Getting To Know... OCNS

After cementing themselves with a breadth of fresh and alluring releases these last few years, US outfit OCNS return once again to offer up their dreamy new single 'HOT LATE IT WAS'.

Capturing more of that sweet and passionate pop-rock direction they are known for, 'HOW LATE IT WAS' makes for a wonderfully embracing listen. Channelling the same heartfelt aesthetic as The 1975, their newest effort is another shining example of their glittering sound to date.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and what has inspired them most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Drew: Obviously…the guitar.

Isaac: mmm…tambores.

Grandy: Piano

Esdras: Yeah mine was definitely not bass.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Drew: Cradle of Filth

Isaac: mmm… probably African music.

Esdras: what did i listen to… listened to it all man.

Grandy: Definitely whatever Drew made me listen to….Asking Alexandria.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Drew: I think Thank You, Happy Birthday. That was one of the first things I remember buying.

Isaac: I never really bought albums... Limewire.

Esdras: Same

Grandy: Michael Bublé’s Christmas Album

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Drew: Everything In Its Right Place by Radiohead

Isaac: After the Love Has Gone…the key changes

Esdras: Fade Into You - Mazzy Star

Grandy: Nothing More Than That - The Paper Kites

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Drew: I’d say I usually get an idea from running, by the time i get back it’s probably a different idea. Most often it’s from something I'm listening to or watching.

Isaac: I watch movies to get ideas. Good movies.

Esdras: Usually get ideas from books..reading.

Grandy: I don’t write til it’s night time. It’s gotta be dimmed lights…red and blue. Yeah… yeah.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Drew: I’ve been listening to a lot of Angel Olson and Trapped Under Ice.

Isaac: All of Lo Moon's current album...

Esdras: Widow’s Peak


If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Drew: Emma Ruth Rundle

Isaac: Kaytranada

Esdras: Ry X

Grandy: I’ll open up for The Paper Kites

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Drew: Mine is the energy I get from it for sure.

Isaac: That's a disgusting question right there…

Esdras: I know mine…most rewarding is. I know it but I don't know how to say it… There’s always something new. There’s always something new to make.

Grandy: I get to see Drew, Isaac, and Esdras in one room.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Drew: For me it’s getting stuck and feeling like you haven't been able to improve or make anything new; not being able to get out of it. I keep getting my balls stuck in my guitar strings…

Isaac: I just make too much and get too lost in excessively writing, and therefore never being satisfied.

Esdras: Not getting things done for sure.

Grandy: Carrying gear.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Grandy: Phil tells me just do it.

Isaac: Yeah..Phil the other day told me to just do it. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Esdras: Keep Writing.

Drew: Listen to all genres of music.


OCNS' new single 'HOW LATE IT WAS' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.