Often described as one of Canada’s best up-and-coming acts, Hey Ocean is a young band with a remarkable talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own.
The beautiful melodies and clever lyrics of singers Ashleigh Ball and David Beckingham have been described as both poetic and thought provoking, however it is apparent that these two play off each other effortlessly. The duo - who have had a long-standing musical relationship - are joined by the wildly energetic David Vertesi on bass and the groove-obsessed Daniel Klenner on drums. Together, they have created a musical repertoire that cannot be ignored – be it on radio, television or your neighbor’s iPod, Hey Ocean will soon be everywhere.
What began as a very casual musical partnership on the beaches of Costa Rica, has now morphed into one of Canada’s most successful independent bands. Their rapid success can be attributed to their do-it-yourself attitude, which has recently helped build their self-owned label, Pop Machine.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Bedouin Soundclash, Xavier Rudd, Sarah Harmer and Wintersleep, their onstage charisma and playful demeanor continue to capture the hearts of listeners – both young and old. Recent performances include appearances at Calgary Virgin Festival, Saskatoon Jazz Festival and Whistler Arts Festival.
Passionate voices, pensive words and contagious fun keep this music honest and pure; from the heart and for the soul.
When asked what fans can expect from their sophomore release – which is set for a fall release - the band candidly replies “a bunch of songs that sound nothing alike. However, they will be unmistakably Hey Ocean”.
Continuously leaving fans in awe, Hey Ocean combines sheer talent, charismatic songs, and an undeniably energetic live show, making them a "must see" band for 2008.
Ashleigh Ball - Vocals/Flute
David Beckingham - Vocals/Guitar
Dave Vertesi - Bass
Dan Klenner - Percussion