With The End Of The Ocean recently releasing their new album, we caught up with the band to get a curated playlist of their favourite tracks.
Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life: The dichotomy of upbeat and catchy music versus darker lyrical content is executed so well on this one – this really influenced my own approach to writing music. I borrowed this record from a friend at 11 years old because his mom objected to the lyrics and was going to throw it away. If this song doesn’t make you smile and sing you should probably get your head checked.
Nostalghia – Plastic Heart: “Oh my, there’s nothing left to hide. There’s nothing left to die”. This one really hits the nail on the head that is being numb, hallow and medicated. It’s a relatively short and simple song but packs a hell of a punch.
Death Cab for Cutie – What Sarah Said: This song really opened my eyes to the reality of losing people who are close to you. The lyrics, “Love is watching someone die” really spoke to me when I first heard this song and still does to this day.
The Story So Far – Roam: This song always gets me pumped up in whatever mood I’m in. I love being in a car with my friends and yelling this song to each other.
Drug Church – Unlicensed Guidance Counselor: A proper and measured analysis of our humanity/volatility, our propensity to spiral and destroy ourselves, and ultimately a reminder there is hope to turn it all around. “If you live long enough, you’ll do something wrong enough, that you feel shamed enough to say enough is enough.”
Eisley – Memories: I’ve listened to this song since I was 18 years old, and every time I give it a spin it draws a tear or two. It’s hard to imagine how the girls in the band were able to write these beautiful, longing lyrics in their teenage years. “Darling shouldn’t I be the one wondering? After all I am the one who is gone. I’m always wondering where you are.”
Land Of Talk – It’s Okay: This is a song that reminds me of a past life. It stays with me always and haunts me. It always gives me the feels and in a way is a reminder of how to be better to the ones I love. It’s always in heavy rotation.
Behemoth – Slaves Shall Serve: This track is hard as nails and is one of my favourite metal songs of all time. Intense and relentless from start to finish. Heavy metal is the law.
Opeth – Deliverance: An essential track and record. The perfect blend of death metal and progressive rock. None better. A huge inspiration.
Katatonia – July: The Great Cold Distance was released my first year at university and it’s been on regular rotation since. Away from home, friends gone, depression, and a crumbling relationship. “Heat. Night devour me. Repeat. Repetition.
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