Hey Ocean! Talk "Is"
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:23:01
Hey Ocean! bring in a new tide of pop on Is.
At the same time, it hearkens back to the genre's best days in the sunny '60s and '70s with a cheerful nod and even more cheerful melodies. This is the kind of pop that'll have you humming for hours on end and smiling to. The wonderful melodies of Is swim to blissful heights.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Dave Beckingham of Hey Ocean! talks Is and so much more.
Did you have one overarching vision or vibe in mind for Is?
We spent a lot of time figuring out the track order. I think the way an album flows is pretty important. There wasn't an overall vision necessarily. The record ended up being a collection of songs. Some were older songs that had never been recorded and some were newer. Nothing was premeditated. It wasn't like, "We have to do this". We spent a lot of time figuring out what the perfect order would be.
Is there a thematic thread?
I guess they are all stories. Thematically, some of them are about love. Some of them are about life. "Big Blue Wave" is about our band and the process of making art and music these days, doing what we do, feeling discouraging at times, and realizing you have to do what you feel you have to do. For us, that's to make music and play shows. We had some tumultuous ups and downs during the recording of this album, and there was a lot of soul searching that went into it. There were lots of setbacks along the way. "Big Blue Wave" became about our band persevering through the madness.
What are the stories between "Give" and "Last Mistake"?
I actually wrote "Last Mistake" in Mexico four or five years ago. That was about breaking up the end of a relationship. Those two songs are more emotional. I can tell what kind of music you like [Laughs]. I like the emo songs myself. "Give" was a much newer song. Dave Vertesi was working hard on that when we were out working on our album in Toronto. "Give" is about love and falling in love with somebody but nobody really being ready to commit, say it, and be there. It's a bit of a concession of love even though you're in a weird, fragile place.
Do you each bring songs to the table or do you collaborate together on pieces of songs? Is it a mixture of both processes?
Yeah, it's a mixture both. I'll come to the band with a full song, Ashleigh, or Dave will. Then, there are things we're working together. We're very collaborative. Each song has its own journey. Some songs take a year to write. Others take twenty minutes. It's nice we all have different perspectives.
What music do you all bond over?
We all love everything from Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and Paul Simon to Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Radiohead. We like a lot of Canadian bands like Patrick Watson. Our influences are so vast. It's anything good really. Good songwriting, grooves, beats that make you want to dance, and songs that make you feel are what our band draws inspiration from. That's what we try to emulate in our music.
What else inspires you outside of music?
A couple of us are big nature lovers. We try to get some adventures in as much as possible. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, The Pacific Northwest. There's some amazing ocean life here. There's so much outdoor activity to do here. It's breathtakingly beautiful. You can drive from the city, climb a beautiful peak, and look at glaciers. You can go whale watching or coastal kayaking. You can see wolves. I'm very inspired by that. We're all really inspired by our friends and our relationships and things we're learning about life in general as we get into our later twenties. We like movies. There's also such great TV now. There's an amazing time where we get to crush entire seasons of TV traveling in the van from gig to gig.
If this album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It'd be a combination of movies. I used to go to this store to rent movies when I was a kid. They'd give you five movies for five bucks. Each song could be a different movie. We don't want to have one kind of song. We want each one to stand alone. Maybe there's The Hobbit on there and maybe new school Dirty Dancing, if there was one. It's 14 different movies. It's like you're going away to your cabin for a week with a bunch of rented movies.
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Sat, Feb 2 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sun, Feb 3 Bend, OR @ The Sound Garden
Tues, Feb 5 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
Wed, Feb 6 San Diego, CA @ The Griffin
Thur, Feb 7 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
Fri, Feb 8 Phoenix, AZ @ The Hard Rock Cafe
Sun, Feb 10 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's
Tues, Feb 12 Portland, OR @ Backspace Café
Wed, Feb 13 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Sun, Mar 10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Mon, Mar 11 Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
Wed, Mar 13 Dallas, TX @ The Door - The Prophet Bar
Tue, Mar 19 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
Sat, Mar 23 St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
Sun, Mar 24 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Tue, Mar 26 Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory Room @ The Masquerade
Fri, Mar 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's Jazzhaus
Sat, Mar 30 Hamden, CT @ The Space
Sun, Mar 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East - Upstairs
Mon, Apr 1 New York, NY @ The Studio At Webster Hall
Tue, Apr 2 Ewing, NJ @ The Ratskeller
Wed, Apr 3 Akron, OH @ Musica
Thu, Apr 4 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
Sun, Apr 7 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Tue, Apr 9 Billings, MT @ The Railyard