I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nathan Wyatt from the East Coast based indie pop band Oceanic about their newest single “Alone”, their upcoming debut album and some East Coast tour dates. Check out what he had to say below!
Brew Music Friday: Congratulations on the release of “Alone”! For any new listeners, how would you guys describe your sound?
That’s definitely the hardest question in the world. We’re somewhere between WALK THE MOON, The 1975, and Coldplay. Probably. I could be wrong about that. I’d call us indie pop for people who also like U2.
BMF: Who are some of your musical influences?
Coldplay, The Killers, The 1975, Harry Styles, Caroline Polachek, Dua Lipa, Brian Eno, Oneohtrix Point Never, just to name a few. Obviously we’re products of the Streaming Age, so it’s hard to condense!
BMF: How long have you all been playing together?
Me (Nathan) and Jacob have been playing together for about six years as Oceanic, and Sam has been in the band for about five years. Joseph actually just joined last year! Though we’ve been playing shows on and off with him for around 3 years.
BMF: You said your debut album “No, Human” will be released sometime soon. When can fans expect to hear the full project?
Our debut album is set to release in early January 2023!
BMF: You’ve said before that you hope to make listeners look inward when listening to your music. What do you hope they take out of “Alone”?
I think I’d love for them to consider the way we all act toward other people, and how that can have a deep, lasting effect. The warm or cold way we interact with people can make them feel seen and loved, or shunned and alone.
I’d love for people to consider that the way we treat other people should be constantly on the front of our minds as one of the most important things in the whole universe. I hope to get better and better at that.
And I hope they hear some sounds they like. 🙂
BMF: You all just played Charlotte Shout a few weeks back. What was that experience like?
Charlotte Shout was so great! It had high production value, an enormous stage, and a crew that worked very hard to make it happen. We’re very grateful to have played a festival that is so special to Charlotte. Can’t wait for next year!
BMF: Can fans look forward to a tour?
We’ve got a ton of dates coming up all up and down the east coast! If folks keep up with our social media we’ll be posting about everything that’s coming together. We’re playing more shows this year than we ever have before, and we couldn’t be more excited.
BMF: What sets “No, Human” apart from your previous EP “Angel”?
“No, Human” has larger breadth sonically and thematically. It’s all new songs, and obviously it’s longer than the “Angel” EP, so we are able to be way more creative with it. Essentially it captures what Oceanic is more fully—which is terribly exciting to us. Essentially, it’s got more bangers, more breadth of emotion, more wide varieties of sounds. Honestly, we just can’t wait for it to be out. The next single off of it will be called “Walt,” and it’ll be coming in May.
Make sure you follow Oceanic on their Instagram and other socials to stay up to date on upcoming releases and more tour dates to come! Up next you can check them out at Sonic Movement Festival in Charlotte, NC on May 14th!