OCEANS ATE ALASKA

FOR FANS OF: SUI­CIDE SI­LENCE, THY ART IS MUR­DER, JOB FOR A COW­BOY

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“IF BEY­ONCÉ HEARD OUR COVER, SHE’D RUN AWAY AND CRY!”

OCEANS ATE ALASKA, HUH? SOUNDS LIKE AN ARTSY-FARTSY NETFLIX SE­RIES…

That need not be a bad thing at all. In fact, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Birm­ing­ham met­al­core quin­tet’s name would make for an ex­cel­lent dis­as­ter drama… “The idea came from a mega-tsunami that hit Alaska in the 1950s,” re­veals found­ing gui­tarist James ‘Jibs’ Kennedy.“our old vo­cal­ist ac­tu­ally sug­gested the name, which came from a news­pa­per head­line that we took in­spi­ra­tion from.this gi­ant tsunami pretty much swal­lowed one of the gulfs! But we don’t try to get too po­lit­i­cal about it. Our in­spi­ra­tion from that day is more of a metaphor­i­cal link be­tween what hap­pened and our sound… there’s this wall of gi­gan­tic sound that just crushes you and then it dies down to com­plete noth­ing­ness. It has ups and downs, al­most like what na­ture cre­ated in that mo­ment.”

PRETTY DEEP, MAN. SO WHO FRONTS THE BAND NOW?

That would be Jake Noakes, who of­fi­cially joined the ranks on Fe­bru­ary 1 and has been part of the writ­ing ses­sions for this year’s fol­low-up to 2015 de­but Lost Isles.“what Jake’s done is open us up to more mu­si­cal en­deav­ours,” says Jibs.“he’s flex­i­ble and fun to work with… that’s al­ready helped us ex­pand our hori­zons son­i­cally. It’s brought us to­gether in a way, al­most like we had this miss­ing fea­ture to us all along and now we’re a com­plete unit.a force to be

reck­oned with, if you like!”

BADASS. WHAT’S THIS ABOUT A BEY­ONCÉ COVER, THOUGH?

Along with Tyler Carter, Slaves and State Champs, the met­al­core bruis­ers were in­cluded on hit com­pi­la­tion Punk Goes Popvol. 6 – where they tack­led Queen B’s sin­gle Drunk In Love in a mêlée of beat­downs and chug­ging guitars…“that was our drum­mer Chris [Turner]’s idea,” Jibs grins.“it was his choice from be­fore we’d even been given the list of songs to choose.we thought it could be cool but didn’t want to be lame and just do a metal cover. So we de­cided to go su­per-crazy – if Bey­oncé was to hear it her­self, she’d prob­a­bly run away and cry (laughs)! On Spo­tify it’s had over two mil­lion plays now, which is crazy! Maybe we’ll play it again in the fu­ture at some point.”

ANY­THING ELSE WE CAN EX­PECT FROM THE UPCOMING SEC­OND RECORD?

Well, ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink… “To give you an idea of what’s com­ing, let’s just say this one is go­ing to be very ori­en­tal,” teases Jibs.“our lat­est tracks have more jazz sec­tions or spo­ken-word parts, and then get ridicu­lously heavy. It’s like a story arc that goes up and down, rather than one of those al­bums that’s pure head­bangers, track af­ter track at fast tem­pos.we’re more like the ocean, which rises and falls.you could play some of it to your grandma, but then there’s a lot you wouldn’t play to her. It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be out on Fear­less later this year, though sin­gles will start com­ing out very soon.”you’d bet­ter hurry up and fin­ish your cur­rent Netflix se­ries, then, and get ready to binge on Oceans Ate Alaska.

(L – R:) Mike Stan­ton (bass), Chris Turner (drums), Jake Noakes (vo­cals), James Kennedy (gui­tar),adam Zytkiewicz (gui­tar)

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