WPGU Band of the Week: Oceans

Please list the names of all members of your band.
Keith Marek-Guitar, Mike Parkinson-Bass, Ryan Martin-Guitar, Nick Wakim-Drums, Luis Bellorin-Violin.

Where did you get your band name?
We were originally going to be named Oceans and Smokestacks, but for our first show the promoter made a mistake and listed us as just Oceans so we just stuck with it.
When did you start performing together?
Fall 2005

Who is your greatest musical influence?
We all listen to a wide variety of music so it is hard to pick out one influence. Some artists that I admire are The Ghost, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Lawrence Arms, Mt. St. Helens, and many others. I can’t say for sure whether these artists work influences Oceans or not.

What is your favorite place to perform?
House shows are always fun, so we love playing at places like the Porch Honkey House but its also fun to play in more official venues especially when all of our friends are there.
What is your drink of choice before or after a show?
I would have to say that a beer or gin and tonic is nice. Nick doesn’t drink so he would probably say a slurpee from seven eleven.
What is your latest album called?
Our soon to be released full length is titled “Nothing Collapses”
When is your next performance?
We don’t have anything confirmed right now, but we’ll be playing either in CU or Chicago soon, and we may possibly play a few dates around the midwest in late November.
If you could perform with anyone in the history of music, who would it be?
It would be cool to perform with Miles Davis and Wu Tang.
What historical figure does your music resemble?
Louis F. Post
If you could own any exotic animal, what would it be?
I would just like to have a dog I could play with.
What is your favorite thing to eat as a band?
Taco Bell, Pizza, Indian Buffets and Cravings
What cartoon character does your band most identify with?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
We like pizza.
What kind of bike do you ride?
A white road bike. Everyone rides regular road bikes, except for Nick. He is a fixed gear snob.
What is your favorite joke?
The ones that make me laugh
What is your favorite Eastern European capital?
I would have to visit Eastern Europe before I decided that.
What was your favorite middle school field trip?
In 8th grade my class went to D.C. for 3 days. That was quite the experience. We got to stay in a hotel room without our parents for 3 days.
How often do you get your hair cut?
Every few months.
What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Probably one of the shows that we went to at the Fireside Bowl. I remember seeing a lot of great bands there.
Who are you voting for in 2008?
Probably Obama. Who did you vote for in 2004?
I wasn’t 18 at that point.
Does man-bear-pig exist?
What is one thing you do that’s good for the Earth?
I ride a bike.
What is your band’s favorite lunch meat?
I am vegetarian as is most of the band.
What is your least favorite reality TV show?
Most of them are pretty awful in their own unique way.
What is your favorite movie?
City of God is pretty great. I don’t know for sure. There are a lot of great ones out there.
What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?
Probably just going on tour. That is pretty cool. If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?
This is an interesting question. Is there any reality or is reality just our perceptions and therefore without our perception there is no reality. I have not read as much philosophy as I would like to, so I am not going to attempt this.
What is your favorite kind of underwater creature?
Sweet horn.
If you could time travel, what would you go see?
“I Have A Dream” Speech, “Bullet or Ballot” Speech, signing of Declaration of Independence, End of Apartheid. I would also like to see what life was like for everyday people during different times. I would like to see a lot of prehistoric life too. I would do a lot.
What’s your favorite video game system?
N64. Which Teenage mutant Ninja Turtle do you best identify with?
He seems to love pizza the most.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of music?
Some of the expenses of equipment, recording, etc… are pretty embarrassing.
If you could be one of the Flavor of Love girls, who would you be?
Probably the one that spit on New York. Not sure why, but yeah.
What is one cool thing you think everyone should know about you?
I play in a band!
And another?
I once met Bo Jackson
What is your favorite song to play live?
Probably “Your Plane Leaves Tomorrow”. Just because the sing along part. Although we did stop playing it for a while because it got to be too expected.
Which Mario Kart character is the best?
Toad, no doubt.
Boxers or briefs?
What is your favorite office supply?
I like those relaxation balls where one ball swings at that end and then it hits and makes the ball at the other end swing.
Describe your audience in 3 words.
Get wild, stay wild. (I know its 4).
What is one thing that everyone but your band finds funny?
I’m not sure. I can tell you that a good portion of the band prefers the British version of “The Office” over the American one.
What is your favorite place to spend a Friday night?
Hanging out with my friends.
What is your favorite comedy film?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
What is your favorite brand of shoes?
I like sandals
Do unicorns exist?
It depends what you mean by “exist”. Maybe.

Leave a Reply