Regional Victorian legends Ocean Sleeper have found themselves as part of the annual UNIFY GATHERING lineup in mid January and to celebrate, they are today releasing a video for their brand new single, the eponymous track from their EP “SIX FEET DOWN”.
Friday January 13 will be a momentous day for the four-piece Gippsland Metalcore crew – they will take the stage at UNIFY GATHERING and their EP “Six Feet Down” will be available for purchase online. Pre-Orders for the EP are live now at bandcamp.com and at iTunes, with purchasers getting single “Six Feet Down” as soon as it is purchased!
The “Six Feet Down” video to celebrate the single was shot by Callan Nicholson of Achiever Visuals. Karl Spiessl, vocalist for the band, said “We filmed it at our local skate park at night to give that urban feel – being from the country somewhere like a city makes me personally have the cold and alone feel, so i wanted to kind of capture that feel. i know for sure that all my mates – whenever we would have any dramas at home, we would always just go ride at the skate park… and that place was our little safe spot to escape Ii guess.”
Guitarist (and all-rounder) for the band Ionei Heckenberg recorded, produced, mixed and mastered the EP out of his studio Zanari Records.
Vocalist Karl Spiessl explains the single Six Feet Down’s story. “6 feet down is about myself and follows the theme that ‘No matter what, the mistakes are you’ve made, they are what makes you who you are now.’ In my case I’ve made many bad decisions but I’m happy with how they have made me now, so i guess it was all necessary? I sought help once with a psychologist due to constant panic and anxiety attacks and that’s where you get the first line of six feet down of ‘Where do i begin?’”
The Ocean Sleeper guys have been lucky enough to share the stage with Columbus, The Brave, The Getaway Plan and Belle Haven and have toured with Australian powerhouses For All Eternity and Of Divinity.
The theme of the EP is around wanting to break cycles of feeling helpless. “It really represents being stuck in the same place. We all live in a country area that stays the same. It’s just filled with drug issues. People get trapped here in a cycle of – go to school, get apprenticeship, get married, buy house, have kids, cycle repeats and no one leaves here – alternatively, they get stuck in the drug cycle. So in saying that, the EP represents being stuck in this place but not knowing ways to escape – but wanting something more and to achieve more.”
So, it’s especially incredible and important when Ocean Sleeper take the stage on Friday 13th January at the 2017 UNIFY GATHERING, which will see them play alongside Canadian legends Alexisonfire and Australian stalwarts Violent Soho and Northlane, as well as iconic shows from The Getaway Plan and Bodyjar. The Festival will be the first opportunity to get Ocean Sleeper’s EP “SIX FEET DOWN” on CD.
Ocean Sleeper’s “Six Feet Down” EP will be available from Friday January 13th at iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and all good online outlets. Pre-Orders are live NOW at iTunes and at bandcamp, with purchasers getting single “Six Feet Down” straight away. Single “Six Feet Down” is available on Spotify today. Tickets to UNIFY GATHERING are available at unifygathering.com.
For more information about Ocean Sleeper, go to facebook.com/oceansleeper