OCEANS OF SLUMBER have a new album out on Century Media that is a really cool slab of metal in an Opeth kinda way. If you haven’t already checked them out you should before they explode. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-We are also quite fond of word play and we needed to find something unique and fitting enough to cover the spread that we do musically. The name needed heft and it needed individuality. A stream of heart, soul, and consciousness. Oceans of Slumber is the culmination of a wandering mind that is full of questions and at the same time completely at peace.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We’re just metal heads that turned into professional musicians. The style of music we play is just an interpretation of the many, many types of music we listen to.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Life and its endless ups and downs. The beauty of being above ground. The emotions we are able to create and transmit are the single most important factor in the music we create. It’s quite cinematic in scope. Such is the case with Winter too, it’s a grand scene. A concept record about a life filled with the things that keep it interesting. Love and misery.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Very important, to us at least. There’s a purpose to us and what we do and that purpose is to connect with those that have traveled the same paths as we have. We are very emotionally connected people and we write music that reflects that and that attracts the same qualities.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
Yes it is. We should take ourselves as seriously visually as we do aurally. It helps set the mood for our stage show and it helps the audience separate themselves from us as well. We want them to feel as if they are at a performance and to do that they must see that we are there for that same reason.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-In today’s digital world it is a bittersweet representation. For those out there that buy the physical copies, they get the full package. They collect. So the art is a big part of the whole buying and listening experience. I don’t know how many times I sat around and just stared at cover art as a young listener. Looking at black metal covers and old 70’s records in awe. The handpainted medium is a favorite. The cover has to be more impactful now because it is the only thing you see on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. It’s the sole visual representation now. So that makes it that much more important to us.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-Our local scene is amazing. We feel the love here and the scene is flourishing because of the press and great musicians around our city. It’s inspiring to see your friends and peers come up and luckily it happens to be us this time. Haha.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Wonderful. Fulfilling. And yes, massive. To have it so well received is beyond our greatest hopes and we hope to be in front of most of those people very soon to deliver it in our most natural habitat, the stage. It’s very surreal to us and that also makes it all the more inspiring.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-It’s one of the only ways to do that now. There are so many bands coming out these days that being signed or represented by the metal media doesn’t guarantee you a spot in someone’s ears. Everyone is fighting for the same few slots and you have to do something unique to differentiate yourself from the pack. It is crucial to be a top notch performer if your band has the opportunity to play in a larger forum. You’ve got to be at the top of your game because people want real and they want it good.
What does the future have in its womb?
-Writing new music and lots of touring. The necessities of our lives and sustainability. We hope to spread the message of our tribe further and further and given the opportunity we will take it is as far as we possibly can.