The Hand In The Ocean
Detroit native band, The Hand In The Ocean, are returning this year and playing day two of Middle of the Mitten 6 Music Festival. Get to know them a little better and read our interview!
1. What most highly influences your music?
The fork in the road. It’s always there. Our friends, other musicians we love.
2. What are your favorite bands/albums?
It’s always impossible to choose favorites when it comes to most things, so here are a few things I’v been listening to recently. La Dispute’s latest album Rooms of the House continues to get better with each listen, Animals as Leaders’ The Joy of Motion, Elis Regina’s Elis & Tom has been sneaking up on me as well.
3. How did your band first form?
Nate fell out of the sky from the spirit realm using his testicles as a parachute. When Jay and Jeremy heard the whistling from his body buzzing through the atmosphere, they waited for nightfall and followed the brightest star in the sky until they found Nate. In three part harmony, they cried together until morning and dropped out of college. A bystander heard what was happening and recorded it on GarageBand. The Hand in the Ocean doesn’t technically exist. They’ve been locked up in legal litigation trying to win the rights to the .wav files of those original recordings since then.
4. What’s your favorite aspect of music festivals or concerts?
A music festival is still something I’ve yet to go to. For some reason the first thing I think of is sweaty overpopulation with overpriced everything and occasionally you’ll see a band that you kind of like or read about on some music blog on the internet, but i’m sure this is mostly exaggerated and I hate fun. Once again favorites are tough, but besides playing/listening to other bands play, it would be interacting with the other musicians or people attending and noticing all these little connections between everyone.
5. What are some of your hobbies?
We all have hobbies outside of music that keep us busy besides work and shows and sometimes showers. J sometimes plays in another band Jacque Rocques, reads words in books, sometimes even all of them and makes 1st grade level water colors.
6. What would be your band’s spirit animal?
Our band’s spirit animal would have to be the Southern Shelled Padka for many reasons. Not only do I feel that we as a band all really represent one of it’s three infamous moods, but there is a staggering amount of history with this animal and I am absolutely intrigued with each article I read about them.