UK Metalcore band, Oceans Ate Alaska, are a young and emerging group that is crushing the scene with their musical style that provides the ultimate adrenaline rush. The guys released their sophomore studio album, ‘Hikari’, in 2017 and have been riding the high of an abundance of positive feedback pertaining to their maturation and universal growth. I caught up with Lead Vocalist, Jake Noakes, to discuss the wonders of dry shampoo, being on tour with We Came As Romans and The Plot In You, gratitude for their fans, his tattoo dedicated to his grandparents and more.
Congrats on your second full-length album release, ‘Hikari’. Tell us about the creative and recording process around and what set this album apart from the debut?
I can only really talk about the vocal side when it comes to the creative aspects of the album, as honestly I’m still baffled as to how Chris (our drummer) pieces together the ideas he comes up with. For me though, when it comes to lyrics or song subjects, I either write about things personal to me, or from what I can only describe as trigger sentences and words. Therefore, I’ll either read or hear something that inspires me or a word that I find interesting and then the song will literally stem from there.
What has been the greatest fan reaction that you have encountered to the new music and the overall reception to the album?
I honestly think that the thing that never ceases to amaze us is when fans approach us with lyrics or our album artwork tattooed on their body. It’s always weird to think a piece of music or words you conjured up in your bedroom can have such an impression on someone. I mean, to the point where they want it permanently marked on their body.
Did you set a New Year’s resolution? If so, what was it?
For me, it’s definitely to try and get more fit and in shape. One of the hardest parts of touring the US is definitely the ease of access to unhealthy food. So even after playing shows and affectively doing cardio day in day out, I always seemingly come back a little heavier and even more unfit.
You guys are gearing up to head out on tour with We Came As Romans and The Plot In You. What were your thoughts about the latest album release, ‘Cold Like War’, by We Came As Romans?
Personally, I haven’t actually listened to it as of yet, but I am definitely a fan of other stuff they have put out! I am excited to share the stage with The Plot In You too, as they have always been one of my favourite bands and Landon is a big inspiration to me personally.
What are some must-have tour essentials that you bring on the road and recommend to fellow bands just learning their groove when it comes to touring?
If you have long hair, like myself, it has to be dry shampoo (dont judge me!). Be under no illusion, touring is never as glamorous as it’s made out to be, there is a lot of living rough and often going days without the luxury of showering, so be prepared to disguise that greasy hair and mask that offensive body odour with whatever communal deodorant is kicking about in the van.
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Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoos artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
One of my favourite pieces and the one that holds the most meaning to me is probably my dotwork sleeve on my right arm. It’s a commemorative piece in memory of my great Grandparents who passed when I was younger. Instead of getting the council estate classic ‘Nan’ written on me, I instead opted for two main features that help me remember them, a Chrysanthemum and a racing Pigeon. Her favourite flower and his favourite hobby. There is more to the story but I won’t bore you. Thomas Cardiff at Royal Ink in Leamington Spa was the very talented gentleman who helped bring it to life.
If you could get any tattoo by any tattoo artist in the world, budget free, what would you get tattooed and which tattoo artist would you choose?
There are quite a few tattoo artists that I would love to be tattooed by. I really admire Sam Clark’s work and style. Also, I really admire Mike Stockings’ work as well, but my favourite at the moment is possibly Cristian Casas.
Which fellow Fearless Records bands/musicians do you think are going to have an explosive 2018?!
For me, I think our boys in Wage War are the ones to watch in 2018 if you aren’t already keeping an eye on them! They really are a nice bunch of guys and they are supremely talented as well.
If you could have a conversation with either your younger self or yourself as a senior citizen, who would you choose and why?
As I’ve actually just started my own tattoo apprenticeship, I for sure wish I could talk to my younger self and tell him not to put down the pencil for long and stop drawing. I’ve always been into art from a very young age and have always found it incredibly therapeutic, I just wish I had continued it after leaving secondary school would be interesting to see to what standard my work would be today.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
I just want or fans to know how grateful we are for their constant support. Thank you so much for allowing me to tour the world doing the thing that I love for the people that I love.