Toronto Post-Hardcore / Metalcore band The Ocean Cure have the honor of being our #WeeklyDiscovery for this week.
We recently caught up with Bassist/Unclean Vocalist Casius to discuss their upcoming EP!
For those who may be unfamiliar with The Ocean Cure, can you give us a quick rundown of the roots of the band? What would you compare your sound to?
We’re a four-piece Post-Hardcore/Metalcore band. We started in 2014/2015. If I had to compare us to another band, I’d say we’re all over the place! Tonight Alive is someone who we draw a lot of inspiration from, as well as Counterparts & Erra . We’re kinda bouncing all over the place! I think that definitely comes through in our sound too!
Many artists have great backstories to how they become involved in music. What led to the members of TOC becoming musicians/songwriters?
Oh man! I’ve been playing music since before I could even remember! I started to learn piano at about five years old. We all come from musical backgrounds. Nicola, our drummer, his whole family are musicians. Mike also comes from a family of musicians. I think Pauline is the lone ranger in her family. We’ve all been doing music for years! I’ve been in bands since my high school day. I met Pauline a few years ago at a show, and we were both free to work on some project, and it just snowballed from there!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Structures” that’s out now?
Structures was the first song that we wrote on the new EP. It was kinda a reinvention of what we were as a band. We were pretty unsure of what we were going to do after Daydreamer. I really love Structures, I think it’s got all the aspects of TOC that everyone has come to love over the last few years. We’re a little bit heavier than our last record, I think a few fans were a bit surprised by it, but overall I’m happy with it! The rest of the record will be pretty sweet too!
Re:Discover is set to release on June 14th. What can fans of TOC expect from this 5-song EP? Are Structures/Huntress a good example of the overall vibe of the EP?
Yeah! I think we picked Structures/Huntress as the first two songs to release because they kinda encompassed all we’re going for now as TOC. Huntress is probably the heaviest song on the EP, but it still has Pauline’s really clean/catchy choruses. I think that’s my fave part of TOC, is that we can get really heavy, but we still have catchy stuff. So, that’s going to be the basis of the new EP.
You decided to stay local for this EP and work with Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Young Culture, We Were Sharks, Rarity, Obey The Brave). What led you to work with Sam? Did staying local help with the writing/recording process?
I have been watching Sam’s work from the sidelines for years now. He’s worked with Silverstein, which is one of my fave bands! He’s also worked on a lot of our friends albums, all of my buddies that have worked with him before have nothing but positive reviews about him! That continues with us. We didn’t do much production with him, except for drums. But even with that drum day alone, we did a few edits that helped shaped the songs to what they are now. His outside hand on that was very beneficial.
With all the different musical tastes that band members typically bring as influences, do you feel that helps bring a lot to the table when it comes to song writing or does it make it difficult because everyone wants to go in different directions?
I think it helps, to be honest. With Daydreamer, everyone brought a song, and that’s how the song was. But with Re:Discover, we all brought ideas, and other band members would take it home and bring back some great feedback. I think coming from different backgrounds certainly helps make our sound. I really like the fact that we don’t exactly fall into one genre. It opens up so many avenues that we can explore musically.
It’s almost halfway through 2019. What musical goals do you have for yourselves and your music this year? Have you accomplished any of those?
I think the biggest one for us was to finally put out a new EP. I think it has been almost 3 years since we put out Daydreamer. We toured that album pretty heavily. We made it a goal in 2019 that we wanted to have something new for our fans to hear. We had done a few covers over the last few years, but hadn’t released anything new for awhile. We were excited to rediscovering what TOC is all about, that’s why we named the EP Re:Discover. We were reinventing ourselves, finding out what exactly we wanted to do with the band.
What elements of your character does your sound represent?
I think we all come from, I hate to say it bluntly, we are all broken people. That is something we like to touch on a lot in our lyrical content. For myself, music has always been somewhere that I can go to escape problems, and I think that it’s something that everyone shares. There is comfort in knowing that you’re not alone when feeling a certain way, and that’s certainly a message we try to push in our music.
Do you find a lot of fans interact with you based on your lyrical content? Does TOC find itself getting approached by fans after a show telling them that their lyrics have inspired them?
We’ve noticed it more so recently. With Structures, the lyrical content is so heavily engrained in anxiety, depression and not being too sure about what’s real and what’s not. We’ve been well received in that regard. A few weeks ago, we opened for Secrets , and I had a few people come up to me after our set and tell me how much the song meant to them. Whenever we play a show, I make sure to mention that some of the members struggle with mental health issues, and that its okay to not be okay. Giving an open door for people to talk to is important, it’s our responsibility as musicians.
How does creativity inform or alter your happiness?
I feel like having a creative outlet helps to make me feel okay. There’re days when I have something going on, whether it be work or personal life, I pick up a guitar or bass, and it all just disappears. It gives me a place to direct my negative emotions, and makes it positive.
It’s no secret that TOC has been added to several festivals like Warped Tour/Rockfest by fan voting. Is it safe to say that TOC has a strong cult-like following of fans?
Yeah! We’ve played a lot of shows & festivals because of our strong fan base. We got to play Rockfest last year, it was probably the biggest show that I’ve ever got to play! We got to play that festival just by the sheer amount of people who voted for us! We make our music and push to get there, but at the end of the day we couldn’t have done any of that without them! We’re thankful for that!
When it comes to writing and playing music, what’s the most satisfying thing to you guys?
Hearing that finished product. When we got the masters for this EP back, I personally cried a little bit when I heard Structures! It was everything I had imagined it would sound like, and then even more! Big thanks to Sam (Guaiana) for making that happen! For all of us, the end product is the gold mine!
We’re big on indie artists at DigiSpun. Any hidden gems you’ve been listening to lately?
I’ve got a few friends you should be keeping on your radar. Single Wound is certainly one to watch out for, they’re more on the Hardcore side of things & have an EP that recently came out which is pretty sweet. We’ve also got our Pop-Punk buddies in Weigh The Anchor , I was actually on the track “Tidal Wave” on their latest EP. Definitely check them out as well!
What does the future hold for TOC? Anything exciting coming up in the latter part of 2019?
We’re currently working on a few tours. That’s the biggest thing for now. Getting the record out & playing it to as many people is our ultimate goal. I’d really like to get over to the States to play a few shows, but probably won’t happen until 2020 because of visas and all that.
Awesome! That’s all the questions I’ve got! Thanks for doing this! Do you have anything else you’d like to say?
Watch out for our EP that comes out on June 14th. We’re also doing a EP Release Show , the following week in Toronto at Hard Luck Bar. Just keep watching our socials for anything new that may pop up! We’ve got a few surprises, so watch out for that!
Their latest EP, Re:Discover is available June 14th on all streaming platforms!