Catch up with lead singer and guitarist Wesley Hill of indie four piece The Only Ocean and listen to the band's latest single, "Cul-De-Sac", off their forthcoming EP, TOO.
What brought you all together?
Wesley Hill: We’ve all been friends since middle school and playing music was something that we loved doing and still continues today.
Where does your name, The Only Ocean, come from?
It’s from an Arctic Monkeys song called, "Potion Approaching". We picked it when we were 17 and it just always stuck.
Which musicians have you been influenced by?
Growing up I was all about Green Day but now it’s Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Juana Molina and Thomas Newman.
How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard your music before?
Psychedelic post-punk with a love for bass lines and melody.
What were your inspirations behind your latest single, "Cul-De-Sac"?
When I wrote it, I just felt like beating the shit out of my guitar. I wanted to make something fast and that started off strong and never really let up.
Could you tell us more about your upcoming EP, TOO?
It’s definitely the next step for us as a band. We wanted to make something louder and more aggressive than anything we had done before.
Is there a track off that EP you're most excited for your fans to hear?
"So Shy So High". It scares the shit out of me for some reason but I love it.
In one sentence, how would you sum up TOO?
Pop music wrapped up in delay and feedback.
What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?
Any emotion they want. As long as they can connect with it that's all I can ask for.
Is there anything you want to add?
Thank you to Jonathan DeBaun, Graham Ian Ginsburg, and Rick Maybery. And thank you for the feature!