The Immigrants - The Ocean Breathe
Rock, Underground, Rock n Roll
New Hampshire, United States
Overall Impression: The Immigrants carefully excavate their weathered nautical ballad The Ocean Breathe from salty depths, hoisting their lilting, guitar driven melody and gruff vocals over depths of ambient waves, supple bass, and crisp drums locked in a solid pocket. Lyrics recount an ill-fated whaling voyage, drowned by the very creature it had marked as prey, as all the while, the ocean raged dispassionately on. Flirting back and forth between Alt Rock and something heavier, the Immigrants fuse gritty attitude with historical awareness in a tale treacherous and intriguing enough to lure in listeners of all ages.
Strongest Point(s): The Ocean Breathe has a strong buoyant melody, and the segues to the chorus where The Immigrants break into a more Metal influenced structure lend the piece a lot of character. Nautical themes are classically fascinating to audiences, and both the intrigue and detail brought to the table in this roughly historical narrative help make The Ocean Breathe something special. The distant sounds of waves, wind, and circling birds that bookend the song and are sprinkled liberally throughout the composition are icing on top, generating a vivid atmosphere from the very first moments of the song.
Target Audience Appeal: While the Ocean Breathe is solid in its Mainstream and Alternative Rock appeal, The Immigrants also shouldn't be surprised to pick up listeners from the worlds of Metal, Folk Punk, and Gypsy Punk as well. Well built for any colorful bar, club, or dive, The Immigrants are perfect for live bookings in small to mid-sized venues, and considering the band's background and imagery, could also be a natural choice for filling out a St. Patty's Day lineup.
Artist target suggestions: The Libertines, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bauhaus, The Damned, The Cribs, The Decemberists
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