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Oceanator is one of our favourite NYC bands. Elise & Co. have been playing livestreams since the pandemic started, and hopefully you’ve caught them and gotten a glimpse at some of the amazing new songs off their upcoming album “Things I Never Said.”

Late summer rock and roll is always a reason to celebrate. Hitting the internet, and your local record stores, in late August was Oceanator’s debut record. It was originally going to be released on Tiny Engines, but when that ship went down she saved it and put it out on her own, and next year Polyvinyl is going to be re-releasing it. Pretty good turn of events honestly. “Crack in the World” hits a little harder this year with Elise Okusami belting out “and I’m still trying my best you know it keeps getting harder and harder every day”. She sings this while the music thrashes you around, much as this year has. This record screams to be played live with tracks like “Hide Away” and “January 21st” just wanting to bust out of their confines.

The main guitar riff in “Heartbeat” is one of the most uplifting of the year and the song itself is straight out of a late 90’s or early 00’s movie montage. Elise sings with and over herself on “I Would Find You” and it’s strangely hypnotic. “The Sky is Falling” begins quietly as anger slowly builds up until the music cannot be held back any longer and the guitar swoops in to get it out all as the rest of the band picks up as well. It’s the heaviest song on the album. We are left with “Sunshine” telling us we can be ok on our own. It may not be ideal this year, but self-love is something we all need sometimes.

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Released August 28th, 2020

All songs written by Elise Okusami

Elise Okusami – guitar, bass, drums, synths, vocals
Eva Lawitts – bass
Andrew Whitehurst – drums
Mike Okusami – drums, bass, synths
Aaron Silberstein – drums

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Meet Stimmerman, a punk-infused solo artist who knows how to combine heavy guitar riffs and a whole lot of attitude. It’s not hard to see what we’re talking about if you listen to, for instance, her latest single “It Shows,” which has one of the sickest, distorted, punk rock guitar riffs you’ll hear this year, The song comes from Stimmerman’s forthcoming “Goofballs” album which just so happens to be the first full-length released under the Stimmerman moniker.

The album traverses the subjects of loss and survivor’s guilt, related to her experience seeing a good friend pass away due to a fatal drug overdose at a young age. Side A of Goodfalls is about looking back at the environment in which her relationship began with the friend, a reality filled with the pressures of children having to reach a certain level of success, mature faster than they should be, and the general difficulties of being an adolescent living in Brooklyn. Side B is more of an introspective look at grief and culpability, and coping with her friend’s passing. The name of the album Goofballs has a double meaning, where from one point of view, the album explores more of Stimmerman’s sense of humour, but on the other hand, it also is a reference to the meaning of goofballs within the drug culture where it’s meant to describe the class of drug barbiturates.

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Stimmerman, real name Eva Lawitts, is a native New Yorker, active in the music industry for many years. She has played on various records by various artists and toured with many musicians, including Vagabon and Princess Nokia. She is also half of the team behind the creation of Wonderpark Studios in Brooklyn and previously released the debut EP Pleasant Vistas In a Somber Place.