Toronto band The Ocean Cure have a diverse have honed a diverse sound that takes you by surprise with hardcore elements intersecting the catchy lead vocals. Indeed, the band’s fusion of the clean, engaging vocals of Pauline Taylor with the intense screams of bassist Casius Wray-Muto gives them an intriguing post-hardcore sound.
We took a listen to their latest single Huntress to get a feel for their music. The track opens up with light guitars and a repeating stabbing drum in the background, then bursts into atmospheric guitar chords. Pauline’s vocals take over in a laid-back verse, which suddenly bursts into Casius’ big screamed vocals that are soon joined by a flickering guitar lick.
Pauline’s vocals return in a lively, catchy chorus. Casius’ big screams return, with some savage throaty screams, then drops back into the energetic clean vocals to bring the track to an end. Give it a listen below:
The track comes from the band’s excellent second EP RE: Discover, which was released in June and from which the final track Weapons is a particular highlight. A light synthy opening is blown away by a lively riff and pounding drums that continue under Pauline’s delicious opening vocals. Screamed vocals join in as we launch into a chorus, then the screams take over and feed into catchy clean vocals.
A huge breakdown of chugging guitars and doomy drums drops down into a section of light vocals and synth, before building up to a final blast of the chorus. It’s a seriously good ending to the EP. Check it out below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them and their music. Read on below…
GR: Who are The Ocean Cure?
OC: “The Ocean Cure is Pauline Taylor (lead clean vocals), Casius Wray-Muto (lead unclean vocals/bass), Mike Di Monte (lead guitar), Nicola Sudano (drums/programming). We’re from Toronto, Canada. We all met each other through earlier projects and going to shows within our local scene. With the exception of Casius and Nicola, who have been friends since high school. We’ve always vibed really well with each other as friends so when it came to bringing us together as a band, it just felt natural.”
GR: You just released Huntress. What should people be expecting from the song?
OC: “Huntress is definitely the heaviest song that we’ve written as a band, so I think people should be ready to hear a very different version of TOC. It’s got a really big chorus, and some chaotic breakdowns that made it really easy to draw the contrast between Pauline and Casius’ vocals.
“The subject matter is an interpretation of the legend of Pandora’s box. She unleashed monsters upon the world and then was subsequently sent down to earth to clean up her mess. You’ll also be able to pick up themes of depression and anxiety within the song.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
OC: “We always have a hard time answering this question because we think that we have a really distinct sound. If we had to throw a few genres on it they would be post-hardcore and metalcore. We all have vast musical tastes which also comes through in our music, we try to keep it unique.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
OC: “Mental health issues are definitely things that come up the most when it comes to our lyrics. There are members that suffer from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
“Music has always been a way for us to cope with our personal issues, so we definitely want to create something that people can listen to as a healthy escape. Something that lets people know that it’s okay to not be okay, and we’re not alone in feeling that way.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
OC: “There are so many bands and artists that we’ve looked up to over the years. Some of our biggest influences would have to be Counterparts, Tonight Alive, and Erra. All of those bands are incredible musicians, and they have a solid connection with their fans. That’s something that we strive for continuously.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
OC: “We plan on playing as much as we possibly can. We just released a new EP called RE: Discover, which can be found on all major streaming and downloading platforms so we’ll be promoting that pretty heavily over the next year. We’ve already started writing for our next release, and will likely be dropping a cover or two in between then to keep people entertained while we continue our process.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
OC: “We just want people to know that we’re here. We’re really easy to get in touch with across all our socials and encourage people to reach out to us. We love connecting with new people, it’s one of the things that makes making music so fun. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us GigRadar!”