Five Oceans
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Five Oceans

London, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

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Established on Jan, 2015
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"Oceans rides winning wave"

Three-fifths of the London roots and alt-country band that won London Covers shares an original tune in this week’s Reaney’s Pick video.

Five Oceans’ rootsy gem To The South receives a stripped down, acoustic treatment from its co-writers, the Oakridge secondary school grads Warren Hargraves and Josh Try.

Sax player and percussionist Creg Johnston joins lead singer and guitarist Hargraves and Try, lead guitarist and backup vocalist. Hargraves is Johnston’s nephew and helped bring his uncle into the swim.

To The South is on track on the band’s Try-helmed 2015 EP, From What You’ve Heard, with Johnston.

The band was just in the studio, this time with London recording ace Randy Rektor.

Five Oceans is used to questions about its name. Band members get asked, “Which ocean are you?” They also hear from helpful souls who need to share the fact there are seven oceans on the planet.

So why oceans and why stop at five? Early on, the band had been thinking about names when Try turned up a mention of Led Zeppelin’s Ocean.

That helped chart the voyage as the proto band continued to search for its brand. Five was likely the right number when it came to members. Still, there was room for absurdity.

“We had it down to ‘Barbecue’ or ‘Lamp,’ ” said one Ocean.

“So we picked Five Oceans,” finished another.

Missing the video shoot Tuesday because of commitments were its Western Don Wright music faculty-­tied rhythm section of drummer Mark Swan and bassist Pat Dal Cin.

On the way to triumphing at London Covers, Five Oceans ride the waves as the assigned hits kept coming. The Oceans’ swell Justin Bieber’s Sorry had the band surging into the final five. The 5-O’s cover of R. Kelly’s Ignition helped claim the crown.

Five Oceans also had its originals ready for the London Covers finale last month at the London Music Hall. One was heard during the judging. Another, I’m Gone, was saved for the encore, with the crowd cheering the champs.

Meanwhile, the fab five often flow into other bands.

Dal Cin and Try were in a 2015 lineup backing London singer WoJo (Stephanie Wojtowicz offstage).

Try and Swan are in Toronto-based singer Stacey Kay’s band.

Try also is in the Molly Bloom’s house band, a job he found through work in the Oakridge musical theatre production of Rent.

Johnston has been in London’s Gypsy Ghosts and just played Toronto’s Mod Club with the Tdot 14-piece collective Chunk O’ Funk.

A Five Oceans admirer asked Johnston which sax icon he was channelling during To The South.

“John Klemmer. Do you know him?” Johnston replied, naming a smooth and soulful sax stylist.

The oceanic admirer did and suggested, to Johnston’s approval, the late sax titan Stan Getz as another possibility.

Perhaps he was thinking of a famous Getz cover, How Deep Is The Ocean? - London Free Press


Discography

2015: Debut EP, "From What You've Heard".
2016: "I'm Gone", single.
2017: "Broceans EP"

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Five Oceans first wows an audience with the powerful vocals of lead singer Warren Hargraves. Hargraves’ voice features vintage-meets-modern charm, influenced as much by old school acts like The Allman Brothers and The Eagles as it is by current-day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Anderson East. When first paired with the dynamic work of guitarist Josh Try (Stacey Kay, POESY, Patrick James Clark) in summer 2014, the high school friends knew they had captured something special. Try went to work finding a rhythm section capable of taking the pair to new heights, eventually recruiting two of the finest musicians he knew: bassist Pat Dal Cin (POESY, Tragedy Ann, Patrick James Clark, Kincrest) and drummer Mark Swan (Stacey Kay, POESY, Patrick James Clark). Hargraves also recruited his uncle, accomplished saxophonist Creg Johnston (Soul Sausage, Brothers Inc, Chunk O' Funk), to round out the lineup. Since then, Five Oceans have been hard at work generating interest on the local scene, including spotlight appearances on CHRW, Reaney’s Pick and the London Free Press; the band have also shared the stage with acts like Arkells, The Darcys, Torero, Genevieve Fisher, Nate & Trish or Whatever, and Cedar and Pine. After the release of their debut EP, “From What You’ve Heard”, in fall 2015, the boys continued to develop their own brand of country- and soul-flavoured rock with the release of their first single, “I’m Gone” (produced with Studio B’s Randy Rektor) in May 2016. A wild summer saw Five Oceans play shows to captive audiences across Southwestern Ontario, including multiple sets in Toronto and Hamilton. With colder weather, the band settled in to record a new EP with producer Alastair Sims, and anticipate its release in spring 2017. While concluding this EP and establishing a release plan, Five Oceans won London's #StartYourJRNY contest (hosted by Prevail Media), and will be hard at work on future releases and dates. Avid performers, Five Oceans are always looking for the next gig and the next challenge!

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