dave Einmo (Head Like a Kite) and Aaron Starkey (Gibraltar) with Jeff Baars on drums (Mike Johnson, Long Dark Moon) and Samantha Wilder on bass (Princess). The band's full-length album was produced and recorded by Steve Fisk (Car Seat Headrest, Nirvana, Naked Giants, Soundgarden, Wedding Present, Low, Beat Happening) and Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon).
Last month the band shared the first single "Beware The Hearless" from There Never Was A Was. The official video for "Beware The Heartless" which was also directed by Matt Wesson premiered at PopMatters and the track is available to share at Spotify or Soundcloud. About the song PopMatters says, "The ragged, jagged noise heard on this track might summon memories ofModest Mouse or Television but there's something undeniably fresh about this outfit; the music is propulsive, succinct and deliciously anthemic."
Oceanwires is the story of a band seeking the space between the waves with the conviction that there never was a was. Entering the studio with only rough silhouettes of songs, the band wrote as the tape rolled. There was no past version of the song to reference or inform the process, only the future.
Lyrically they explored the paths connecting who they are, who they were, and who they will become. Timeless in nature, specific in the now.
Charged, slanted, hopeful, possessed, loud.
Sonically inspired by the angular guitar works of Television and Savages, Dave Einmo (Head Like a Kite) and Aaron Starkey (Gibraltar) initially set out together to find the space between their own waves three years ago as they started writing ideas around the singular promise of an ancient Korg KR-55 drum machine. It was a start, but not an ending. Fast forward to now, with a full band (and the drum machine sitting quietly on the shelf watching jealousy) of Jeff Baars on drums (Mike Johnson, Long Dark Moon) and Samantha Wilder on bass (Princess), Oceanwires arrives.
Tension breeds creativity. Risks nurture imagination and reward. This was the simple concept behind the formation of Oceanwires. Pull songwriters away from their familiar songwriting habits and inspire them to collaborate in new ways that stretch them outside of their comfort zones. Many authors. One book. Now go write it.
photo credit: Niffer Calderwood