When you consider what has happened over the last 365 days, March has become one of the most unfortunate anniversary months of all time. For years to come, we’ll be looking at March the way we look at September 11th each year when it comes along, with feelings of anxiety and unrest. But, March 2020 did make sure to give us fans of indie rock one positive development, the formation of the impressive new band known as Ocean Flaws. It was almost a year to the day that the group released their debut single “Deep Sea Dreaming,” and now they have returned with their third single, “Touching Down.”
Commenting on “Touching Down,” drummer Alex said, “This song marks our first time experimenting with loops, in this case, it was the drum part and the synth from the beginning of the song. It was kind of fun to combine a relatively more modern approach like that with some classic rock elements, which come across in the guitar work, notably the Lyndsey Buckingham-esque guitar solo from Sean at the end.”
Hailing from Essex, England, Ocean Flaws have a pleasant approach to rock n’ roll, an appealing sound that will appeal to fans of The Cars, MGMT, and Blossoms. It’s been more of an eventful year than you would think for a still emerging rock band, with the band finding opportunities to fit in shows around London and a lot of time in the studio spent recording. Their most significant gig yet was playing as support for Oasis bassist and guitarist Andy Bell. They’ve also received a lot of national radio play, which has exposed them to a whole crop of UK listeners they’re not able to reach, with tour still being limited. There has been a lot of pandemic-related self-expression over the last year, but none quite as unique as what you’re getting from Ocean Flaws.