Song of the day: The Ocean's Eyes – Room Of Red
Need something to kickstart the week ahead and blow the cobwebs of your hangover away? Well, I can’t think of a better bunch of lads to do that than The Ocean’s Eyes. They’re just unleashed the first video from their Lost Along The Way E.P., and the track – Room Of Red is the sonic equivalent of holding a stick of dynamite to your ear and then lighting the fuse.
I honestly didn’t think that the UK was able to produce pop punk that rings out with such energy. But this London-based five-piece is knocking out tunes so loud they could be featured on adverts for tinnitus. They’ve even taken that infuriating one-hit wonder Iyaz and given his Replay a rock makeover.
As for Room Of Red, well, what can I say? Powerful, angry, emotional. It’s a perfect showcase for this band – the musicianship is in your face from start to finish. As Candace at Back To The Music says, these guys are top-notch:
McInroy’s vocals are on the Metallica end of the pop-punk spectrum which blends like butter and sugar with the intense drumming in this song provided by Ben Smith. The guitars, courtesy of Mitch Wright and Andy Dutnall, slay through this number, bringing to mind bands like Senses Fail. Charlie Robery’s bass lines melts through the tune and is easily recognizable where many bass lines fall short and get lost in the grand scheme of things.
I can only echo her special praise for drummer Ben Smith. Amazing work, Ben. One of the best drummers we’ve never heard of!
Which brings me to the line-up: that guy with the immaculate dark hair and checked shirt is lead singer Luke McInroy. He’s joined on vocal duties by the devastating guitar duo of Mitch Wright and Andy Dutnall. We’ve already discused the merits of drummer Ben Smith and Charlie Robery rounds out the group on bass.
Check out the video below, and if you like these guys give them a shout-out on Twitter or Facebook. They’re even on Tumblr! As with all these Song Of The Day features, we’re relying on you guys to spread the word! For tour dates and ticket info, jump over to punxasfuck.