Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
“The initial incarnation of the band comprised of myself, Sean, Hamish and a couple of our other friends. We started out – like many young bands – doing covers, gigging, but soon we got the itch to write our own songs and include them in our set. Callum joined around that point, when we first started recording our own stuff, and a year or two later we settled on the line up we have today. We went by another name for those first few years, but in late 2015 we made the change to Ocean Flaws, to coincide with the start of the run-up to our ‘Dancing To The Fear – EP’ which dropped about a year ago. It seemed like the right time to change name as – with that EP – we felt like we’d finally found our sound.”– Alex Pattle, drummer
WHAT is the inspiration behind their new single 20:22?
“20:22 is based on a spontaneous weekend in Manchester with a girl I met not long before. The whole trip was just crazy in nature and it seemed fitting to write a song about the experience. In general, we always aim to express our love or hate for things slightly out of the ordinary and then create a memorable instrumental to make it shine overall.”– Callum Quirk, singer/bassist
WHERE did they grow up?
“We all grew up in Brentwood, Essex area (UK). Sean and I actually went through secondary school together before jamming in Sixth Form for the music department’s parents evening. It must’ve gone down a treat because we kept it up. I was later introduced to Alex and Callum and it went from there really.”
“There’s a strong music scene in Brentwood. A lot of top bands, offering all kinds of music; from Brit Pop to Psychedelia to Jazz Blues. The hub of it all is the Essex Arm’s ‘Seaxe Room’ where you can go down and watch live music most days of the week. We all influence each other.”- Hamish Monk, guitarist
WHY are they called Ocean Flaws?
“When we first started out, we were called The Shermans, after my guitar teacher. But due to frequent reminders of its association with an unfortunate Cockney rhyming slang, it had to go! Our band had seen a few members come in and out and we had reached a final line up with a fresh new sound. So, it made sense to give ourselves a new name which captured this. After much deliberation we went with Ocean Flaws. It was the flag pole which marked new ground for us.”- Hamish Monk, guitarist
WHEN can I see them live?
“Sadly, we won’t be playing any full live shows until the summer. Our drummer, Alex, is currently studying abroad in Germany and won’t be back until July at the earliest. In the meanwhile, the rest of us are planning to play acoustic shows around Essex and London. So make sure to look at our social media accounts for dates. When Alex is back, we’re expecting a big summer of shows, hopefully ranging from festivals to headline shows in London. We’ll make sure to keep the masses informed.”– Sean Heaney, guitarist