Late last year, singer/guitarist Trevor O’Neill of Possible Oceans found himself alone in a high rise hotel room overlooking Mexico City with only his makeshift mobile recording studio to keep him company. There to promote the group’s last release, the Phase Change EP, a melody had popped into O’Neill’s head to fit the words jotted down earlier in an Uber on the way to a radio performance. By the time the sun came up the next day the first demo for the new single “Falling Backwards” was done.

 

“After six days alone in a city where everyone speaks a different language and you don’t know anyone, you can really get in your head. Mexico City is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been and I love it, but these solo trips are challenging for me. It’s a powerful experience to be cut off from your routines like that. Having so much time alone with my thoughts really made me reflect on my patterns and habits, especially my tendency to let circumstances dictate my mood, which has often led me to depression. This song is about recognizing your demons, calling them (and yourself) out, and being kind of reborn in the process.”

 

Upon returning from Mexico City, the band decamped to producer / drummer Jules de Gasperis’s (Low Hum, James Supercave, Bleached) Highland Park studio to bring a full band version of the song to life. After much frenzied experimentation they emerged with a song that had them all buzzing. O’Neill reflects, “We haven’t known Jules for very long but we felt an instant kinship with him and the process really flowed so easily and felt so comfortable. It all just came together.”

 

A new recording in hand, the group tapped friend and frequent collaborator, photographer James Juarez, to shoot a video. Directed by O’Neill and shot by Juarez, the video follows a man as he runs through his morning routine on auto pilot. Somewhere along his commute, he breaks from his path and embarks on a journey that leads him to unexpected places and new perspectives.

 

With “Falling Backwards,” Possible Oceans continues to push the boundaries of their sound, one which has already attracted the attention of fans around the world. “Falling Backwards” and the accompanying video will be released digitally in early June 2019.

BIO

Possible Oceans is an LA based experimental indie rock band led by singer/guitarist Trevor O’Neill and long-time songwriting partner Daniel Berkman. Their sound is comprised of driving rhythms, pulsing synths, and interweaving guitar lines, which form the perfect landscape for O’Neill’s stirring vocals and intimate lyrics. Informed by O’Neill’s study of world music cultures at UCLA’s Ethnomusicology department, and drawing on influences as varied as The National, Queens of the Stone Age, and New Order, the group creates songs that sit just outside what you would expect from indie rock.

 

O’Neill and Berkman previously collaborated as Sympathetic Frequencies. During that time their work with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Bad Suns, Wavves) helped them to hone their approach and earned them radio play on KCRW as well as support from critics and fans alike.

 

After parting ways with their record label and taking a brief hiatus, they chose to start fresh with a new name and renewed devotion to their craft. Possible Oceans’ first EP, Phase Change, marked the beginning of this new chapter in their creative efforts. Released independently in August 2018, Phase Change received an enthusiastic welcome from press outlets around the world and remained on the NACC 200 chart for five weeks.

 

Their latest single, “Falling Backwards,” will be released in early June 2019. Produced and engineered by Jules de Gasperis (Low Hum, James Supercave, Bleached), the track finds the group exploring new facets of their sound, embracing a more chorus driven form while remaining true to the swirling guitars and decadent soundscapes that have always defined their sound. “Falling Backwards” will be accompanied by a video shot by photographer James Juarez and directed by O’Neill.

PRESS

“Try 80’s pop mixed with the arena rock of Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age with 00’s indie thrown in for good measure. The amalgamation of influence comes together in a beautifully modern package, one that I can’t imagine will stay underground for long.”

-Mind Noise Network

“Possible Oceans offer up a refreshing sound that…borrows from some of the darker sides of 80s pop, while still forging its own place within modern indie-rock.”

-Xune Mag

“Possible Oceans are a fledgling L.A. indie outfit trading in the brooding, erudite rock of bands like The National…”

-Buzzbands LA

“…songs that will fill your head with images during a late night drive in your car.”

-American Pancake

“Try 80’s pop mixed with the arena rock of Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age with 00’s indie thrown in for good measure. The amalgamation of influence comes together in a beautifully modern package, one that I can’t imagine will stay underground for long.”

-Mind Noise Network

“Possible Oceans offer up a refreshing sound that…borrows from some of the darker sides of 80s pop, while still forging its own place within modern indie-rock.”

-Xune Mag

“Possible Oceans are a fledgling L.A. indie outfit trading in the brooding, erudite rock of bands like The National…”

-Buzzbands LA

“…songs that will fill your head with images during a late night drive in your car.”

-American Pancake

PHASE CHANGE EP
RELEASED AUGUST 2018

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info@possibleoceans.com