Oceanwires are a wiry, angular post-punk band based out of Seattle. This Friday, their new album There Never Was a Was will be released – but before that, you can stream the album in full here at mxdwn. On the new album, they take the biting aggression and odd-kilter riffage of bands like Savages and Television, adding anthemic choruses and emotionally-charged vocals. Check out the album below:
The band was formed by Dave Einmo of Head Like a Kite and Aaron Starkey of Gibraltar, who teamed up to record the basic silhouettes of the songs that’d become There Never Was A Was on a simple Korg drum machine. They’ve rounded out a full band with Jeff Baars on drums and Samantha Wilder on bass.
Their record was produced by two well-regarded producers, Steve Fisk and Matt Bayles. Fisk is known for producing work but several Pacific Northwest luminaries, including Soundgarden, Beat Happening and Nirvana. Bayles has worked with Minus the Bear and Mastodon in the past. Oceanwires has released two singles from There Never Was a Was, “Beware the Heartless” was the debut single while “Fuel + Reasons” was released earlier this year.
There Never Was a Was track listing
1. “Fuel + Reasons”
2. “Beware the Heartless”
3. “Fall into the Boat”
4. “Islands Keep Silence Before Me”
6. “Winter Song”
7. “Everybody Says Don’t Do It”
8. “New Morning Sun”
9. “Pieces of the Moon”