Tempest Gold was founded by Chris El-korek in early 2017. Fans of artists Echo & The Bunnymen, Robyn Hitchcock, & Love and Rockets will find themselves on familiar ground here. El-korek’s songwriting centers around themes of the subconscious, interconnectedness, struggle and triumph. His stories are not just one’s personal observations and moments but experiences shared by all. Shifting between full band arrangements and solo acoustic songs, Tempest Gold lives as an ongoing project welcoming a variety of collaborators.
Louder Oceans: Brandon Ficquette and Reed Schackmann came together in early 2015 to begin writing music together 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 good friends Alejandro Quiroz and recent Portland, OR transplant Tom Andes to complete the powerhouse 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.
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