Born in a tiny back room in the capital’s south, Videocean draw on a kaleidoscopic mix of 70s and 80s influences and deliver them with a futuristic twist.
The Peckham group’s latest single, featuring Sea Of Bees, continues their fine run of form: ‘On Your Own’ is a spacey slice of dreamy psych-soul, a classic-sounding release that recalls The Flaming Lips circa ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’.
How would you describe Videocean to a stranger?
“A little soul, a little gaze and lots of pedals. Just some good alternative music for you.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“There are so many influences in this band due to the abundance of great music we have already heard, but Motown artists have definitely played a huge part for some members of the band. Then bands like The Byrds, Supertramp, on to Tears for Fears all the way up to modern bands like Alabama Shakes. There are far too many!”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We have been pretty lucky so far partly down to the fact that all of us have been around for a bit in other bands and therefore you get to know who and who not to play for. Though as a new band, it was pretty cool playing Margate and Hackney Wonderland festival, on the same bill as The Kills, Jagwar Ma, Bo Ningen and so many more.”
You’re based in South London – what’s your local music scene like?
“There are so many wicked bands coming out of South London at the moment. It could probably do with some more mid-size venues now though. Some really great promoters pulling the good bands to the front like Sonic Tonic. We think this is really important.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“That’s a hard one! There are, again, too many – but maybe Indian Queens, WAHL and Stats. We have a few on our Spotify playlist ‘Videocean Potion’.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Videocean?
“We have just released a single through new label Fed by Music, which has had a really amazing response. It also has amazing backing vocals from Sea Of Bees. Within the next month we plan to get another out to keep up the momentum. Then a few shows lined up including the one with Hidden Herd on Friday 18th October.”