there never was a was

by OCEANWIRES

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wsredblack i heard "eagles" on KEXP last week, then i found you on bandcamp. ('cause i thought to myself, "is that the singer from long dark moon?") i can't stop streaming tracks 1 and 2, and i can't get it loud enough. you guys scratch my old-school punk rock itch. edgy AF punk/post/pop/punk/rock, tight and agile guitar work, and emotionally charged vocals, like... well, like WIRE.

edit: after listening to /there never was a was/ for a week now, i have to say that i really can't pigeonhole it. at times it's a little prog; and there's a ballad in there somewhere, too. it's a complex album, but at 28 minutes, it's a concise blend of modern rock stylings. drums, all three guitars, and vocals put forth strong, expert, and evocative efforts. but the bass stands out, and hits my hard rock sweet spot.

tl;dr: it rocks. Favorite track: Beware the Heartless.
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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.

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.

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. The full-length album, “THERE NEVER WAS A 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) releases February 15, 2019.

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released February 3, 2019

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Recorded and Produced by Steve Fisk @ Red Room Studios & Soundhouse Studios

Tracks 2, 5, 9 Recorded and Produced by Matt Bayles @ Soundhouse

Album Mixed by Matt Bayles

Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering

All of this was done in sweet home Seattle, WA!

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OCEANWIRES Seattle, Washington

OCEANWIRES is charged, hopeful, possessed, and loud. Sonically inspired by the angular guitar works of Television and Savages, Dave Einmo (Head Like a Kite) and Aaron Starkey (Gibraltar) set out, along with Jeff Baars on drums (Mike Johnson) and Samantha Wilder on bass (Princess), to create a full-length record exploring the paths between who they are, who they were, and who they will become. ... more

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Track Name: Beware the Heartless
Beware the heartless when they sing to you.
Selling dreams that won’t come true
Beware the songs that pull you down, calling out, and push around.
Giving nothing, they’ll crush you too

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Can’t you see that it’s all the same?
So, don’t feel lost and put away
Can’t you see that it’s all the same?
So, don’t feel lost and put away

Beware darkness when it sings to you.
Stealing thoughts you know are true
Beware the heart if it bleeds for you, shouting out [and] breaking down.
Asking questions of the things you do

Chorus

Beware the loveless cause they’ll hurt you too
Beware the questions that’ll come for you
Beware the truth if it looks for you
Wanting things you don’t want to do

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