Nautical Mile is a band from Perth, Western Australia who is the true definition of blending sounds into a cohesive and interesting arrangement. Comprised of Brodi Owen (vocals), Nick Henrisson (bass), Dan Ray (guitar) and Caleb Wynter (drums). We spoke with Dan & Caleb about the formation of the band and their goals for the new decade of 2020! We are so stoked to see what this pop-punk band will accomplish in 2020.
WCBG: How did you become a band?
Dan: We actually found each other in a Facebook Group for musicians in the area. We kinda came together through this music forum and have worked together ever since.
WCBG: Who are your biggest influences?
Caleb: All four of us have similar influence, others might be more far-fetched. Some of our influences are A Day to Remember, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Neck Deep, and State Champs.
Dan: Collectively we are huge A Day to Remember fans.
WCBG: What are you currently listening to?
Dan: Meant Well, Parting Ways, and some other bands.
Caleb: Trophy Eyes, You Me at Six, and some post-hardcore bands.
WCBG: What is your opinion of streaming services like Spotify?
Dan: It is great for the consumer. You can hit play and find stuff you wouldn’t have before. From the artist side it is not that great—it is a shame the dominant form is streaming and tended to kill the revenue from selling music. Most money we make comes from touring and selling merch. It is good for exposure and it is easily accessible. Actually 60% of our listeners come from the US.
Caleb: Streaming services make it easier to have our music in front of everyone. It is a way to reach a wide audience.
WCBG: What is your favorite album that you own?
Dan: Enter Shikari. I own all of the repressing of the band and whenever they release a new vinyl I need to have it.
Caleb: Homesick by A Day to Remember
WCBG: What is your writing process like?
Dan: It is mostly me and Caleb. I work with Caleb; he comes up with the drum parts and we work on the structure together. We realized the band works well once we bring an idea to the table and a basis of an idea is presented Brodi can use it to create lyrics and melody. Caleb and I flesh out the ideas further and every member of the band gets involved in a different stage of the process. Subtle little things can change throughout the process that would have originally been hard to hear. I normally come up with the guitar track and Caleb comes up with the demo track on his laptop.
WCBG: Describe your sound in 3 words.
Nautical Mile: Fast. The songs normally range about 150bpm. Dynamic. Loud. Varied, and “in your face.”
Dan: It is not always pop-punk/post hardcore. We also look at prog rock and prog metal. That’s probably influenced my guitar playing.
WCBG: What is your favorite part of a song you’ve written?
Caleb: I write the drum parts, so the drumming in Marionette. I tend to play for the genre and what suits the music. It is something more intricate and makes me excited.
Dan: My favorite song would have to be “Shattered.” I basically wrote the whole thing. It was the last song written for the album. I also really like “Regicide.” I’m proud of everything on the album they all hold a special place in my heart.
WCBG: What is your favorite venue that you’ve ever played in?
Caleb: Capital or Amplify in Perth. The Brightside in Brisbane is also a great venue.
Dan: Badlands and The Brightside
WCBG: What is the local scene like?
Nautical Mile: Perth is an isolated city. Adelaide is about three-hour flight. You have to make a big effort to make a difference to bring a production here.
WCBG: If you could perform with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why?
Caleb: A Day to Remember. They continue to put out good quality music while staying true to the genre they intended to play.
Dan: Enter Shikari or A Day to Remember. It would be one of those dreams to play with them one day.
WCBG: What are your plans for 2020?
Nautical Mile: We put an album out in October last year called The Only Way is Through. We are looking at trying to get overseas for tour and run more promotion for the album. We will also start writing again for whatever comes next!
WCBG is stoked to see what Nautical Mile will do in 2020 and we especially love the connectivity music has for our generation.
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Sea of Tranquility is a two-piece synth band from North Carolina. Their music is reminiscent of 80’s music. When asked to describe their sound in the duo said, it is modern 80’s music with alt-rock guitar and pop lyrics. Chandler & Worth told WCBG all about their music and their goals for the future!
Chandler was a bartender at a bar Worth frequented. They would discuss multiple things, including music. After getting to know each other, Worth asked Chandler if he wanted to sing in his band and the rest is history. Chandler came up with the name, Sea of Tranquility—he said that he had the name in mind before when he was writing music and it seemed fitting to use it.
Their first official music video was for their track “1AM.” Chandler wrote the song and it is based on his experiences from two summers ago. The duo worked with young videographers to plan out the imagery and story they wanted to show the world. The song is about being in love with someone and thinking about them all the time, even at 1AM. Worth mentioned that they looked for really cool spots in their hometown to use in the video and that the concept with the TVs was one they had in mind for a long time.
When asked what their favorite lyric that they have ever written is, Chandler said that it would have to be off the song “Into the Deep.” The lyrics are: “Take my hand, come with me/ I’m calling you into the deep.” For the duo, music is a way for them to express their feelings. Chandler tends to focus on writing the music while Worth states that he works with the production of the tracks. Chandler and Worth tend to bounce ideas off each other and work well to combine their talents to produce sick tracks.
“Music is when life experiences and ideas come together. It’s sharing a story we can relate to.” -Sea of Tranquility
The duo states that they do not release music for other people. It is their story to tell and share with others. The music is written for them to share their story and send a message. They are influenced by artists like The 1975, and synth bands as well as Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance.
In 2020, Sea of Tranquility is aiming to release a new song about every 6-8 weeks and to book more shows!
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Mandala is a band from Connecticut comprised of Abe (guitar), Morgan (vocals and tambourine), Matt (bass), Sean (drums) and Pat (guitar). Mandala performed at WCBG’s Fall 2019 Concert for Charity and they were exceptional! We spoke with Sean over the phone about the formation of the band and their plans for the future.