OCEANS ATE ALASKA
FOR FANS OF: SUICIDE SILENCE, THY ART IS MURDER, JOB FOR A COWBOY
“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)