Possible Oceans are out for blood with their latest single. Written months before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an oddly prescient fashion ‘Blood in the Water’ captures the chaos and tension of 2020 with its attention-grabbing arrangement and undeniable attitude. Songwriter Trevor O’Neill pulls no punches with this track as swirling synths and driving drums give way to an explosive guitar hook complimented by processed vocals. O’Neill’s simple yet effective chorus melody and swaggering vocal performance at once recall the cocksure persona of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and the blunt tunefulness of Royal Blood. The tune displays dynamic complexity as an extended, atmospheric bridge allows O’Neill to play with a variety of engaging synths while building to a viscerally satisfying outro. With ‘Blood in the Water’ serving as the first in a collection of new singles set for release this year, Possible Oceans are a band to watch in 2021.
Words by James Olson