Louder Oceans: Brandon Ficquette and Reed Schackmann came together in early 2015 to begin writing music as an acoustic duo. As their music began to develop, it became clear that Ficquette’s ability to generate catchy riffs and intricate solos mixed with Schackmann’s diverse vocal range and songwriting abilities created a powerful dynamic. For the next two years, Ficquette and Schackmann spent their time honing their sound and experimenting with different iterations of cast members that would eventually be known as Louder Oceans. In 2017, the duo were finally joined by powerhouse duo Alejandro Quiroz and recent Portland, OR transplant Tom Andes to complete the quartet. Together Andes and Quiroz provide the deep pocket and hard grooves that are the canvas that is layered with ambient guitar grooves and soaring vocals to create the eclectic and diverse sound of Louder Oceans.
In 2018, Louder Oceans offered their debut release “Megaphone Tsunami”. Right out of the gate, Megaphone Tsunami received raving reviews from friends, family, radio and publications alike. The success of the album was summarized candidly by Veronica Bisesti of the Portland Radio Project, “Without a doubt [Louder Oceans] Is taking names and making waves!”. Within the first week of the albums release, their song ‘Staxx’ gained international exposure by landing on radio programs that aired in countries across the world including the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Louder Ocean’s sound has been described as “eclectic rock” and a fusion of 70’s psychedelic and 90’s alt rock. With their unique sound and intricate yet accessible song writing, Louder Oceans continues to garner attention both
locally and internationally.
Seance Crasher is the recording alias of Kevin Rafn joined by stage vets Lia Gist, Scott Harlan, James Taylor and Alexander Thomas. Through high lyricism, bouncy guitar work and anachronistic synth strokes, the band is propelled through a variety of vibrations. Unique narratives are at the heart of each tune. Seance Crasher has released four records: Purity Under Pressure, City Bus EP, Piano Pills and Basement Behavior. A fifth album entitled Gentle Cycle is nearing completion.
Sleep Millennium is an artistic experience for the modern era. A performance journey that seeks the human condition in the cosmic dissonance of the universe. The 4-piece group from the Pacific Northwest combines an epic wall of sound that fuses guitars, synths, drums, and electronics with a multi-media visual show that is at once classic and forward thinking.